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Immigration Daily July 2, 2004
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Editor's Comments

The Immigration Forms Industry: A Look Back On 22 Years

In today's Featured Article, Ken Ray reflects on 22 years of immigration forms history. From the days when "immigration attorneys were reluctant to give up their typewriters" through the introduction of laser printers to today's web-based forms software, Ken Ray provides a unique perspective on immigration law practice management:

"The increase in productivity for law offices has gone up incrementally over these years due primarily to automation in their data processing. By storing client information in a database and being able to re-use that data for additional forms without having to re-type the data was a significant step. I also believe that this approach has allowed the attorney to take more of a management role and either process the same number of cases with fewer paralegals or manage a significant number of new cases by adding paralegals ... Looking back, I am proud to have contributed to improving the way attorneys practice law and provide services to their clients. I am also a bit awestruck at the progress we have made. We moved forward as a group, from typewriters, to computer base printing on government forms, to laser printing, to Windows based programs, and now to sophisticated case management programs that run your office, and Internet sharing of data, and e-filing."
We commend Ken Ray for his pioneering contributions to immigration software which have greatly increased productivity in immigration law practice. For the article, see below.


ILW.COM Focus

DHS Representatives On Service Center Issues

The final session of "Grant Me This Much: Obtaining Immigration Benefits From The USCIS Regional Service Centers" features the following speakers

DHS: Donald Neufeld, Director of the California Service Center, Brett Gregg and Ernestine Leslie, both from the CSC, and Stephen Zawacki from the office of the CIS Ombudsman Practitioners: Adam Green, Angelo A. Paparelli (discussion leader)

The deadline to register is Tuesday, July 6th. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2004.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2004.pdf.)


Featured Article

The Immigration Forms Industry: A Look Back On 22 Years
Ken Ray shares the history of the immigration forms market based upon his experiences over the past 22 years.


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Immigration Law News

DOS Press Briefing On Visa Reform Efforts
During a Department of State press briefing, Deputy Spokesman Ereli responded to questions on visa reform efforts.

Immigration Enforcement Agent Is Accused Of Stealing $200K From Immigration Detainees
The Detroit Free Press reports the US attorney's office announcing "A federal Homeland Security employee has been accused of stealing more than $200,000 from immigration detainees being held at the Monroe County [Michigan] jail."


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Classifieds

Help Wanted: International Legal Coordinator
International Legal Coordinator (multiple openings) - Bachelor's degree in Law, International Studies/Relations, or languages. Requires 2 years' experience in preparation of business and work visa petitions and applications. Experience must include visas for foreign countries with diverse immigration systems. To apply, send resume to atlstaffrecruit@paulhastings.com. Include reference name: HR/IMM. No Phone Calls Please. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, 600 Peachtree Street, Suite 2400, Atlanta, GA 30308

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Are you looking to join a fast-paced 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, has immediate openings for a moderately experienced Immigration Lawyer to work at its office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will work with multinational companies and high-achiever individuals to perform the full range of immigration legal services for employment-based and family-based immigration clients. You will use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration law issues. This job is for you if you are a multi-talented multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well as part of a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record, are admitted to practice law in California or another state and have up to three years of U.S. immigration law experience. If you'd like to pursue this exciting opportunity, fax your resume + cover letter to Chris McCoy at 949-955-5599 or e-mail her at cim@entertheusa.com. For background, see our web site: http://www.entertheusa.com. No phone calls please.

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

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Letters to the Editor

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com.

Dear Editor:
I often read Chucky's letters with bemusement. A recent letter to the Editor is no different. It's good that the Chuckys of the world are comfortable in participating in the discussions held in Immigration Daily, as he provides a sense of the rampant misperceptions that all of us involved in the immigration field need to overcome. Following up on the comments made by others who thoroughly refute the widely-held views espoused by Chucky's letter which perpetuate the myth that immigration exacerabates unemployment and lowers wages, I would like to offer the following anecdotal evidence. As I conduct an informal survey of the salaries of the individuals currently residing on my desk, numbers such as $100,000, $102,000, $105,000, and $85,000 appear quite often. Maybe Chucky views such salaries as meager, but I don't. I would love to make that much myself, but I don't. After all, I studied political science because it was less taxing on my brain and left more time for collegiate leisure pursuits. The individuals on my desk studied Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and other scientific disciplines. Individuals with their degrees are more highly sought after by employers than individuals with my degree. Additionally, there are fewer Electrical Engineers than wannabee Political Scientists. Consequently, salaries in these fields are higher and companies need to go further afield to fill shortages in highly-specialized engineering disciplines. This represents the most basic law of economics: supply and demand.

Brandon Meyer
Dana Point, CA

Dear Editor:
It is no surprise to learn in the Editor's Comments in the 6/29/04 edition of Immigration Daily that a Fortune 500 (First Data Corp) company is "supporting immigration publicly" It perhaps has to do with the fact that they are the "world's largest provider of money transfers" and that immigrants - legal and illegal - transfer about $13 billion to Mexico each year and another $20 billion or so to other places around the globe.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:
I am looking for Gary Endelman's article but found David Nachman's article instead (which is very informative as well as useful). Please advise how I can locate Mr. Endelman's article.

Pamela

Editor's Note: The link has been corrected.


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