Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Border Apprhensions Down ALOT

American border apprehensions – a key indicator of illegal immigration - have plummeted to one-fifth of what they were at its peak in 2000, a new report released by the Customs and Border Patrol agency indicates.

The year-end report found 340,252 apprehensions were made by CBP in the 2011 fiscal year, down 53 percent since 2008, and drastically lower than the 1.68 million apprehended a decade ago.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1211/70341.html#ixzz1gQENBzcT

Monday, December 12, 2011

Problem at local jail

A new report by advocacy groups alleges human rights abuses persist at two immigrant detention centers in Illinois and another in Kentucky. It calls on the Obama administration to close them, but federal immigration officials dispute the need for that.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's been a while

According to the Associated Press, Leo Nunez was sent back to the Dominican Republic this week because he was found to have been using a fake name.
Nunez was placed on the restricted list Thursday and is not expected to return to the major leagues this season. According go the AP's sources, the right-hander's real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo and he's actually a year older than his listed age of 28. The Marlins have reportedly known about the issue for several months, but it's not yet clear how they plan to resolve it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Visa Bulletin posted

"SEPTEMBER VISA AVAILABILITY - Heavy applicant demand for numbers in the Family First preference could require retrogression of some of the September Family First preference cut-off dates. This action may be necessary to keep visa issuances within the respective annual preference numerical limits. If this were to occur they could be expected to return to the previous cut-off date for October, the first month of the new fiscal year." Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO:July 11, 2011.

Lcick the link to view the latest visa bulletin

US Naturalized citizen of the day- Djimon Hounso

Djimon Diaw Hounsou was born April 24, 1964. He is a Beninese-American actor and model. As an actor, Hounsou has been nominated for two Academy Awards in Gladiator and Amistad.

Hounsou became a naturalized American citizen in 2007. He was reluctant to renounce his Beninese citizenship and therefore opted to become a dual citizen of both Benin and the United States, effectively rendering him a Beninese-American. Hounsou is one of just twenty-seven people in the world today to be officially recognized by this nationality.

Vet avoids deportation

A military veteran who was facing deportation will likely be allowed to stay in the United States after he was released from immigration detention earlier this month, in part thanks to help from Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.).

Navy Reserve Petty Officer Elisha Dawkins, 26, entered a pre-trial diversion program on Tuesday that will spare him from federal charges for allegedly lying when he applied for a U.S. passport in 2006, a crime that could have landed him in prison for 10 years.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

US Naturalized citizen of the day- Annika Sörensta

Annika Sörensta was born 9 October 1970 in Sweeden. She is a Swedish She was professional golfer whose achievements rank her as one of the most successful golfers in history.[1] Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season, she won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name. She has won 72 official LPGA tournaments including ten majors and 18 other tournaments internationally, and she tops the LPGA's career money list with earnings of over $22 million—over $8 million ahead of her nearest rival. Since 2006, Sörenstam has held dual American and Swedish citizenship.
The winner of a record eight Player of the Year awards, and six Vare Trophies given to the LPGA player with the lowest seasonal scoring average, she is the only female golfer to have shot a 59 in competition. She holds various all-time scoring records including the lowest season scoring average: 68.6969 in 2004.
Representing Europe in the Solheim Cup on eight occasions between 1994–2007, Sörenstam is the event's all-time leading points earner.
Sörenstam made history at the Bank of America Colonial tournament in 2003 as the first woman to play in a men's PGA Tour event since 1945. Often known simply as "Annika," she achieved the fame of male golfers known in the same way: Arnie (Arnold Palmer), Jack (Nicklaus) and Tiger (Woods). Her growing off-course interests include the ANNIKA golf academy, golf course design, ANNIKA-branded products, and a charitable foundation.

