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Immigration Daily May 11, 2004
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Immigration Visions - Democratic And Presidential

The Democrats responded to President Bush's immigration reform initiative with their bill, the "Safe, Orderly Legal Visas and Enforcement (SOLVE) Act of 2004" (for the items, see below). Although the White House did not present its preferred legislative language, comparison of the two visions of immigration law policy is useful. The weakness of the President's proposal is that it lacks a strong legalization component. The weakness of the Democratic proposal is that it does not provide an employer-friendly guest worker program. However what is more interesting than these differences is what both the Presidential and Democratic visions have in common. Both see a future immigration system where the bulk of the permanent immigration visas are family-based. Both visions do not acknowledge the fact that most immigrants to America come here to work. It follows that major immigration reform should ensure that the bulk of permanent visas are employment-based, not family-based. As the legislative process unfolds, Congress will have the opportunity to address this key weakness in both visions. In any case, it will likely be a couple of years before any major immigration reform bill becomes law. Immigration Daily will keep you on top of events every step of the way.


ILW.COM Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, May 11th - Roundtable With Department Of State Officials On Consular Processing Issues

The seminar series "Overcoming Hurdles In Consular Processing: Visa Procedures, Security Checks & The TAL" features the following speakers:

  • Department of State: Robyn Bishop (Mexico), Steve Fischel (Washington, DC), Leslie Gerson (Canada), Gary Sheaffer (Canada)
  • Attorneys: Avi Friedman, Sylvia Graves, Tien-Li Loke Walsh (Discussion Leader), Sharon Mehlman, Roszel C. Thomsen (Export Control Attorney)
The discussion includes:
  • Applying for Visas - Are the Procedures Still the Same?
  • Navigating Through the Maze of Security Checks and Special Issues that Warrant Attention
  • Visas Mantis Hits and the Technology Alert List Why Scientists, Academics, Researchers, Engineers and Hi-Tech Professionals Should Be Concerned
The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 11th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2004.pdf.)


Featured Article

Joel Stewart's BALCA Review (May 11, 2004)
Joel Stewart presents a summary of recent notable BALCA decisions.


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Immigration Law News

Text Of SOLVE Bill
For the text of the Democratic response to the President's immigration reform initiative, i.e., SOLVE ("Safe, Orderly Legal Visas and Enforcement (SOLVE) Act of 2004,") see the House of Representatives bill (h.r. 2462) and the Senate bill (s.2381).

DOS Reminds Consular Posts Of Reporting Requirements For Those With Diplomatic And Consular Visas
The Secretary of State issued a diplomatic note to consular posts on the reporting requirements for changes such as marital status and parenthood for those associated with holders of diplomatic and consular visas.

"Good Moral Character" Or "Perfect Moral Character"?
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports "Last week, Lee and six other immigrants filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle that calls into question the apparently extreme standard used to determine the moral character of an applicant."


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Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
We're looking for our next immigration lawyer. We only want someone who is willing to be an entrepreneur and make a bet on their career. Does this interest you? If so, please email cmusillo@hammondlawfirm.com. Hammond Law Group, LLC with nine attorneys and 25 staff members is one of the ten largest full-scale business immigration law firms in the US. The firm is headquartered in Cincinnati with satellite offices in San Francisco and Seattle. Our client base is wide ranging from Fortune 100 companies to progressive start-ups. Our clients represent a cross range of industries and include those from: information technology, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, financial services, private and public universities, pharmaceutical and scientific research institutions, manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications, restaurants, and re-location.

J-1 Training Visa Sponsor
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 training visa with Aiesec United States. At Aiesec, we provide an unparalleled commitment to customer service, offering 24 to 48 hour turnaround on approved J-1 training visa applications, free consultation on potential training programs and a wealth of information about J-1 training visa regulations. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in several locations across the country. Our J-1 training visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: Information Media and Communications, Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services, Management, Business, Commerce and Finance, The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations, Public Administration and Law. You can learn more about Aiesec and the J-1 training visa at http://evp.aiesecus.org or by calling Jim Kelly at (212) 757-3774 ext.222.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Bernard P. Wolfsdorf seek to hire an associate attorney with 1-2 years experience in immigration for its Pacific Palisades, CA office. Ideal candidates should have experience with all aspects of business immigration. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications (RIR and traditional), adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Will manage caseloads with large degree of independence, communicate with and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. Applicants should submit resume + cover letter to T.L. Loke Walsh: fax (310) 573-5093; or email tloke@wolfsdorf.com.

Immigration Law Conference
The Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law will present the 27th Annual National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy "Navigating Through the Immigration Labyrinth in Post-9/11 America" on May 25-26, 2004 in New York City. The conference will consist of presentations + Q&A sessions on a wide-range of immigration topics. Immigration professionals, government officials, HR professionals, and non-profit reps should not miss the chance to hear noted experts in the field speak. Participants will have the rare opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Topics will include the transition to the DHS, including the impact of both policy and process, as well as an overview of business, family, and asylum issues facing the immigration law and policy community. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker line-up, and registration information, visit: http://www.cmsny.org/27th-annual.htm.

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Reeves & Associates (R&A), one of the largest, oldest and most successful full service immigration law firms in California seeks an Immigration Attorney with 3+ years experience in business immigration for its Pasadena, CA office. R&A offers a career position in a fast-paced environment for the ideal candidate. Candidates must have experience with immigrant visa petitions, Labor Certifications (RIR & Traditional), EB 1 & 5s, E-1 & 2s, Hs, Ls & O/Ps. He/she should be detail oriented, highly organized, have people and case management skills, have excellent writing and communication skills and be able to multi-task and manage a challenging and varied workload. R&A has an experienced support staff, state of the art technology and unsurpassed growth and learning potential. R&A offers an excellent salary & benefits package. All applications confidential. Send writing sample, resume and salary history to HR Dept. at immigration@rreeves.com or fax to (626) 795-4999. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Help Wanted: Paralegal/Legal Assistant
14-person midtown-based NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ yrs of experience with business immigration applications. Experience with other types of petitions - family, natz, etc is a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious and available to work OT on an as needed basis. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume & cover letter to Marcia N. Needleman, Esq. at: Mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Small quality immigration firm based in lower Manhattan seeks qualified immigration attorney with two-four (2-4) years experience, for key position. Candidates should be familiar with family-based immigration and have experience representing clients at adjustment of status, 751 and naturalization interviews. Good research skills required. Experience with employment based immigration, H/L visas helpful. Seeking a conscientious, well-organized person who can work independently in this busy, rewarding environment. Position involves heavy client contact. Please forward resume + cover letter in confidence to: SOirich@Hotmail.com.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:
I'd like to comment on the newest amnesty proposal by the Democratic party called SOLVE. I understand we are in an election year and the two parties have to pander to the Hispanic minority to garner votes but is this the appropriate way? President Bush had his proposal which was a 2-prong amnesty and now we have SOLVE which is a clear cut unequivocal single prong amnesty to help all those who have broken the law to get here. Did anyone read that because of the President's amnesty proposal there has been a record number of illegal aliens crossing into the U.S., a record number almsot 400,000 in one month! Is everyone in Washington secure that none of these people have bad intentions or terrorist affiliations? In the end what does SOLVE really solve except to send a message that if you enter illegally you will be rewarded for your efforts.

Chucky


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