Comment: Top Links for December 2015
We feature the top articles and news items for December 2015 below:



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Article: A new year's gift from USCIS: 140 portability rules and much more. By Tahmina Watson

Article: Two Potential Additional Uses for the I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition. By Joseph P. Whalen

Article: Is There a "Secret Immigration Policy" to Ignore Social Media? By Alex Nowrasteh

Blogging: Cruz Opposes Immigration, But Respects Constitution. Trump Opposes Both. By Roger Algase

Blogging: The Page 113 Conspiracy. By Greg Siskind

News: Statement by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson on Southwest Border Security

Focus: Seminar - Physician Immigration for Experts
The third session of the seminar series, "Physician Immigration for Experts" will be taking place this Thursday, January 7th. The Discussion Leader is Loan Huynh and other speakers for this series include Robert Aronson, Ingrid Brey, Elahe Najfabadiand, Brian Schmitt, Debra Schneider, Charley Wintersteen, and others to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - Waiver Program (Discussion Leader: Debra Schneider)
(You will receive a CD-ROM of this session)

  • How to assess and discuss persecution/hardship waiver strategies with a client
  • Pros and cons of IGA waivers vs. persecution/hardship waivers
  • When would asylum be a better option

SECOND Phone Session on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - H-1B Workaround Program (Discussion Leader: Robert Aronson)
(You will receive a CD-ROM of this session)
  • Creative strategies for establishing affiliation with institutions of higher education
  • Alternative options to H-1B sponsorship

THIRD Phone Session on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - PERM-Focused Program (Discussion Leader: Loan Huynh)
  • When is PERM the right solution?
  • ETA 9089 drafting techniques for IMG cases
  • Prevailing wage issues
  • PERM trends and issues for IMGs

For additional information, including speaker biographies and to register, please see:

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Don't delay, act today. The registration deadline for the second session is Tuesday, January 5th at 11:59pm. Can't make one of the sessions? Don't worry, we will send you a recording of any session you have missed.

Headline: U.S. Begins Immigration Crackdown on Central Americans Click here
Headline: Earlville farmer sentenced on immigration charge Click here
Headline: How immigration issues could unfold during the 2016 campaign Click here
Headline: Central American governments warn immigrants in the U.S. to lock their doors to strangers without warrants Click here

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ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
January 11, 2016, 1 - 2:35pm (Eastern). The American Bar Association, the Center for Professional Development, and the Commission on Immigration and Criminal Justice Section will sponsor a webinar on "Overcoming Implicit Bias Against Non-Citizen Defendants." The event will feature panel discussion on the report "Citizenship and Punishment: The Salience of National Membership in U.S. Criminal Courts." This is part of ABA Free CLE Series. For more details and registration see here.

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