NFL draft pick faces deportation

ESPN New York reports that Jets third-round pick Kenrick Ellis is not a U.S. citizen and risks deportation if he's found guilty of the "malicious wounding" felony charge against him.
The trial was recently postponed to November 28, so Ellis should at least be safe till then. A native Jamaican, Ellis is in the United States on "permanent resident status." Persons of that classification who are convicted of aggravated felonies can be deported. Thus, Ellis' best bet will be to agree to a plea deal that reduces the charge against him. If Ellis fights it hard, he'll risk losing not only his NFL career, but his home in

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

U.S. Naturalized Citizen of the Day - Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger (27 May 1923 - Present) is a German-born American diplomat. Kissinger served as National Security Advisor and Secretary of State under President Richard Nixon, and continued as Secretary of State under Nixon's successor Gerald Ford. Kissinger pioneered the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, seeking a relaxation in tensions between the two superpowers during the Nixon administration. Recently, Kissinger was on the Colbert Report where he discussed his book "On China." The book examines how China has approached diplomacy, strategy, and negotiation throughout its history, and reflects on the consequences for the global balance of power in the 21st century.

Kissinger on The Colbert Report

Chipotle Caught Employing Undocumented Workers

"Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired a team of Washington legal A-listers to shore up its hiring and handle a federal criminal investigation stemming from the discovery of hundreds of illegal workers in its popular burrito restaurants.

The Denver-based chain has been in hot water since audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) turned up large numbers of undocumented workers on payrolls in Minnesota, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Around the start of the year, Chipotle quietly brought in a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of ICE -- Julie Myers Wood, the director of the federal agency under President George W. Bush and now an immigration consultant..."


Thursday, June 2, 2011

US Naturalized citizen of the day- Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Johannes Puck was born July 8, 1949 in Austria/ He is an Austrian-American celebrity chef, restaurateur, businessman and occasional actor. Wolfgang Puck restaurants, catering services, cookbooks and licensed products are run by Wolfgang Puck Companies, with three divisions.

Following the 1981 publication of his first cookbook, Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen based on his Ma Maison recipes, Puck opened the restaurant Spago on the Sunset Strip in 1982. Fifteen years later, in 1997, Puck opened the award-winning Spago in Beverly Hills, which has been recognized as one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. since 2004.

It is also one of my mother's favorite restaurants, anyone who goes there.. try the lobster cobb salad.

Sponsor of Darconian Arizona immigration bill being Recalled

Russell Pearce, the sponsor of the controversial SB 1070 law that sparked a new flash point in the country's immigration debate, is facing a recall election in his district in Arizona.
Critics of the legislator filed petitions Tuesday.
The requirement to do so is 7,756 voter signatures from the Mesa Republican's legislative district.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2011/06/01/russell-pearce-sponsor-sb-1070-faces-recall-election/#ixzz1O7YBoEzy

Another Case for the Dreamers

Elier Lara is concentrating on final exams this week and not worrying about his immigration status.

The University of Cincinnati honor student has learned that his attorney and the chief deputy counsel for the Department of Homeland Security filed a joint motion requesting dismissal of Lara's deportation case.

Click the link to see a wonderful article by Mark Curnutte of the Cincinnati Enquirer

Another Case for the Dreamers

Another Case for the Dreamers

Thursday, May 19, 2011

US Naturalized citizen of the day- Peter Lawford

Peter Sydney Vaughn Aylen (7 September 1923 – 24 December 1984), better known as Peter Lawford, was an English-American actor. He was a member of the "Rat Pack", and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy, perhaps more noted in later years for his off-screen activities as a celebrity than for his acting. In his earlier professional years (late 1930s through the 1950s) he had a strong presence in popular culture and starred in a number of highly acclaimed films.

Mexico Deports immigrants too

They stood and squatted for hours, crammed into two sweltering semi-trailers, clinging to ropes so they would not fall as the trucks traveled through winding mountain roads.
Mexican authorities say the more than 500 illegal immigrants they detained Tuesday wanted to reach the United States and each had paid $7,000 to get there.
But by Wednesday, a day after X-ray equipment detected them at a highway checkpoint, the majority of them had been deported to their home countries in Central and South America.

Monday, May 16, 2011

DV Lottery Snafu

Tens of thousands of would-be immigrants may be unable to move legally to the United States after the State Department said Friday that a computer glitch is forcing them to scrap the results of an annual worldwide lottery for U.S. visas.

