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Immigration Daily January 27, 2005
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Fully Indexed PERM Rule

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  • A comprehensive and easy-to-use 12 page topical index to the PERM Rule by P.J. Patel, author of Patel's Immigration Law Library
  • 10 Key Questions on PERM by Gary Endelman
  • The PERM World: A Temporary Answer to a Permanent Immigration Problem by David Nachman
  • DOL Memorandum: Technical Instructions Regarding Unprocessed Permanent Foreign Labor Certification Cases
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Detailed Curriculum For January 31st Seminar

The H-1B Visa Reform Act and other H-1B Practice Pointers

  • What types of Master's degree holders qualify for the additional 20,000 H-1B numbers?
  • When will filings for the additional 20,000 H-1B numbers be allowed?
  • How will USCIS count the new numbers?
  • How can employers get a second chance to correct public access folders before DOL can issue fines?
  • How do employers apply the new four-level wage system?
  • What does PERM say about automatic H-1B wage increases when employees are promoted?
The L-1 Visa Reform Act
  • Are some Blanket L-1 petitioners grandfathered and still allowed to import blanket L-1B applicants with only six months experience abroad?
  • How can employers dispatch L-1 workers at customer site while avoiding the ban on off-site placements?
  • What evidence should employers assemble now to avoid off-site placement liability for consulting companies, corporate customers and L-1B workers?
  • How should you advise your clients if they are contacted about their L-1 employment practices by the DHS Office of Inspector General?
Immigration Provisions in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
  • What are the new statutory requirements for visa interviews and waivers of interview?
  • What new authority exists to revoke approved immigrant visa petitions and approved visas retroactively without notice to the alien?
  • What does the new law say about standards for driver's licenses and birth certificates?
  • How many additional U.S. consular officers, Border Patrol officials, ICE officers and detention spaces does the new law authorize over the next four years?
  • What protections does the new law create concerning privacy and civil rights?
Electronic I-9 Legislation
  • Should employers opt for paper or electronic storage of Forms I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verifications)?
  • What forms of electronic signatures will likely satisfy the new law?
  • How does a digital signature differ from an electronic signature?
  • Under what circumstances should employers consider scanning their existing inventory of paper I-9s and discarding the originals?
  • How does the I-9 Retention Rule and the 5-year I-9 statute of limitations affect the decision to scan existing paper I-9s?
  • What Standards Will the Government Adopt for Electronic Signatures and the Electronic Retention of I-9s?
  • How Will Existing I-9 Procedures Be Integrated with Forthcoming Electronic-Signature/Retention Regulations?
  • Will the Government Also Publish a New I-9 Form and a Streamlined List of Acceptable Documents When Issuing the New Digital I-9 Regulation?
  • What Software Applications Are Recommended When Driving down the Digital I-9 Superhighway?
The J-1 Waiver Relief Act
  • How will the 3000 J-1 waivers for doctors be issued over the next two years?
  • What must an employer do to show eligibility for exemption from the H-1B quota?
  • Which types of medical practice are covered?
  • Under what circumstances can a J-1 doctor serve outside of a medically underserved area?
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Driving In The Fast Lane On The Digital I-9 Superhighway
Angelo A. Paparelli writes "Although it took 17 years, Congress finally heeded the cry of employers and enacted legislation that authorizes the use of electronic signatures and the electronic retention of the ubiquitous Employment Eligibility Verification known as the Form I-9."

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Yates Memo Says EB-5 Investor Program Part Of New Investor And Regional Center Unit
William Yates, Associate Director of Operations issued a memo dated January 19, 2005, announcing the establishment of an investor and regional center unit. For the memo, see here. For the attachment, see here.

