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  • Dec 11 - Immigrant and Gay Rights Groups Unite

    Comment: Immigrant and Gay Rights Groups Unite
    Yesterday, fifty gay rights and immigrant advocacy groups sent a letter to the White House requesting the president to temporarily place a hold on immigration cases involving same sex marriages, reported here. This is after the Supreme Court announced that it will consider the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); the ruling is expected to be made in June of next year. Under DOMA, the definition of marriage is limited to mean a legal union between one man and one woman. §3 of DOMA specifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes. As immigration law is federal, government agencies apply DOMA's definition of marriage for these cases. Therefore, those gay and lesbian couples legally married in any one of the six states that perform and recognize same-sex marriage, in addition to Washington, D.C., are still not considered married for immigration purposes. This non-recognition is one of the reasons that gay and immigration organizations are working together in order to fight for not only marriage equality, but also immigrant rights. This is not the first time that this request has been made: when Congress was debating a change in the law that would allow widows of American citizens to be granted visas, groups asked USCIS to place a hold on green card cases. Whether this request will be appeased by the White House remains unknown. Share your thoughts about this request and the joining of forces by gay rights and immigrant rights organizations by writing to editor@ilw.com.

    Article: The Sweet Smell Of Success: H-1B Visas For Entrepreneurs by Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta

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    Bloggings: "Bibles, Badges and Business" Converge for Comprehensive Immigration Reform by Angelo Paparelli

    Bloggings: Another Poll Shows Solid Public Support for Path to Citizenship by Greg Siskind

    Bloggings: BIA to Hear Appeal of former Nazi Concentration Camp Guard by Matthew Kolken

    News: USCIS Publishes FAQ On Civil Surgeon Seminars

    News: USCIS Updates H-2B Count

    Focus: Business Immigration Law
    ILW.COM is pleased to present two books edited and co-authored by: Rodney A. Malpert and Amanda Thompson, the Tables of Contents for these works are as follows:

    Business Immigration Law: Strategies For Employing Foreign Nationals
    Chapter 1: Basic Concepts
    Chapter 2: Recruiting Foreign Nationals
    Chapter 3: Short-Term Needs
    Chapter 4: Specialty Occupation Professionals
    Chapter 5: Intra-Company Transfers
    Chapter 6: Investment and Trade: E Visas
    Chapter 7: NAFTA
    Chapter 8: Employee Sanctions
    Chapter 9: Tax Issues
    Chapter 10: The Interaction Between Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Statuses
    For more info on Business Immigration Law: Strategies For Employing Foreign Nationals, see here. For the fax order form, see here.
    Business Immigration Law: Forms and Filings
    Chapter 1: Administrative, Legislative, and Regulatory Structure
    Chapter 2: Strategies and Obstacles to Consider Before Filing
    Chapter 3: Obtaining the Visa Status
    Chapter 4: Students and Business Visitors
    Chapter 5: Specialty Occupation Workers
    Chapter 6: L 1A / L 1B Multinational Transfers
    Chapter 7: E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
    Chapter 8: NAFTA TN Professionals
    Chapter 9: O-1 Foreign Nationals with Extraordinary Abilities
    Chapter 10: Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers
    For more info on Business Immigration Law: Forms and Filings, see here. For the fax order form, see here.

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    Headline: Top 10 Reasons Why The U.S. Needs Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) Click Here
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    Headline: The Miami Herald agrees that a pathway to citizenship is central to true immigration reform Click Here
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    Headline: Letters of the Week: Dec 10 - Dec 14 Click Here
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    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Chicago, IL - Baker & McKenzie LLP is seeking Immigration Paralegal to assist the Immigration Practice group with daily tasks associated with the practice. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: assisting the attorneys in all aspects of the processing of nonimmigrant and immigrant cases, preparing nonimmigrant and employment-based immigrant cases (H-1B; L-1A & L-1B; E-1 & E-2; TN-1; Labor Certification Applications, Permanent Residency Applications etc.) for large corporations, performing legal research, maintaining and updating docket system to ensure timely filing extensions, petitions and applications, assisting with case file management, assisting with the collection of data and documentation necessary to prepare and file of applications, and handling the daily tasks. The ideal candidate must have Bachelor's degree, 1-3 years of employment based immigration experience including ability to examine foreign national candidate's qualifications for non-immigrant (temporary) visas and/or permanent residency applications (I-140 or PERM applications) . Must have strong organizational skills, attention to details, excellent verbal and written skills, be able to work well in a document intensive and fast-paced environment. To apply, please see Baker & McKenzie Online Application Page

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