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Immigration Daily January 23, 2004
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Editor's Comments

Announcements - Your Comments Please

Recently, some of our readers have made inquiries on whether we carry professional announcements, such as the addition of new partners to a law firm or a law firm's expansion. We have treated such announcements on a case-by-case basis. Immigration Daily has always carried announcements of seminars and other events on our events page. However, we are considering the creation of a new daily section in Immigration Daily devoted to announcements, which could include events, new partners, and also social announcements, such as the birth of a new baby or marriage. We would like your suggestions and thoughts on whether such an announcements section would be of interest to you and if so, what kind of announcements should we carry. We will decide this issue after a careful review of our reader's comments. Please send your comments to: editor@ilw.com.


ILW.COM Focus

Curriculum For ILW.COM-Fragomen Briefing On H-1B Issues And Current Developments

The curriculum for our new seminar series "ILW.COM-Fragomen Briefing On H-1B Issues And Current Developments" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on January 29:

The H-1B Visa - Overview And Alternatives

  • Update: H-1B Cap and Related Issues
  • A Brief History (1970, 1990, 1998, and 2000 Amendments)
  • Summary of Requirements
  • Uses and Users of the Program
  • Alternatives to the H-1B Category - an Update

SECOND Phone Session on February 19:

The Labor Condition Application - Overview And Current Issues

  • History and Purpose
  • Basic Requirements
  • Wage and Benefit Issues
  • The Public Access File
  • Ongoing Employer Obligations
  • Enforcement Issues - a Current Review

THIRD Phone Session on March 11:

Latest Developments And Hot Topics in H-1Bs

  • Recent Legislative and Regulatory Activity
  • H-1B Portability Issues
  • Obtaining H-1B Extensions
  • Dealing with the H-1B Cap
  • Handling Gaps in Employment
The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 27th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2004.pdf.)


Featured Article

Little Comforts That Make Work (And Life) Lots Easier
Carol L. Schlein, Esq. writes "This [ ] is a natural time to reflect on the year just ended and the upcoming 12 months. Evaluate what worked well for your firm and what didn’t."


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Immigration Law News

Omnibus FY 04' Bill And Immigration
The Senate approved the omnibus bill for FY '04 appropriations. The bill now goes to the President for his signature which is expected very soon. The bill is almost 1,200 pps. long and we have excerpted many immigration-related provisions here.

President Bush Says His Immigration Reform Initiative Reflects Realities
During remarks before the Mesa Community College in Arizona, President Bush said, "What I'm talking about is a temporary worker program that recognizes the reality of our economy. It's a temporary worker program that also says clearly, we're a land of rule of law, that having people in the shadows of our economy is not really the American way, is it?"

Democratic Presidential Candidates Weigh In On Immigration
The Desert Sun of Palm Springs, CA reports on how the presidential candidates weigh in on the issue of immigration.

Bipartisan Bill Offers Track To US Citizenship
The Salt Lake-Tribune reports "The Daschle-Hagel proposal would allow illegal immigrants and their families to become "invested stakeholders" in the US, putting them on track for permanent residence and eventual citizenship, if they meet a half-dozen requirements."


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Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Case Manager
The law firm of Paul Hastings and its growing immigration practice seeks an immigration case manager for its Atlanta-based office. Interested candidates with immigration experience or business related working experience, strong organizational skills and communication skills, a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work with a team are part of the criteria for these positions. This position works with the senior attorneys and Office Management to develop and enhance all levels of management and operation in the practice group which will include: client and case management, management of all administrative functions including the billing, facilities, case staffing, client development and development of client services. Responsibilities include: management and supervision for all non-attorney personnel, training and development of all personnel, development of best practices and efficiency means of operations, further development of communication between all levels of personnel, firm management, clients and department are critical for this position. A working understanding of a law firm practice and its operations is critical for this position. Qualifications include: Bachelors degree, prior immigration or business related experience, solid work history and excellent professional references. Paul Hastings offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package for qualified and selected candidates. Please indicate the job postion sought when submitting your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to paulalauhoff@paulhastings.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Software Analyst
The law firm of Paul Hastings and its growing immigration practice seeks an immigration software analyst for its Atlanta-based office. Interested candidates with immigration experience or business related working experience, strong organizational skills and communication skills, a hire degree of professionalism and the ability to work with a team are part of the criteria for this positions. This technical position requires tremendous communication/training and user support skills which is then supported by clients and office personnel. The current technical tools include: technical support for Aria, including training and working with the web reporting module and advanced client technical support with intranet and website design, crystal report writing, and packaged software tools that require on a daily basis, support, training, understanding and development. The current web base design and portal will also require day to day development by both clients and firm personnel. A clear understanding of the immigration practice is critical in this position. Technical skills should include: proficient use of various report writing software applications and technical skills, ability to provide on-going training and troubleshooting. Three to five years of technical writing and administering of reporting software. Strong project management sills and the ability to manage multiple projects is required. Paul Hastings offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package for qualified and selected candidates. Please indicate the job postion sought when submitting your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to paulalauhoff@paulhastings.com.

