September 05, 2006
I am currently serving my 2nd year on AILA National's CSC Liaison Committee. The 8 of us on the committee are responsible for working with the CSC on solving the problem cases of the other 10,000 AILA Immigration attorneys across the country.
I will also be the AILF (American Immigration Law Foundation) Co-Chair for the AILF Silent Auction at the AILA CA Conference in Monterey. See www.ailf.org for more info on AILF.
August 17, 2006
When signing any applications, petitions or other documents for USCIS, please keep the following in mind:
Tip #2: Use BLUE ink for all signatures on any forms for USCIS.
Certain immigration offices have been known to reject whole applications and petitions due to signatures that have been made using black ink. Here's why: the immigration offices claim that they are unable to tell if the signatures are originals or not when made in black ink.
August 15, 2006
Randall Quoted in 8 SF Bay Area Newspapers Today on Surge of Immigrants Applying for U.S. Citizenship
My legal assistant, Sabrina, and I have become quite adept at dealing with all of the issues that can arise in Naturalization cases (applications for U.S. Citizenship). We also give our clients applying for U.S. Citizenship a set of flash cards that have all 96 questions and answers for the U.S. History & Political Science part of becoming a U.S. Citizen. 4 of the questions are not asked any longer, due to there being multiple correct answers (whoever created the 100 questions and answers failed to realize this, as did the multiple levels of govt. bureaucracy that reviewed the 100 questions & answers).
Feel free to call us for a free phone consultation on any U.S. Citizenship questions you may have. We would also be honored to represent you in becoming a U.S. Citizen.
August 11, 2006
I serve as a mentor immigration attorney for other attorneys taking on volunteer cases with the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children section of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.
See http://www.refugees.org/nationalcenter for info on how this organization helps refugee children from around the world.
This is the organization that Angelina Jolie has generously donated to and speaks about in her interviews.
July 26, 2006
My very first tip involves recommendations for any translations that are needed for applications or petitions filed with the USCIS immigration service centers:
Tip #1: Do not use official translation services of any kind.
It has been our experience that "official" translation services overcharge, without even producing somewhat accurate translations. This is very unfortunate seeing as how accuracy is the most important part of a translation.
Our office can help provide you with advice on format, so that you can produce the most effective and preferred type of translations.
I speak Spanish fluently and can accurately translate documents from Spanish into English.
I am also a CA Notary and can legally notarize documents.
July 25, 2006
A great website for information on Lake Tahoe is www.bluelaketahoe.com. This is the official website for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. You can look at parts of Lake Tahoe live through several webcams, get current road information, look at all of the activities and sports to keep you busy in Lake Tahoe, find amazing restaurants & small concert venues, or find a place to get married.
Currently, the Bears by the Lake Exhibition (artists created a variety of artistic bears) is going on.
Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places on Earth and I highly recommend that everyone try and visit Lake Tahoe at some point.
I am always up for travelling to Lake Tahoe for immigration issues and trainings. If you live or do business in Lake Tahoe, and would like immigration information and/or trainings (employer compliance & I-9s, current immigration legislation in Congress and potential legalization, or family based U.S. Legal Permanent Residence - green cards), please contact me at 415-541-9290.
July 13, 2006
AILA National U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services California Service Center Liaison Committee 2005-2007,
AILA National Immigration Fundamentals Conference Speaker in Seattle, WA in 2006,
AILA National Annual Conference Speaker in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2005
AILA National Annual Conference Speaker in Philadelphia, PA in 2004
AILA National Immigration Conference in Las Vegas Speaker & Planning Committee 2005,
AILA National Due Process / Civil Liberties Committee 2004-2005,
AILA National Chair of Health Care Professional Committee 2003-2004,
AILA National Board of Governors 2002-2003,
AILA Santa Clara Valley Chapter President 2002-2003,
AILA Santa Clara Valley Chapter Liaison to San Jose INS(USCIS) Office in 2002-2003,
AILA Santa Clara Valley Chapter Media Liaison 2001-2006,
AILA California Conference in Monterey Speaker & Planning Committee 2002,
AILA Northern CA Chapter Liaison to San Jose INS(USCIS) Office in 2000,
AILA Northern CA Chapter Board 1998-2000.
For more information on AILA, see www.aila.org
Randall Speaking at "Fundamentals of Immigration Law Practice" Conference in Seattle, WA in October 2006
My topic is a "General Overview of Immigration Law". A very broad topic that my co-panelist and I are being given only an hour and 5 minutes to present!
I will be speaking on several specific issues involved in immigration law practice including:
a) Practice resources & tools: where do I find the law and forms?
b) Immigration terms and acronyms
c) Maintaining legal status
d) Immigrant Visa preference categories (Note: Immigrant Visas are the government's official term for green cards, which are actually pink and have not been green in many years.)
e) Case consultation & intake with clients
f) Law Office Management issues for immigration attorneys
g) Unique Ethical issues faced by immigration attorneys
AILA is the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the national bar association for immigration attorneys. Every attorney taking on any immigration case should be a member of this organization!
See http://aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=18204#overview for detailed info on the conference.