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Immigration Daily February 4, 2004
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Editor's Comments

USCIS To Jack Up Fees

USCIS has proposed to increase its application fees by approximately $55 per application across-the-board. USCIS suggests that the additional fees will help in reducing the current massive immigration benefits processing backlogs. However, the non-fee i.e. taxpayer-funded component of immigrants benefit processing is being cut by over 40% from the previous year. Based on the current administration proposal, over 91% of the costs of the glacially slow benefits processing will be borne by the long suffering immigrant and employer community.

We believe that immigration contributes to America's economic strength and that it is to the American taxpayer's financial advantage to pay for benefits processing. Indeed, President Bush's legalization proposal is premised on the principle of immigrants' contribution to America. It is therefore ironic that his Administration is proposing drastically reducing the taxpayer support for this critical component of our future economic security. That this is happening with the background of enormous and unjustified processing delays simply rubs salt into the wound. We call upon Congress to do the right thing and abolish all immigration benefit processing fees and substitute them with general taxpayer funds.


ILW.COM Focus

Curriculum For "Are We All Certifiable?" -- An Insider's Tour Through The Maddening World Of Labor Certification

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.

FIRST Phone Session on February 25:

  • The "Dead-Case Cull" and other Tales from the SWA Backlog.
  • Escaping the Straightjacket of Inflexible Recruiting.
  • Grappling with Ever-Higher Wages in the New OES Prevailing Wage Survey.
  • Order out of Chaos: Preparing a SWA-Friendly Application.
  • Quo Vadis, the SWAs: Is There Life after PERM?

SECOND Phone Session on March 18:

  • Standard vs. RIR processing vs. Holding One's Breath for PERM
  • Recruiting and Filing Today While Preserving Options for PERM
  • Fear-Factor: Managing Employer and Alien Expectations
  • Re-Arranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic?: Regional Processing and Backlog Reduction
  • The Carlson What-If Scenarios: Re-Advertising with Newly Stated, Pre-Existing Requirements

THIRD Phone Session on April 8:

  • BALCA Balking - a Full Contact Sport.
  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place: Labor Certification and Portability Strategies
  • Will Justice Prevail?: Advanced Prevailing Wages Issues - Pre- and Post-PERM.
  • Safely Saying Goodbye: Lawful Grounds for Rejection of U.S. Workers
  • Staying Out of Club Fed: Liberty-Preserving Strategies in This Era of Heightened Enforcement.
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

An Unlikely Fit: Will Long-Term Residents Apply for A Temporary Status?
Benjamin Johnson of AILF writes "President Bush's proposal for a new guest worker program is an unlikely fit for the 9.3 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the US, most of whom have deep roots in US families, communities and businesses."


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Immigration Law News

USCIS Proposes To Increase By $55 All Application Fees
The USCIS sought to increase the fees for immigration benefit applications, petitions, and fees for capturing biometric information of applicants/petitioners who apply for certain immigration benefit applications and petitions. For the Federal Register notice, see here. For the proposed USCIS fee schedule, see here. For the USCIS press release, see here.

DOS Responds To Cancellation Of Diplomatic Visas
During a press briefing, the Department of State Spokesman responded to the question, "Were any of the Saudi nationals whose diplomatic status was removed recently declared persona non grata?"

White House Earmarks $160M Towards 6-Month Immigration Turnaround Process
The White House issued a press release on the FY 2005 budget which included $160 million in total resources to continue progress toward a six-month processing for all immigration applications.

Immigrants Misinformed On President Bush's Legalization Proposal
The Miami Herald reports "Nearly a month has passed since [President] Bush announced a plan that would grant temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants working in the US. Yet, community groups and attorneys that specialize in immigration issues are still being flooded with queries from anxious and misinformed illegal immigrants." [corrected. Ed. 2/04/04]

FY 2005 Budget Proposes $23M For ICE Investigators
The Star-Telegram of Fort Worth, Texas reports "President Bush's proposed budget calls for spending $23 million to hire more investigators to prevent employers [ ] from hiring undocumented workers."


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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.

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