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Immigration Daily February 3, 2004
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Editor's Comments

Marketing Your Law Firm - Online And Offline

All immigration law firms in the USA and Canada are eligible to participate in the following, even if the firm is not currently a member of ILW.COM's directory of immigration lawyers. The agenda for the workshop is as follows:

1. Where Do Online Efforts Fit In A Firm's Overall Marketing Program

  • Online as percentage of average marketing budget
  • Corporate customers: Where does online fit
  • Online vs. Yellow Pages advertising
  • How to leverage online efforts in word-of-mouth marketing
2. Components Of The Online Marketing Effort
  • Website hosting and maintenance
  • Corporate prospects and the law firm website
  • Content costs money
  • Promoting the website - search engine optimization vs. paid listings vs. directories
3. Listing On ILW.COM
  • Link to your website
  • Most searched states, specialties, languages
  • Secrets of an effective listing
  • Chat as a client referral tool
  • Additional cities and states
Requests for registration should be sent to webmaster@ilw.com. This 45-minute long free workshop for immigration lawyers will be on Thursday, February 5th (1.15pm to 2pm ET). Once again, all immigration law firms in the USA and Canada are eligible to participate, even if the firm is not currently a member of ILW.COM's directory of immigration lawyers.


ILW.COM Focus

Are We All Certifiable? -- An Insider's Tour through the Maddening World of Labor Certifications

We are pleased to announce a new 3-seminar series "Are We All Certifiable?" -- An Insider's Tour through the Maddening World of Labor Certifications". The loopy challenges of modern-day labor-certification practice have caused U.S. employers and their immigration attorneys to identify with Randle Patrick McMurphy, the all-too-sane character portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the 1975 classic film One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. In today's deranged world of alien labor certifications, rules are announced, then rules are reversed, procedures are proclaimed, and then they morph into alternate incarnations. The inmates in this virtual asylum are chanting in a frenzy, "PERM is coming, PERM is coming"; "Backlog Reduction, Backlog Reduction", but PERM never seems to arrive, and backlogs grow ever larger. Despite the seeming insanity of the real world practice of labor-certification, foreign workers still clamor for certified ETA-750s, and legal strictures must in all events be honored. Rather than joining the lunatic fringe, shake off your anomie and sign up with ILW.COM for a cutting-edge teleconference series exploring best-practices and tried-and-true labor certification solutions. The deadline to register is Monday, February 23rd. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2004.pdf.)


Featured Article

DHHS Does Not Address Physician Shortage
Gregory Siskind writes "...the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is not only failing to meaningfully address this shortage, but is actually taking steps to make it more difficult for communities to recruit from the one pool of physicians that is open to working in medically underserved areas - immigrant doctors who now constitute 25% of the physicians currently training in the US."


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Immigration Law News

USCIS Fees To Increase - FY 2005 Budget To Reduce Backlog
The USCIS will propose an application fee increase in the Federal Register on February 3, 2004. The USCIS requested $1.711 billion in the FY 2005 budget, including a 60% increase in funding dedicated to the reduction of the immigration benefits backlog. For the press release, see here. For the fact sheet, see here. For the advance notice of the Federal Register announcement, see here.

USCIS Employer Bulletin Information On US Employment of Canadian and Mexican Professionals under NAFTA
The Office of Business Liaison of the USCIS released an employer information bulletin on the U.S. employment of Canadian and Mexican professionals under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

US Citizenship Revoked For Assistance In Persecution Of Jews
In US v. Reimer, No. 02-6286 (2nd Cir. Jan. 27, 2004), the court said that Defendant's supporting role in the clearing of the Jewish ghettos, his service as an armed guard outside expropriated Jewish property, his armed presence where Jews were forced into a pit and murdered, and his firing one shot over the heads of those victims, constituted assistance in persecution.

Citizenship Of 84-Year-Old Former Nazi Is Revoked
Law.com reports "A federal appeals court has revoked the citizenship of an 84-year-old New York resident who admitted he was a member of a Nazi firing squad in Poland that killed Jews during World War II."

Federal Judge Rules Immigrant Was Falsely Imprisoned And Arrested
The San Francisco Chronicle reports "A federal judge says the government must pay damages to an illegal immigrant who was taken from his Fremont home in 1999 - while recovering from surgery, with an application for legal status pending - and sent to Mexico with no money, identification or a hearing."


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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.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
I think it's a grand idea to include brief info on the comings and goings of immigration practitioners and respective firms or practice groups, including government immigration lawyers and not-for-profit immigration attorneys, too. We are a relatively small Bar - many know many within - and it helps keep us connected and informed to be apprised of changes and developments. AILA does some of this, but AILA shouldn't have a trademark on it; plus, not all practitioners are members of AILA.

Michael D. Patrick
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, P.C.


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