Comment: Impact of Immigration on Growth
Today's Immigration Daily carries various items of interest including an article on the impact of immigrant entrepreneurship. Read a blog on the Asylum Division meeting, and a blog on Texas state officials referring to jailing children as "child care." Also find H-2A Final Interim Rule on eliminating the nonimmigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents.

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Article: Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Welcoming Cities: Lessons from Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville. By Paul McDaniel

Article: Response to ILW EB-5 Editorial "Grassley and Leahy Pawns." By Jeff Campion

Article: As OF January 4, 2016, USCIS Had Approved 790 Regional Centers - OMG! By Joseph P. Whalen

Blogging: Texas Putting Lipstick on Deportation Internment Camps for Children. By Matthew Kolken

Blogging: Anti-Immigration Group Spies on Asylum Division, Lies About It. By Jason Dzubow

Blogging: Immigrants of the Day: International Members of The Virginia Tech Flint Water Research Team. By Greg Siskind

Blogging: Could Torture Become America's Immigration Enforcement Strategy? By Roger Algase

News: DHS/DOS Announce Changes to Entry Requirements for Certain Caribbean Residents Entering on H-2A Visas

News: CBP, DHS Interim Final Rule on Elimination of Nonimmigrant Visa Exemption for Certain Caribbean Residents Coming to the United States as H-2A Agricultural Workers

Focus: PERM for Experts
The third session of the seminar series "PERM for Experts" will be taking place this Thursday, February 11th. The Discussion Leader is Lynn O'Brien, and other speakers for this series include Ruth Clark, Pam Genise, Chuck Gillman and Miguel Manna. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - Prevailing Wage Best Practices: Setting up Prevailing Wage Requests, Obtaining the Prevailing Wage Determination, Courses of Action if the PWD Seems Incorrect or if changes occur to the position
(You will receive a CD-ROM of this session)

  • Setting expectations with the client regarding current processing times and drafting the prevailing wage request
    • Are you suggesting the OFLC wage or alternative wage survey? Are you using private surveys? What surveys are successful?
    • Are you requesting "Computer Occupations, All Others (15-1199)?"
    • Are you drafting the request with enough specificity to ensure you will not receive an RFI? Any tips? If duties are "design and develop", are you listing what the employee is expected to design? How much specificity is required?
    • Do you provide a generic job description and duties (or list all)? Is it possible to get a generic wage determination to use for batch recruitment?
    • Travel language included on the wage request? Alternative requirements included?
  • Obtaining the Prevailing Wage Determination
    • If it was classified properly, proceed. Any further considerations?
    • If it was not classified the way that you requested/anticipated, what are the courses of action? Do you re-submit? Do you edit duties/alter requirements? Do you seek reconsideration?
  • What do you do if the requirements change after you have submitted the request, but before filing the PERM? Can you salvage the wage?

SECOND Phone Session on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) - PERM Recruitment Best Practices
(You will receive a CD-ROM of this session)
  • Mandatory Recruitment
  • Three Additional Types of Recruitment
  • Resume Review
  • Reasonable Period of Training

THIRD Phone Session on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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 third session is Wednesday, February 10th 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.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Francisco, CA. We are actively seeking a dedicated, experienced mid-level Corporate Immigration Attorney to join our firm! This individual will work closely with administrative and legal staff, clients, and Pearl Network Partners in order to support the office and exercises a high degree of technical competence and administration ability. It is common for a position of this seniority to manage multiple corporate immigration accounts. RESPONSIBILITIES: Reviewing and processing incoming documents. Corresponding with clients and third-party vendors. Writing and editing documents. Occasional offsite travel. SKILLS: Capacities to prioritize, manage, and implement multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment. Ability to work with ambiguous or unclear requirements, and drive to a successful resolution. Strong organization, time management and multi-tasking abilities. Solid analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to formulate and communicate recommendations for improvement. Have the ability to work effectively with others and have great interpersonal skills. Must be willing to accept responsibility and show good judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness. EXPERIENCE: A current license to practice law in the United States. Minimum of five to seven years of corporate immigration. PERM five years' experience supervising paralegal staff and multiple immigration accounts. For immediate consideration, submit the following: Cover letter; Resume; Legal writing sample (maximum 5 pages); References (minimum of 3) to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Stamford or New Haven, CT. Wiggin and Dana LLP, a full-service law firm representing clients throughout the country and abroad seeks an experienced Business Immigration Associate for its Stamford or New Haven, Connecticut office. Applicants must have 3+ years of employment-based immigration experience, including nonimmigrant (H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1, E-1/E-2, etc.) and immigrant (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3) visa petitions, complex RFE responses, PERM cases, and extraordinary ability petitions. Excellent writing skills and top academic credentials are required. Please visit the Career Opportunities page at to complete an online application.

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ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
LACBA EB-5 Conference: EB-5 Reboot: New Rules, New Players, New Opportunities
February 13, 2016, 8am - 6pm (Pacific), Universal City, CA. The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Immigration Section will host its' 4th Biennial EB-5 conference, a full-day EB-5 conference featuring top national speakers: Ira Kurzban, Ron Klasko, Chuck Kuck, Bernie Wolfsdorf, Linda Lau, Jan Pederson, Tammy Fox-Isicoff, and many others. Title: "EB-5 Reboot: New Rules, New Players, New Opportunities." Sessions will include discussions of latest program updates and hot topics: "what happens when the EB-5 project fails," transitioning to EB-5 petitions from E-2s and L-1s, litigation update, country specific issues, ethics and risk management, and a special session on recent SEC enforcement actions. Attendees will receive 7.5 units of CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics. (Based on California requirements.) Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and reception following the conference. For more information and registration see here.

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