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Immigration Daily October 20, 2004
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Technology In The Immigration Law Office

Email, free internet legal research, and case managment technology are the three main ways in which technology impacts law firms. Email is a wonderful tool but is also easily susceptible to tapping (no warrants necessary), attorneys should never write in an email what they wouldn't say in a fax or letter. Most law firms now have a broadband connection and this combined with the wealth of information on government websites makes obtaining legal documents much easier. Case management technology levels the playing field by empowering even small solo practices with tools until recently available to only very large firms. However, one must never forget that computers are still insecure and it is imperative to install free programs such as SpyBot Search and Destroy and Adaware to protect your computer.


Focus

Immigration Law Books - Latest Editions Shipping Now

No immigration attorney should be without a complete, up-to-date reference library for all his/her primary resource needs. The 2004 edition of The Whole Act INA, provides annotations, footnotes, editorial notes, updated Topical Index with a separate Index of Appendices, and 49 Appendices, to help both novice and experienced practitioners alike efficiently navigate the complex labryinth of immigration statutes. The 2004 edition of regulations in 2 volumes (both immigration regulations 8 CFR and all immigration-related regulations of the DOL, DOS, and DOJ) includes the latest changes in the regulations + handy and most detailed Topical Indices for each. The 2004 edition of Patel's Citations, covering the history and treatment of all reported administrative precedent decisions under immigration and nationality law, keeps you abreast of the status and standing of all such immigration citations (e.g., reversed, affirmed, modified, followed or not followed, criticized, distinguished, etc.). This entire reference library consisting of the Act, Regulations, and Citations, is an indispensable reference tool that you will reach for day after day. We offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you're not satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you can request a full refund - no questions asked. For more information see here.


Article

An Opinion Of President Bush's Immigration Score Sheet And Fall Musings
Alan Lee, Esq. provides a legislative fall roundup of immigration issues and examines President Bush's immigration "accomplishments".


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Secretary Powell Says Visa Policy Returning To Normal Tolerance
During an interview with the USA Today Editorial Board, Secretary Powell said, "...at least the visa policy is starting to come back into normal tolerance. People understand why we ask you do the simple finger scan and picture, protecting us, but it's also protecting you, the traveler and people in other lands."

Intimidation By Questioning Alien Status Is Intolerable
In Asgar-Ali v. Hilton Hotels Corporation, No. 0114451-02 (Supreme Court of New York. Aug. 25, 2004), the court, in an interlocutory order, denied Defendant's motion to obtain information on Petitioner's alien status, absent other indicia establishing likelihood of deportation and absent indication that fraudulent documents were used to obtain employment. The court noted that Defendant's interest in Plaintiff's alien status could only be construed as an attempt to deny Plaintiff access to the courts through intimidation.

DOS Cable On Non-Immigrant Travel Initiative
The Department of State issued a cable to all chiefs of missions on the Non-Immigrant Travel Initiative, a multi-agency effort to examine all aspects of the visa and border security process to ensure "secure borders and open doors".


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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, seeks Associate Attorneys with 3+ (Senior Associates with 5+) years of 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. Please submit your resume via email to careers@usabal.com or by fax to 415-391-1642.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A., an A-V rated Miami-based immigration law firm seeks bilingual (English/Spanish) attorney with 2-5 years experience in areas of immigration litigation and family based and employment based immigrant visa processing. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Send your resume only by e-mail/fax to Caridad Anton, Administrator, Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, P.A. 1110 Brickell Avenue, #210, Miami, FL 33131 Fax (305) 375-9517 e-mail Lsrifkin@rifkinfox.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small NYC downtown firm seeks experienced immigration attorney. Litigation and N.I.V. experience a must. Management and organizational skills preferred. Fax resume to 212-766-4380 or e-mail stw@ppid.com. Please provide cover letter and salary requirements.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
San Diego-Based Larrabee & Zimmerman LLC is seeking the right individual to fill an associate attorney position. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years of business immigration experience in a high volume, busy immigration office. Excellent writing and verbal communication skills required. Demonstrated ability to handle a large number of corporate clients with overall responsibility for all aspects of their immigration legal needs. Strong substantive knowledge of labor certifications, all nonimmigrant categories, adjustment of status, consular processing as well as NIW, and all EB-1 petitions required. Those with less than 3 years of such experience will not be considered. Experience with family-based, asylum and removal defense not relevant to this position. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered. CA bar membership a plus and will be required for any long term employment. Send your resume and salary requirements to hr@larrabee.com (no calls please).

