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  • March 31 - IIUSA Election Today

    Comment: IIUSA Election Today
    Immigration Daily has covered contested AILA elections for each of the last 16 years. We have done so in an even-handed fashion, designed to facilitate the dual goals of information exchange between candidates and the bar, and to foster a climate of bar participation in elections. Our election coverage has been in the long and proud tradition of America's trade and professional press. We have never charged a dime to anyone for such coverage.

    We were made aware over the last day or two that there is an election underway to the IIUSA Board of Directors and other elective positions at IIUSA. IIUSA is NOT a bar association, albeit many members of the bar are IIUSA members. This election is a matter of first impression for us, and we are not exactly sure how to proceed. On the one hand, we recognize the increased importance of investor immigration within the overall immigration context (a fact evident in articles and news and editorial comments in Immigration Daily in recent years), on the other hand, Immigration Daily has historically viewed itself as a newspaper serving the bar, and IIUSA is emphatically not a lawyers' association.

    One candidate for the IIUSA election (TODAY!) alone reached out to us to get his message out, we are pleased to carry his statement below. Should other candidates reach out to us during the course of this IIUSA election, we will also carry their statements. All statements are carried without charge.

    Statement from Charles Foster:
    Subject: IIUSA Voting Deadline is Today, March 31st
    Dear Colleague,

    I have been nominated to run for a Board of Directors position with Invest in the USA (IIUSA). I believe that the big issues facing IIUSA involve brokering a compromise amongst the various EB-5 stakeholders regarding the potential reforms to the EB-5 Regional Center Program and maintain effective legislative outreach. My track record demonstrates that I have the temperament, know-how, leadership skills, and experience to advocate on behalf of all EB-5 stakeholders in order to reach a consensus approach to any reform. Members of IIUSA should have already received a link to the IIUSA primary election poll from Allen Wolff, IIUSA Associate Director of Marketing/Communications. As a candidate for the ballot, I ask that you support my Board of Directors nomination by voting for me today. You can vote here. Your support is greatly appreciated.

    Charles Foster
    Attorney At Law
    Houston, Texas

    ***

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    Article: The H -1B Visa Program: A Primer on the Program and its Impact on Jobs, Wages, and the Economy. By American Immigration Council

    Article: Fast-Track Green Cards for the Best and Brightest. By Kate Kalmykov and Jordi S. Bayer

    Article: The EB-5 Program Continues to Be a Bonanza for Litigating Lawyers. By David North

    Blogging: Obama Has Spent $834 Million on Deportation Charter Flights Since 2009. By Matthew Kolken

    Blogging: Asylum in Canada Is Not for Everyone (Sorry Aboot That). By Jason Dzubow

    News: USCIS Message on Comment Period for Revised Form I-485

    News: DHS OIG report on USCIS automation of immigration benefits processing shortcomings

    Focus: The Physician Immigration Book - Price Reduced
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    The book outline is as follows:

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    • H-1B Temporary Worker Considerations And Strategy For Physicians
    • Assessing All Possibilities: Other Nonimmigrant Visa Options For Physicians
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    Headline: IEEE-USA: On H-1B, Administration Allergic to Common Sense Click here
    Headline: Survey Shows the Republican Stance on Immigration is Changing - The Atlantic Click here
    Headline: Unaccompanied Minors Join Rural Immigrant Communities, Struggle For Security Click here
    Headline: Some GOP candidates for Congress will try trickle-down Trumpism. They shouldn't - The Washington Post Click here
    Headline: 10 demographic trends that are shaping the U.S. and the world - Pew Research Center Click here
    Headline: Donald Trump Says His Very Rich Muslim Friends Won't Be Banned From The Country Click here
    Headline: Most California Voters Oppose Mass Deportations and Wall Along Southern U.S. Border Click here

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Washington, D.C. Polsinelli, an AmLaw 100 firm, seeks a full-time paralegal to assist with their immigration practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. Duties include drafting government forms, letters, conducting research, maintaining files, case management, preparing and maintaining reports and communicating with clients. General knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, and ability to research and address process and protocols for filing petitions and applications with the appropriate centers. You will also be assisting with Form I-9 and E-Verify worksite auditing; and other business immigration issues. Prior experience in immigration is preferred. Candidate must have the ability to multi-task, pay close attention to detail, and have strong writing and organizational skills. Polsinelli PC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Please apply here.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    San Diego, CA. Higgs Fletcher & Mack, LLP seeks an Immigration Associate to join the Firm's Immigration Practice Group. As an Immigration Associate, you will be responsible for managing a high-volume workload of immigration cases, including immigrant visas, nonimmigrant visas, I-9 compliance, and helping establish corporate immigration policies. You will be responsible for drafting and preparing complex employment-based visa petitions. Requirements: 3 to 5 years of employment-based experience working with high-volume clients; experience with H-1B, TN, L-1, E, O, and P nonimmigrant visas; experience with EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 immigrant visa petitions, as well as PERM labor certifications. Must be admitted to and in good standing with the CA Bar. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Henry Angelino at AngelinoH@higgslaw.com

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Tysons Corner, VA. Greenberg Traurig has openings in its Tysons Corner, VA location (located near Metro's new Silver Line) for mid-level business immigration paralegals. Qualified candidates should have a minimum of 4 years preparing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas (i.e., H, L, TN, E, O, J visas, adjustment of status, consular processing, advance parole, employment authorization documents, PERM, I-140, I-485, etc.) Bachelor's degree is required. The ideal candidate must be very organized, detail-oriented and able to work independently. They must possess excellent computer skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Please send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to millerna@gtlaw.com. About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: If you would like to work in a fast paced, heavy volume, deadline driven environment alongside a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of Immigration Law, then we want to hear from you! We have all the resources of a large, international law firm while preserving our firm\'s collegial and collaborative culture. Competitive benefits and compensation package offered. Greenberg Traurig is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    San Francisco, CA. Boutique immigration law firm in San Francisco is searching for a junior associate to represent individuals before the San Francisco Immigration Court. The position requires attending regular Master, Bond and Individual hearings. Must be licensed to practice law in any jurisdiction, California preferred. 1-2 years of removal defense experience is preferred. Must speak Spanish and be willing to handle large caseload of litigation-intensive immigration matters. Salgado & Associates law firm is committed to attending the needs of our diverse communities. We strive to assist low-income individuals and families with the daunting needs of immigration and naturalization law. At Salgado & Associates we care about our client's success and maintain a intimately sized firm to better suit our client's needs. We understand the impact of high cost legal fees putting a strain on families and individuals, because of this we offer services on a sliding scale, quoting individuals personally to ensure comprehensive representation and our client's ability to afford quality legal work. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter addressing specific experiences in immigration and removal proceedings to salgadoimmigrationlaw@gmail.com.

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    Letters of the Week: Roger Algase

    ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
    April 1, 2016, 9:15 - 10:15am (Eastern), Washington, DC. The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute will host a discussion with Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo on U.S.-Mexico trade and economic cooperation; North American competitiveness; and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. There will be a live webcast of this event. For more information see here.


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