USCIS Military Naturalization Fact Sheet
The USCIS released a fact sheet explaining how members of the US military may apply for citizenship under the INA.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak and Stewart, P.C. has immediate openings for paralegals for our high-volume business immigration practice in our Raleigh, North Carolina office. Our firm is one of the nation's largest labor, employment and immigration law firms. Located in twenty-one offices across the country, we represent more than half of the nation's Fortune 50 companies. We are seeking paralegals with previous business immigration experience (H, L, TN, I-140, I-485) to join our dynamic and growing group. Your responsibilities will include both nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions. Previous labor certification experience and a Bachelor's degree are preferred; strong attention to detail and excellent writing and communication skills are essential. We offer competitive pay, excellent benefits, and a great environment. Please send resume and cover letter to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking attorneys with a minimum of three years of business immigration experience for our San Francisco Office. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume practice and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the 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 or by fax to 415-391-1642.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
David J. Hart, PA, a well established boutique firm with a diverse client base, based in downtown Miami, FL, seeks a bilingual (English/Spanish) attorney. Candidates must have at least 3 years experience in business immigration including nonimmigrant/immigrant visas and Labor Certifications. E-mail resume to Marcella Nishi-Page:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, a medium-sized labor, employment and immigration law firm seeks an experienced full-time immigration paralegal for its high volume, fast-paced corporate immigration practice in Roseland, NJ. Must have 2+ years of experience in the preparation of employment-related USCIS/DOL filings (all components, including supporting statements), such as non-immigrant employment petitions (E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1, O-1, etc.), immigrant visa applications (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 and permanent residency applications), foreign residency waiver applications and J-1 practical training applications. Must be detail-oriented with excellent writing, communication (oral + written), organizational and computer skills. Bachelor's degree in a related field (or equivalent) required. Foreign language a plus. Send your resume + cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and financial requirements in strict confidence to Alexandra Carvalho at : or fax: 973-992-9125. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, a nationally-recognized, five-attorney firm in Los Angeles, is offering career opportunities to two business immigration paralegals. Our firm represents a mix of corporations, business and computer professionals, physicians, nurses, champion skateboarders and even some major Hollywood movie stars. We are looking for paralegals with a minimum of two years business immigration experience (H, L, O and Labor Certification). You must have excellent writing and speaking skills, be self-motivated, friendly and a team player. Our salaries are competitive and our benefits package is second to none. E-mail your resume to Alison Walters:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Ronald W. Freeman, P.C. is an employment-based immigration law firm located in downtown New York City with a diverse corporate client base. We are looking for an attorney with at least 3 years of employment-based immigration experience to join our firm. Must have significant experience in nonimmigrant/immigrant business visas and labor certification. Strong communication (written & verbal) and case management skills required. Must be willing to participate in practice development efforts. Please email resume & salary requirements in confidence to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Larrabee & Zimmerman LLP, the leading business immigration law firm in San Diego, CA, seeks an associate attorney. Must have 1 to 2 years of business immigration experience in a high volume, fast-paced immigration firm. Experience must include the preparation of labor certifications, nonimmigrant petitions, adjustment of status and consular processing applications as well as NIW, extraordinary ability, multi-national and researcher petitions. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. A great work place to work and enjoy your chosen career. Membership in CA bar a plus. Send your resume + salary expectations by email (only) with subject: Immigration Attorney to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Larrabee & Zimmerman LLP, the leading business immigration law firm in San Diego, CA, seeks a senior associate attorney. Must have 3 to 5 years of business immigration experience in a high volume, fast-paced immigration firm. Experience must include direct management of corporate clients' immigration legal needs including labor certifications, all nonimmigrant categories, adjustment of status and consular processing as well as NIW, extraordinary ability, multi-national and researcher petitions. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. A great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. Membership in CA bar a plus. Send your resume + salary expectations by email (only) with subject: Senior Immigration Attorney to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Fakhoury Law Group, PLLC based in Troy, Michigan has an immediate opening for a paralegal with 2+ years of immigration law experience, particularly labor certifications and I-140s. We offer a competitive salary, benefits and excellent work environment. Please email resume + salary requirements to Rami Fakhoury:

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

Dear Editor:
Stacie Hackel, whose letter was published in Immigration Daily's Jan. 25 issue, can find entry-level positions in immigration working for the USCIS. The Service has 33 district offices, forty-odd sub-offices, eight asylum offices, four service centers, the National Benefits Center and regional and headquarters offices (including the Administrative Appeals office). Therefore, there are numerous opportunities to work in applying immigration law as well as to supervise and/or manage. Public service has tremendous personal rewards and the employee benefits plans are top-notch.

Greg Christian, Deputy Director
Nebraska Service Center, USCIS

Dear Editor:
Regarding Yates's good moral character memo (1/25/05 ID), does this change mean that anyone who has been deported (removed) cannot obtain a waiver or any kind? - see 4th point on attachment 1.

Kim Mensah

Dear Editor:
Should people need guidance with regard to PERM, there is a PERM help desk that has been set-up in Washington D.C. The telephone number is 202-693-3010.

David H. Nachman, Esq.
Nachman & Associates, P.C.


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New Offices
Harun Kazmi (CA licensed), an AILA member, and Cliff Sakata (NM licensed) opened their new law office in San Diego, Calif. on January 3. Kazmi & Sakata share many years of experience working together in the Southern California region practicing business and family immigration law. Their individually diverse backgrounds encourage a compassionate understanding of clients' needs while acquiring work visas, processing family immigration and more. 4995 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 306, San Diego, CA 92123. (P) 858-874-0711. (F) 858-874-0775.

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