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Immigration Daily May 18, 2004
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ILW.COM Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, May 18th - Seminar On Nurses And Allied Health Care Professionals

The curriculum for our upcoming seminar on Nurses and allied Health Care professionals is as follows:

1. Final rules related to the certification of foreign-educated healthcare professionals

  1. application to TN and temporary visas
  2. initial application and adjustment of status
  3. transition period
  4. USCIS approval of certifying agencies
  5. How the rule will affect recruitment
2. Schedule A Labor Certification Issues
  1. Qualifying employment for Schedule A
  2. Visa processing in India and the Philippines
  3. Success rate on the NCLEX-RN for the foreign educated nurse
  4. Other countries for Nurse Recruitment
3. Other Hot Occupations for Immigrant Health Care Professionals
  1. Pharmacists, Dentists, and Chiropractors
  2. PTs, OTs, and other therapists
  3. Medical technologists
The deadline to register is Tuesday, May 18th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/april2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/april2004.pdf.)


Featured Article

What You Should Know About The IRS, SSN & ITIN
Mahsa Aliaskari, Esq. writes "What was once available to the majority of people legally and physically present in the U.S. with minimal documentation, is now an elusive and much coveted item that seemingly requires giving up your soul to the Social Security Administration."


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Immigration Law News

"Pattern And Practice" Of Persecution In Light Of Changed Country Conditions
In Agada v. Ashcroft, No. 02-3942 (8th Cir. May. 14, 2004), the court denied Petitioner's asylum request based on his argument of Nigeria's "pattern and practice" of persecution against journalists given Petitioner's own lack of prior persecution while working as a journalist in Nigeria while General Abacha was in control of the government, his lack of contact with the State Security Service, and the changed conditions facing journalists in Nigeria following General Abacha's death.

DOL Issues FY 2005 H-2B Application Processing Procedures
The Employment and Training Administration of the DOL published a notice stating any employer who desires to employ an H-2B worker with a start date of need on or after October 1, 2004, must file a new ETA 750, Part A, Application for Alien Employment, with a new test of the labor market, with the DOL on or after June 1, 2004.

California Bills On Immigration Consultants
The Press Telegram of Long Beach, California reports "Now, however, [] members of his organization, [California Association of Immigration Consultants], say their industry is under fire from state lawmakers pushing a package of bills that would impose new rules and regulations on immigration consultants."


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Classifieds

Immigration Law Conferences
CGFNS Hosts A Special Educational Initiative in Your Community - New U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Visa Regulations for Foreign Health Care Workers. As part of a major change in federal policy affecting hiring of foreign health care workers in the U.S., the DHS has issued new Section 343 rules requiring foreign health care workers who are seeking temporary or permanent occupational visas or Trade NAFTA status to obtain a special visa certification in order to deliver patient care and provide health care services in this country. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)/International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP) are sponsoring a special educational program in your community about the new DHS rules. This timely educational initiative is designed to provide you with important information about the new rules and facilitate the process for foreign health care workers to obtain a visa certificate through the CGFNS/ICHP specially designed Visascreen™ program. The new federal DHS rules apply to: Registered nurses and licensed practical (vocational) nurses, Audiologists, Physical Therapists, Medical Technicians, Occupational Therapists, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Physician Assistants. Session Locations include: Washington, D.C. - Monday, June 14th, Chicago, IL - Thursday, July 8th, Miami, FL - Monday, August 23rd, Philadelphia, PA- Monday, August 16th, Seattle, WA - Monday, September 27th, New York, NY - Monday, October 4th, San Francisco, CA - Monday, October 18th, Atlanta, GA - Monday, November 1st. To register, contact Marla Downing, email: mdowning@cgfns.org, telephone 215-222-8454, x.242. Or visit http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/newsandevents/specialevents.html

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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 an immediate opening for an experienced Immigration Paralegal fluent in Japanese 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 U.S. 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: www.entertheusa.com.

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. Speakers will include Stephen Fischel, Fujie Ohata, Michael Aytes, Lynden Melmed, Harry Sheinfeld, Frank Sharry, Fran Berger, Naomi Schorr, Lory Rosenberg, Thomas Mosely, Lucas Guttentag, Cyrus Mehta, Noemi Masliah, Robert Gottfried, Deborah Anker, Michael Patrick, Don Kerwin, Gemma Solimene, Mark Von Sternberg, Jennifer Gordon, Howard Gordon, Austin Fragomen, Randel Johnson and others. 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. In accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board, the CMS-Fordham conference will offer up to nine non-transitional credit hours which can be credited toward the professional practice requirement. Discounted rates are available for students, nonprofits and government employees. 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.

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