President Bush And Immigration
It appears that President Bush's historic immigration reform initiative announced in January has been shelved for now. Despite his genuine long-term commitment to large-scale immigration, particularly from Mexico, President Bush has not yet been able to achieve his vision of a program that "would match willing foreign workers with willing American employers". President Bush's January announcement met with at best, lukewarm support and he has proved unwilling to scale-down his sweeping immigration vision, even post-9/11. Moreover, he appears to be reluctant to alienate the small but noisy group of conservative Republicans who oppose any pro-immigration legislative reform, particularly with a looming Presidential election which promises to be close. If President Bush wins the election, his plans for a broad immigration reform will likely see the light of the day. If President Bush loses, Citizen Bush will likely look back at his term and judge that immigration reform was the only big issue where he missed the boat.
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DOL Publishes Backlog Reduction Rule
Cyrus Mehta writes "The good news is that the backlog reduction plan goes hand in hand with PERM."
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Immigration Law News
DHS Announces One-Year SEVIS Milestone
The DHS announced the one-year anniversary of the requirement for all international student and exchange visitors to register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). For the news release, see here. For the fact sheet, see here.
"Fear Factor" For A Green Card !
The Los Angeles Times reports "The contestants on "Win the Green", an unscripted, Spanish-language show that airs nightly  in Los Angeles, don't compete for a cash prize or even fame. Instead they jump through extraordinary hoops, eat disgusting "delicacies" and perform odd jobs, all in pursuit of the American dream."
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, seeks experienced attorneys with minimum 3+ years of solid business immigration experience for our San Francisco office. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume practice with advanced practice tools and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, ability to provide exceptional client service, experience managing legal assistants, and superb analytical, organizational and case management skills are expected. We strive for excellence in legal practice in a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Submit your cover letter, resume & writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 415-391-1642.
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 email@example.com.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, an immigration law
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Jackson & Hertogs, based in San Francisco, CA, seeks experienced associates to work in multifaceted roles on a wide range of both
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org, (ph) 215-222-8454, x.242, or visit http://www.cgfns.org/cgfns/newsandevents/specialevents.html
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Ms. Merritt's letter claims that "Mr. Krikorian clearly does not wish to see immigrants from troubled countries." It is my interpretation of Mr. Krikorian's comments that Mr. Krikorian's concern is not with "troubled countries", but that these countries tend to produce desperate, poorly educated, and low-skilled people who will say or do anything to escape their plight--including commit immigration fraud and commercial fraud.
As for Ms. Merritt's concern with Muslims, and discrimination against them, I probably have at least as much experience in the Arab and Muslim worlds as Ms. Merritt, as well as with Muslim communities here in the US. I also happen to be a statistician, and if I were concerned about terrorism form Muslim jihadists, I certainly wouldn't be looking at Sephardic Jewish immigrants from Russia. That is not to say that I would issue a blanket prohibition against immigration of Muslims, but I would certainly scrutinize them more closely. The diversity lottery allows any and all (with minimal requirements) to apply, and as Mr. Krikorian points out, that favors Muslims, given the prevalence of the religion in the Third World. And while it is admirable that Ms. Merritt is concerned about discrimination against Muslims, unfortunately that religion and the countries it is practiced in are generally not so tolerant of other religions, including Christianity.
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