More than 14 million applicants entered a lottery last fall for one of 50,000 visas distributed as part of the annual Diversity Visa Lottery, designed for people who would otherwise have little chance of legally entering the country. The program doesn’t require applicants to have a family or employer as a sponsor.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bin Ladin is Dead

"I've never wished a man dead but I've read some obituaries with great pleasure." ~ mark twain

God Bless America and our troops. Bin Ladin and Al Queda has forever changed the immigration landscape. Let us hope his death brings a new wave or understanding and compassion

US naturalized citizen of the Day- Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast (September 27, 1840 – December 7, 1902) was a German-born American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist who is considered to be the "Father of the American Cartoon". Among his notable works were the creation of the modern version of Santa Claus, the male personification of the United States government, Uncle Sam, as well as the political symbols of both major United States political parties: the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey.

Another Case for the Dream Act

A University of Cincinnati student, described by an administrator as having once-in-a-decade talent in information technology, faces a May 20 hearing in immigration court in Buffalo, N.Y., that could lead to his deportation.

Elier Lara, 19, was brought to the United States legally at age 4 from Mexico by his parents. They overstayed their 180-day non-immigrant visa. If deported, Lara would face a 10-year ban before being allowed to reapply for entry.

The DREAM Act (acronym for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) is an American legislative proposal first introduced in the Senate on August 1, 2001[1] and most recently re-introduced there and the United States House of Representatives on March 26, 2009. A Senate filibuster blocked it on December 18, 2010.

This bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain illegal and deportable alien students who graduate from US high schools, who are of good moral character, arrived in the U.S. legally or illegally as minors, and have been in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. If they were to complete two years in the military or two years at a four year institution of higher learning, the students would obtain temporary residency for a six year period. Within the six year period, a qualified student must have "acquired a degree from an institution of higher education in the United States or [have] completed at least 2 years, in good standing, in a program for a bachelor's degree or higher degree in the United States," or have "served in the armed services for at least 2 years and, if discharged, [have] received an honorable discharge."[2] Military enlistment contracts require an eight year commitment, with active duty commitments typically between four and six years, but as low as two years.[3][4] "Any alien whose permanent resident status is terminated [according to the terms of the Act] shall return to the immigration status the alien had immediately prior to receiving conditional permanent resident status under this Act

Superman Denounces US citizenship?

In "Action Comics #900," Superman will renounce his American citizenship, rejecting the international notion that his actions are part of US policy. The shift comes after a personal visit to Iran in support of protesters leads President Ahmadinejad to believe America was declaring war against the government in Tehran. Click Link for article.

But is it that easy?

Renouncing citizenship is not that easy and there is a formal process to do so. Did Superman hire an Immigration Attorney?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mexican Actress caught in Sham Marriage

A Mexican soap opera star accused of entering a sham marriage to stay in the United States was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail after admitting she lied during an immigration proceeding.

Fernanda Romero and her husband, Kent Ross, were both expected to avoid serving time as a result of plea bargains in the case.

Needlessness, she will not be a Fleischer Law Firm Naturalized Citizen of the Day

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bloomberg Call for stop of Immigration Bickering

NEW YORK, April 24 (UPI) -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Sunday said conservatives should stop fighting immigration and accept it as necessary to U.S. growth.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

President Blogs about Immigration Reforms

Working Together to Create a 21st Century Immigration System
Posted by Melody Barnes on April 20, 2011 at 09:37 AM EDT
President Obama remains deeply committed to reforming our immigration laws to meet our 21st Century economic and security needs. In his State of the Union address, the President asked Republicans and Democrats to work with him to take on this issue. While we all know the debate will be tough, the American people expect their leaders in Washington to tackle difficult issues. The President cannot fix our broken system on his own.

Yesterday, I joined the President at an important meeting with a broad group of business, law enforcement, faith, and elected leaders from across the country. The President was joined by several members of his Cabinet, including Secretaries Janet Napolitano, Hilda Solis, Ken Salazar, and Attorney General Eric Holder, all of whom have been actively engaged in the Administration’s efforts to advance legislation to improve our system in the key areas that they oversee.

The President made a strong case that immigration reform needs to be a priority, not just for him but for all of the people in the room. He heard their concerns and got feedback on how to advance legislative efforts to get the job done. The President urged them to lead serious and civil discussions in their sectors and around the country to help create the space for congressional action. I hope others will join the President in bringing the debate to their own communities.