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.

Case Management Technology
After pioneering US Immigration Software, INSZoom recently launched its Global Immigration Edition. This state-of-the art product now helps International Immigration law firms process Immigration petitions for up to 50 countries through a single software. Law firms helping corporate clients in International employee migration can use this system to file, track & manage the status of clients' cases globally. Besides Forms and Case Management, many advanced and unique concepts like HRMS Integration, Global Partnership Management, International Compliancy, Ad Hoc Reporting, and Integration with Client's Human Resources (HR) Portal are offered as part of this tool to increase efficiency and transparency in your immigration operations. Your Clients can update profile information online in 50+ languages, check case status and generate numerous reports online. INSZoom also offers help in maintaining I-9s, LCA, International Taxation, Export Control and other Immigration Compliance issues. Rest assured that you are working with the most comprehensive, secure, simple and strategic immigration case management software available. Two options are available: (1) direct office/network installation or (2) a web-based solution - this 2nd option requires no additional hardware/software purchases - just sign-up, log-in and go. Contact us for a free guided tour today at 925-244-0600 or info@inszoom.com.

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Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
An attorney has announced employment of a USCIS contract paralegal, albeit in some type of technical compliance role. It's probably o.k., but maybe he should double-check whether there is no ethics issue such as the appearance of impropriety, or of an ability to influence a case, etc.

Name Withheld by Request

Dear Editor:
Concerning your quotation by industrial scion, Andrew Carnegie, I beg to disagree that a naturalized citizen born abroad "under institutions which insult him at his birth" has more intense patriotism, or is more "wildly devoted to the Republic" than are natural-born US Citizens. I especially take umbrage with Mr. Carnegie's remark, ". . . little does the native-born citizen know of the value of rights which have never been denied." To hold such a view in 2004 is not only naive, but demeaning to natural-born US citizens, especially veterans who gave service and lives in support of "the Republic". Mr. Carnegie was an astute business man, however, never serving his adopted country in a time of war, rather amassing a huge fortune in railroads and the steel industry after immigrating to the United States from Scotland in a time of relative peace. But it must be noted that Mr. Carnegie's fortune was made long before labor unions, by paying his workers starvation wages and all they could buy on credit at the company stores of the mill towns and on the railroad lines pushing westward into the new frontier - after all, cheap labor from Mexico had not been yet dreamed of, so besides Chinese coolies engaged to build the Transcontinental railway, cheap labor right here at home was the mode of the day. Rather than hold himself, and other naturalized citizens, up to a higher level than those born in the USA, Mr. Carnegie should have stuck to business, and his many philanthropic endeavors, rather than pontificating in the areas of sociology, political science, and philosophy, about which this quotation reveals he knew and understood very little back in 1886.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
The item stating that electronic signatures are now acceptable for I-9s that appeared in the Thursday October 14 issue of Immigration Daily is inaccurate. Please note that electronic signatures are not now acceptable for I-9s as the law doesn't go into effect until the [earlier] of the date 180 days after enactment or when final regulations go into effect.

Lisa Rodney

Editor's Note: As discussed in a letter in the October 18th issue of Immigration Daily, we took a bit of a license with our headline. As the one-page bill states and as you quite correctly point out, the amendment will not go into effect until the earlier of: 180 days after the enactment or when the final regulations go into effect.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or less at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

comingsNgoings To Date
Our new feature, Immigration Daily, comingsNgoings was launched in August. So far, we have received announcements for the following: New Position, Honors And Awards, Mergers & Acquisitions, New Office Address, New Appointment, New Associate, New Attorney, New Partner. If you have a professional announcement (not limited to the above), that you wish to share with the Immigration Daily community, send your professional announcement to: editor@ilw.com.


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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim

Editorial Advisory Board:   Marc Ellis, Gary Endelman

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