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. and, 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 and 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!