It was inspiring to hear about the important work already underway – work that will build the momentum for immigration reform critical to our economic future, global competitiveness, and national security interests. It was also a reminder of all the work that needs to be done.

As we work toward immigration reform, the Administration will continue to look for ways to improve our legal immigration system, secure the borders, and enhance our enforcement strategy so that it is smarter and more effective at removing criminals and prosecuting unscrupulous employers. But enforcement alone will not solve our immigration problem. We need reform that affirms our history as both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants – and to do that, we need to work together to pass legislation.

Immigration reform has always been a bipartisan issue, and the President believes it can and should be again. Democrats, Republicans and Independents working together can enact meaningful, lasting reforms and make the right choices for our future.

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The use of Social media with Undocumented workers

Walter Lara’s first tweet back in 2009 started with the words “I’m being deported.” Two years later, he lives in Miami, works legally, has a driver’s license and pays in-state tuition at Miami Dade College.

He is one of a few dozen young, undocumented immigrants who have avoided deportation and are now enjoying the benefits — even if only temporary — of being in the United States legally as a result of campaigns in which social media played a crucial role.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Interesting article on ANTI Immigration Advocate

A beekeeper and amateur naturalist of prodigious energy, John Tanton had spent two decades planting trees, cleaning creeks and suing developers, but population growth put ever more pressure on the land. Though fertility rates had fallen, he saw a new threat emerging: soaring rates of immigration.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Naturalized US citizen of the Day - Peter Jennings

Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings was born July 29, 1938 in Toronto, Canada. He was a Canadian-American journalist and news anchor. He was the sole anchor of ABC's World News Tonight from 1983 until his death in 2005 of complications from lung cancer. A high-school dropout, he transformed himself into one of American television's most prominent journalists.

He returned as one of World News Tonight's three anchors in 1978, and was promoted to the role of sole anchor in 1983. Jennings was also known for his marathon coverage of breaking news stories, staying on the air for 15 or more straight hours to anchor the live broadcast of events such as the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991, the Millennium celebrations in 2000, and the September 11 attacks in 2001. In addition to anchoring, he was the host of many ABC News special reports and moderated several American presidential debates. Having always been fascinated with the United States, Jennings became a naturalized United States citizen in 2003

Immigration Court in Crisis

The mother from Cameroon came to immigration court bearing scars: She'd been imprisoned back home, she said, beaten with cables, burned with cigarettes and raped repeatedly, contracting HIV. Her husband had died behind bars; her three children she'd left behind were struggling to survive.

She was seeking asylum, hoping to remain in Los Angeles and bring her children there.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Attorney General will not demfd DOMA

In the two years since this Administration took office, the Department of Justice has defended Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act on several occasions in
federal court. Each of those cases evaluating Section 3 was considered in jurisdictions in which binding circuit court precedents hold that laws singling out people
based on sexual orientation, as DOMA does, are constitutional if there is a rational basis for their enactment. While the President opposes DOMA and believes it
should be repealed, the Department has defended it in court because we were able to advance reasonable arguments under that rational basis standard.

Section 3 of DOMA has now been challenged in the Second Circuit, however, which has no established or binding standard for how laws concerning sexual
orientation should be treated. In these cases, the Administration faces for the first time the question of whether laws regarding sexual orientation are subject to the
more permissive standard of review or whether a more rigorous standard, under which laws targeting minority groups with a history of discrimination are viewed
with suspicion by the courts, should apply.

After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history
of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny. The President has also concluded that
Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the
President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases. I fully concur with the President’s determination.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Obama aid rips white house immigration policy

n a stinging rebuke of the White House, Washington politicians and federal agencies, a former Obama administration official slams in a law journal the U.S. government for its inaction on immigration reform and tougher-than-ever enforcement.

With uncommon candor for a once-public official, Roxana Bacon, a former top counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says that the administration — and her erstwhile employer — have shied away from vision and practical leadership on immigration, because of indifference and timidity, respectively. She published her comments in the March issue of Arizona Attorney, the state bar's law journal.

YOu go Roxy!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Not an Immigration case, but a case of our government abusing power and someone doing someting about it

“This was an abuse of power,” Cunningham said. “I don’t care if it’s the IRS or the FBI or who it is. We’re still in the United States.”

