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Immigration Daily July 28, 2004
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Editor's Comments

The Silver Lining In The Bars

Most immigration attorneys find that a large number of the individuals that they meet every day cannot be helped because current immigration law does not afford relief, because of the 3, 10, or permanent bars. In this connection:

  • Be honest. And warn immigrants against unscrupulous individuals who promise too much. By doing so, you perform a public service, and your reputation for integrity will spread.
  • Collect contact information. With pending immigration legislation (DREAM, AGJOBS, SOLVE) and/or another 245(i), there is grounds for hope for future relief. Urge immigrants to keep in touch with you so that you can contact them when the laws change.
Following these two steps will not only help the community, it will likely be your retirement nest egg.


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Taking Chances: The Folly Of The Visa Lottery
Mark Krikorian writes "Because of the overwhelming role family connections play in current immigration law, most newcomers to the United States tend to come from a handful of countries, mostly in Latin America and Asia."


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Immigration Law News

USCIS Ombudsman's Office Works To Improve Immigration Process
USCIS Ombudsman Khatri discussed three areas in need of improvement: prolonged processing times for visas, immigration benefits fraud and case-status information improvement.

Deported Pregnant Woman Claims Entry To US On Behalf Of Unborn Fetus
The San Jose Mercury News reports " Lawyers for a deported Mexican woman who is eight months pregnant are seeking her return to the US to protect the unborn baby's health."


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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, a Prof Law Corp. seeks an experienced paralegal for its South Bay, Southern CA (Torrance) office. Ideal candidates should have a bachelor's degree, experience with all aspects of business immigration, including all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications, adjustment of status and consular processing, and nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Will manage caseload with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. Submit resume + cover letter to Michele A. Buchanan, Esq. at: MBuchanan@wolfsdorf.com. Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, P.L.C. is an equal opportunity employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, a prestigious Glendale, CA law office seeks an immigration paralegal with 2+ years solid experience in family, employment-based petitions, and deportation\removal defense. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. Must be computer literate. Knowledge of Filipino language is a plus. Send resume to the attention of Millie by fax: (818) 543-5802 or email: paralegal@gurfinkel.com.

Help Wanted: Exchange Visitor Programs Manager
The American Council on International Personnel, Inc., (ACIP) is a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to facilitating the international movement of personnel. ACIP seeks an experienced professional to manage our two Exchange Visitor Programs in the Washington, DC office and is the primary contact for our J-1 visa and Canadian internship programs. Responsibilities include: responding to program inquiries; timely applications processing; frequent communication with ACIP member participants; liaise with DOS and Consular officials; SEVIS compliance; annual report preparation; file maintenance; and, continual process improvement. Adherence to all applicable laws and regulations is required. Our ideal candidate has: experience administering a J visa exchange program, including SEVIS; excellent communication skills; demonstrated commitment to customer service; ability to prioritize tasks, problem-solve and work independently. Must be a US citizen or LPR. This is a FT position. Work hours are flexible but must be available to respond to urgent client matters outside of normal business hours. Limited travel may be required. Email resume, cover letter and salary req. to dcreception@acip.com. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Ellis & Ged, PA, a fast-growing immigration law office in Boca Raton, FL, seeks an experienced immigration paralegal. Minimum 2+ years experience, with strong writing skills and emphasis in employment-based immigration. Bachelor's degree preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent work environment. Must be detail-oriented, well-organized and computer proficient. Please submit resume to Richard Hujber by email: richardh@ellisandged.com or fax: (561) 241-0812.

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 Paralegals
Bratter Krieger LLP, a full service immigration law firm located in Miami Beach, FL seeks experienced paralegals to join its winning team. Paralegals must have minimum 2+ years experience in all business (NIVs-E, H, L, and O/P's) and family immigrant visa categories; EB-1 experience preferred. Bilingual language skills are required. Bratter Krieger LLP offers an excellent working environment plus a competitive benefits package. Applicants should be organized and motivated. Salary is commensurate with experience. Submit resume to Matthew Krieger by fax: (305) 695-4398 or email: matt@bkvisa.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, an immigration law firm with offices on both the East and West Coasts, seeks an associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA offices. Ideal candidate must have minimum 3+ years extensive experience in all areas of immigration law to be considered, including removal/deportation, AOS interviews, family and employment based petitions and consular processing. Position offers opportunity for occasional travel outside Los Angeles, CA area. Please fax or e-mail: resume, salary requirements + writing sample to the attention of Millie at (818) 543-5802 or attorney@gurfinkel.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Legal Assistant
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., Maryland's largest independent law firm outside of Baltimore city (75+ attorneys), seeks an immigration legal assistant. Experience desired in: employment-based IV (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), NIV (E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1), family-based IV, naturalization, AOS, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. College degree and 1+ years of experience required. Ideal candidate possesses superior analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Must be proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, and immigration forms applications. Duties include heavy client contact, legal research, and immigration petitions. Work with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law in a fast-paced, collegial setting with large law firm resources. Excellent salary/benefits package offered. If you enjoy challenging work with direct client contact and are equally passionate about immigration law, we want to hear from you. Send resume to Maura Bowen, HR Manager by fax 301-230-2891 or email mbowen@srgpe.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, has an immediate opening for a moderately experienced Immigration Lawyer fluent in Japanese to work at its office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will become immersed in cutting-edge immigration law issues while working with multinational companies and high-achiever individual clients to perform the full range of immigration legal services. This job is for you if you are a multi-talented multi-tasker, attentive to details, 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. No phone calls please.

Immigration Law Conferences
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 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. 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. Upcoming session locations include: Miami, FL - Monday, Aug. 23, Philadelphia, PA- Monday, Aug.16, Seattle, WA - Monday, Sept. 27, New York, NY - Monday, Oct. 4, San Francisco, CA - Monday, Oct. 18th, Atlanta, GA - Monday, Nov. 1st. To register, contact Marla Downing at: mdowning@cgfns.org, (ph) 215-222-8454, x.242, or visit http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/newsandevents/specialevents.html

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Letters to the Editor

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Dear Editor:
I read with interest your comments on border security and EWI's. I have traveled extensively, and worked in immigration law for many years. I lived in Mexico for over a year. The security/border problem seems very simple to me, buyt it will take a drastic re-make of our thinking regarding our neighbors to the south. We have over 2,000 miles of extrtemely rugged border with Mexico. On the other hand, this entire continent is surrounded by water, down to the Panama Canal. It is much easier to patrol the water, including with high-tech equipment, than the land. We need to make Mexico's border more porous like Canada's, and focus our security efforts on international airports like Mexico City and Torono, and on patrolling and monitoring the waters surrounding us. The oceans have always protected us. We need to start looking at Mexico as our partnener and neighber, and invite in their workers -- and build up the Mexican economy. This will fight both corruption and the drug trade, and help slow the flow of immigrants, due to better paying jobs in Mexico. Obviously, this will take a revolution in our thinking. But after 9/11, it would seem that such a change should be at least seriously considered.

James A. Benzoni
Des Moines, Iowa


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