Help Wanted: Paralegal
The law firm of Paul Hastings and its growing immigration practice seeks an immigration paralegal for its Atlanta-based office. Interested candidates with immigration experience or business related working experience, strong organizational skills and communication skills, a hire degree of professionalism and the ability to work with a team are part of the criteria for these positions. This position works directly with the attorneys within the practice group and is a highly responsible administrative and paralegal position. Interested candidates must have a proven track record of attention to detail, dependability, ability to work independently and to meet critical deadlines. Communication with clients and office personnel are a major part of this position. Responsibilities include: sensitivity to the efficiency needs of a practice group while being supportive of the clients billing and collections. Approximately 25% of this position is working with the administrative functions of billing, case management, reporting to clients and the ability to compile, provide and discuss billing information. Prior immigration and/or practice support experience is a requirement for this position. Qualifications include: Bachelors degree, prior immigration or business related experience, solid work history and excellent professional resources. Paul Hastings offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package for qualified and selected candidates. Please indicate the job postion sought when submitting your cover letter, resume, salary history and references to paulalauhoff@paulhastings.com.

Help Wanted: Paralegals
Are you looking to join a fast-paced, dynamic and friendly team that provides first-rate immigration legal services to global businesses and individuals? Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, located in Irvine, California, has immediate openings for two experienced Immigration Paralegals to work at our office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will work under the supervision of attorneys to serve multinational companies and high-achiever individuals in both employment-based and family-based immigration-related matters. You will use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Immigration Tracker, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration projects. Please contact us if you have six months or more of US immigration experience, are a multi-talented, multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well on a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record and character, have a paralegal certificate or are otherwise qualified as a paralegal under California law. To pursue this exciting opportunity, email your resume to Chris McCoy at cim@entertheusa.com. For background, see our web site: http://www.entertheusa.com.

Immigration Law Books
Immigration attorneys need look no further than Patel's complete reference library for their primary resource needs. Patel's library consists of (4) books: The Whole ACT—INA (Annotated), 20/22/28 CFRPlus, 8 CFRPlus, and Patel's Citations of Administrative Decisions under Immigration and Nationality Laws. Each book contains a detailed topical index, is annotated and is updated annually to reflect the latest changes in regulations. These four books will keep you abreast of the status and standing of all immigration citations, cover the history and treatment of all reported administrative decisions under immigration and nationality law, and provide you with the latest immigration-related regulations of the DOL, DOS, and DOJ. Patel's 4-set library is an indispensable reference tool for any immigration practitioner. For more information or to purchase these books see here.

Case Management Technology
VISAPREP offers three services to fit the needs of every immigration law practice. Whether you seek a simple forms program, a case management system, or VisaPrep TotalPractice - a comprehensive system that performs every administrative function in the immigration law process - we have a system for you. VISAPREP, the only immigration law technology created by immigration lawyers, will create efficiencies in every aspect of your immigration law practice. Many immigration technology vendors make promises - VISAPREP delivers. VISAPREP offers top-notch support with no hidden costs. We include unlimited training and support with our standard pricing package, and you'll have 30 days of free use to be sure VISAPREP is the right system for you. You will also receive monthly newsletters and time-sensitive "practice updates" from the VISAPREP team. We pride ourselves on providing superior service along with our technology. Call 866-VISAPREP (866-847-2773) or send an e-mail to freetrial@visaprep.com for information or to schedule a demonstration.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Please email me the date of Immigration Daily that referred to several books. I am particularly interested in the book re: how to sell your law practice.

H. Fred Ford, Sr., Immigration Attorney
Nashville, Tennessee

Editor's Note: All previous Immigration Daily issues are available for free in our archive which can be browsed by date. You can also try using our advanced search engine for all Immigration Daily content by specifying that the search should be restricted to Immigration Daily on the advanced search page.

Dear Editor:
I subscribe to Immigration Daily, and advised several other people to do so, because you always brought my attention to cases being decided in the Courts of Appeals and District Courts. For days now, you haven't cited a single case. What's going on?

Chuck Roth, Managing Attorney
Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center

Editor's Note: We have certainly not stopped carrying immigration cases in the federal courts. For example, last week, for the issues dated January 12-16th, we carried three Circuit Court cases. Our coverage of district court cases has been confined only to the most significant ones, and this policy dates back to over a year ago. Circuit Court cases will continue to be covered in Immigration Daily on a regular basis.

Dear Editor:
There is a great difference between these two categories of immigrants, legal and illegal. They are virtually uncomparable. Legal immigrants are not just simply law abiding, good guys. Legal immigrants are first of all those who can afford to be legal immigrants: spouses of US citizens, employees of big corporations, artists, scientists and etc. These are, in most case, well established, connected people for whom it wouldn't ever make a sense to break the law or stay in US beyond the period authorized by the Attorney General (in case if they were non-immigrant visitors). The story of illegal immigrants is entirely different. Most of illegal immigrants are from Mexico, where they can't find a job and where their families are simply starving. So, for them it is a matter of survival whether they will make to US where they can find any job to feed themselves and their families. Another, significant bulk of illegal immigrants are the spouses of Permanent Residents and parents of minor US Citizens. US Security concerns are viable and understandable and must be defended, but please explain to me how US interests are being defended by separating a child from the parent? And how is it expected that faced with the worst perspectives and ruin of family some parents won't risk crossing the border or staying in the US illegally? Illegal immigrant have no right to work and usually can't even study. That makes him/her vulnerable and exposes him to all kinds of exploitation without any chance of getting a fair treatment. I could tell much more about hardships of illegal immigrants. If these issues are raised there is a much better chance of gaining a public support for legalization and other programs that would help undocumented workers to emerge from the shadows. After all, the real question is: who benefits from unsolved problem of illegal immigration?

Name Not Provided


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