Cunningham outlined the abuses he believed happened: The agents closed the business, sent employees home, refused to allow Earl Weber Jr. to call him and then when they did talk, made them do it on the sidewalk outside the business.

The warrant doesn’t state and the agencies will not say exactly what federal agents were after when they shut down the business and sent the 40 employees home.

Interesting take on Naturalization exam

Interesting article by a naturalized citizen By Dafna Linzer, ProPublica

"The goal of the naturalization test is to ensure America's newest citizens have mastered a basic knowledge of U.S. history and have a solid foundation to continue to expand their understanding as they embark on life as U.S. citizens," said Christopher Bentley, a spokesman for USCIS.
During the citizenship interview, applicants are asked a randomly selected 10 questions from the test and must answer six correctly. In addition to the questions, there is a reading and writing test for English proficiency.

Arizona up to their old ticks, this time it could be worse

Arizona is up to their old tricks trying to restrict rights of "illegals". it is not the State's job to do this, but the lack of Federal Answers leaves Arizona with no choice

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chiplote fires many over immigration status

"Chipotle Mexican Grill said it fired 450 Minnesota workers over their immigration status last year, more than a third of its workforce in the state. But the Denver-based restaurant chain said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week that it complied with the law when reviewing employee work authorization documents and that some of their employees may be unauthorized workers “without our knowledge.” It also said it didn’t know if it will face penalties in connection with the matter." St. Paul Business Journal, Feb. 22, 2011.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day From the Fleischer Law Firm!

Happy Valentine's day from the Fleischer Law Firm, specializing in Immigration Law in Cincinnati Ohio for over 25 years.

Here's to our Valentines... If we can assist you in bringing your Valentine to the United States please contact us about K-1 Fiance Visas or Immigrant Visa for your spouse.

Here's to finding Love

US naturalized citizen of the Day- Bela Lugosi

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó was born 20 October 1882 in Hungary. He commonly known as Béla Lugosi. He was best known for playing Count Dracula in the Broadway play and subsequent film version.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Changes to work card and travel doc

USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and
Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is now
issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application
to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. This new card represents a significant
improvement from the current practice of issuing paper Advance Parole documents.

The card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document (EAD) but will include text
that reads, “Serves as I-512 Advance Parole.” A card with this text will serve as both an employment
authorization and Advance Parole document. The new card is also more secure and more durable than the
current paper Advance Parole document.

An applicant may receive this card when he or she files an Application for Employment Authorization,
Form I-765, and an Application for Travel Document, Form I-131, concurrently with or after filing Form
I-485. USCIS will continue to issue separate EAD and Advance Parole documents as warranted.
Employers may accept the new card as a List A document when completing the Employment Eligibility
Verification, Form I-9.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Immigration is the HOT new law

Immigration is the HOT new law

“It’s a very specialized practice” that generally requires a high volume of cases for firms to make money, said Bob Denney, president of Robert Denney Associates Inc., a suburban Philadelphia consulting firm. “That’s not appealing to most larger firms.”

But that may be changing.

In his December publication, “What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession,” Denney listed immigration as a “hot” practice area and commented that “Arizona is just the tip of the iceberg,” referring to that state’s much-publicized immigration bill signed into law last year.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Another Duty of ICE

Those planning on watching Super Bowl XLV on their computers for free will have to do a little more searching this Sunday afternoon. ATDHE.net and ChannelSurfing.net, two incredibly popular video streaming websites, were seized by the United States government on Tuesday. What has become an infamous "ICE Homeland Security Investigations" message is now all that is found on either website.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

PERM Employer Referral Programs

For a greta review of the recent BALCA decision and the "employee referal program" PERM requirements, check out Cyrus Metha's blog


Immigration Scam shut down by US government

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has shut down an operation that allegedly posed as the U.S.
government, then duped consumers into paying feesranging from $200 to $2,500 by claiming the fees would cover processing
by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The court froze the defendants’ assets and appointed a receiver to
take over the business until the case is resolved. The FTC has asked the court to halt the business practices permanently and
order the operation to repay its victims.
The real U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, offers advice
and counseling to immigrants in the United States and people seeking to immigrate to the United States. USCIS provides
application forms for such benefits as green card renewal, work visas, and applications for asylum. The application forms are
free but can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to process.
According to the FTC, defendants Immigration Center and Immigration Forms and Publications, Inc., set up websites that
mimic official government sites, and then used the fake sites to steer immigrants to their deceptive telemarketing operation.
The websites depicted American eagles, the U.S. flag, and the Statue of Liberty and had URLs such as www.uscis-ins.us and
www.usgovernmenthelpline.com. The sites directed consumers to call a toll-free number that an automated voice answered,
“Immigration Center.” Consumers were then transferred to a live person who answered, “USCIS or “U.S. Immigration Center,”
and identified him or herself as an “agent,” “immigration officer,” or “caseworker.” The sites also offered counseling and
application forms. The counseling was done by telemarketers who did not meet legal requirements to provide immigration
services, the FTC said.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fleischer Law Firm Immigration Victory

The Fleischer Law Firm, in Cincinnati Ohio recently obtained a green card for on of its clients from China. The client was a non active member of the Youth Communist Party in China. We were able to convince USCIS that she was not a threat , nor a leader of this group, thereby making her "admissible" to the United States. We wish her and her husband the best of luck in the future!

Monday, January 31, 2011

US naturalized citizen of the Day- Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller (born Johann Peter Weißmüller; June 2, 1904 – January 20, 1984) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American swimmer and actor. Weissmuller was one of the world's best swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals and one bronze medal. He won fifty-two US National Championships and set sixty-seven world records. After his swimming career, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan in films, a role he played in twelve motion pictures. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. His character's distinctive, ululating Tarzan yell is still often used in films.

Check out the SCREAM

New problems for Homosexuals seeking asylum in US

“Judges and immigration officials are adding a new hurdle in gay asylum cases that an applicant’s homosexuality must be socially visible,” said Lori Adams, a lawyer at Human Rights First, a nonprofit group, who advises people seeking asylum based on sexuality. “The rationale is that if you don’t look obviously gay, you can go home and hide your sexuality and don’t need to be worried about being persecuted.” NYT, Jan. 28, 2011.

Friday, January 28, 2011

H-1b Visas are gone. H-1b cap reached!

As predicted by the Fleischer Law Firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, H-1bs would be going fast. They did and they are gone. Please contact us if your company wants to file an H-1b for Fiscal year 2012. We can file as early as April 1, 2011.

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2011. USCIS is notifying the public that yesterday, Jan. 26, 2011, is the final receipt date for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in FY2011.

The final receipt date is the date on which USCIS determines that it has received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the limit of 65,000. Properly filed cases will be considered received on the date that USCIS physically receives the petition; not the date that the petition was postmarked. USCIS will reject cap-subject petitions for new H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY2011 that arrive after Jan. 26, 2011.

USCIS will apply a computer-generated random selection process to all petitions that are subject to the cap and were received on Jan. 26, 2011. USCIS will use this process to select petitions needed to meet the cap. USCIS will reject all remaining cap-subject petitions not randomly selected and will return the accompanying fee.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy Belated B-day Great one. You are the naturalized US citizen of the Day

Wayne Douglas Gretzky was born January 26, 1961 in Brantford, Ontario,, Canada.
He is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player. Nicknamed "The Great One," Gretzky is generally regarded as the best player in the history of the NHL, and has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters,[players,[and the NHL itself Upon his retirement on April 18, 1999, he held forty regular-season records, fifteen playoff records, and six All-Star records.[ He is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season—a feat he accomplished four times.

Gretzky's jersey number, 99, has been retired by all teams in the National Hockey League.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Utilizing the P-3 visa

The Fleischer Law Firm has been processing P visas for athletes and entertainers for years. One helpful visa for entertainers is the P-3 visas which allows entertainers to come to the United Sates to preform as long as their act is "culturally unique"

I found this video on You Tube about the Orgin or Irish Dancing


US naturalized citizen of the Day- Dan Aykroyd

Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born July 1, 1952 in Ottowa, Canada. He is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician, winemaker and ufologist. He was an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, an originator of The Blues Brothers (with John Belushi) and Ghostbusters and has had a long career as a film actor and screenwriter.

One of my favotie films with Dan Aykroid is Spies Like Us.

Hundreds of Indian F-1 Students may be deported

The Fleischer Law Firm received an Inquiry from an Indian National who was recently contacted by ICE because she was a student at an online University out of California.

Hundreds of Indian students , mostly from Andhra Pradesh , face the prospect of deportation from the US after authorities raided and shut down a university in the Silicon Valley on charges of a massive immigration fraud. The Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, a major suburb in San Francisco Bay Area, has been charged by federal investigating authorities with being part of an effort to defraud, misuse visa permits and indulge in money laundering and other crimes."

The Fleischer Law Firm in Cincinnati Ohio will be looking into this fraud and see if we can keep this victim in status, and additionally try to see if there is a cause of action against this University.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Naturalized US citizen of the Day - Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Elena Comăneci was born November 12, 1961 in Romania. She is a Romanian gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics, and the first gymnast ever to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She is also the winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world.

FY 2011 H-1bs still available but running out fast

USCIS updated its count of FY2011 cap-subject H-1B petitions and advanced degree cap-exempt petitions receipted. As of 1/21/11, approximately 62,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions were receipted. USCIS has receipted 20,000 H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees. AILA Doc. No. 10042368.

Call the Fleischer Law Firm if you or an employee needs an H-1B visa

PERM recruitment- Employer refferal program


"We find that, in order to make the employee referral program recruitment step meaningful, an employer must minimally be able to document that (1) its employee referral program offers incentives to employees for referral of candidates, (2) that the employee referral program was in effect during the recruitment effort the employer is relying on to support its labor certification application, and (3) that the Employer’s employees were on notice of the job opening at issue." Matter of SANMINA-SCI CORPORATION, 2010-PER-00697, Jan. 19, 2011.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

US naturalized citizen of the Day- Frank Capra

Frank Russell Capra was born May 18, 1897 in Italy. He was a Sicilian-born American film director and a creative force behind a number of films of the 1930s and 1940s, including It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Lost Horizon 1937), You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Meet John Doe (1941), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and It's a Wonderful Life (1946).

I-9 Audit crackdowns will continue

The Obama administration plans to intensify a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants with the establishment of an audit office designed to bolster verification of company hiring records. In an interview, John Morton, chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a unit of the Department of Homeland Security, said the Employment Compliance Inspection Center would "address a need to conduct audits even of the largest employers with a very large number of employees." The office would be announced Thursday, he said. Mr. Morton said that the center would be staffed with specialists who will pore over the I-9 employee files collected from companies targeted for audits." WSJ, Jan. 20, 2011.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fleischer Law Firm victory

Recently, the Fleischer Law Firm and Attorney Richard Fleischer of Cincinnati , Ohio was able to win Withholding of Deportation for a citizen of Mali. The woman feared persecution of her US born daughter if she was returned home to Mali. Our client was a victim of female cutting (FGM). She feared the same for her 6 year old daughter.
Te Immigration judge in Cleveland , Ohio agreed.

The government attorneys, who apparently are seeking justice, has appealed this decision to the Board of Immigration Appeals.

The Fleischer Law Firm intends to defend our client and fight to have the Immigration Judge's decision sustained.

9 year old's Disney Vacation denied. He was a RISK

LONDON - A 9-year-old boy's dream trip to Disney World was ruined when U.S. immigration officials ruled he was a threat.
They said there was a risk he would not leave the U.S. at the end of his holiday and refused his application under Section 214 (b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.


US naturalized Citisen of the Day - Dezi Arnaz

Desi Arnaz was born March 2, 1917 in Cuba. He was a Cuban-born American musician, actor and television producer. While he gained international renown for leading a Latin music band, the Desi Arnaz Orchestra, he is best known for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the classic American TV series I Love Lucy, starring with Lucille Ball, to whom he was married at the time.

Expediting EAD work cards

The USCIS recognized that EAD's were taking longer than usual, so they implemented an expedite process in two situations:

1. If the I-765 application has been pending more than seventy-five days; or
2. If the I-765 application has been pending for more than sixty days, the current EAD will expire within the next two weeks, AND the individual will lose their job (a leave of absence not considered a loss of the job).