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Immigration Daily February 8, 2005
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PERM Seminar Deadline Is Tuesday Feb 8th

Tuesday, February 8th is the deadline to sign up to hear noted legal luminaries Ron Klasko, Roxie Bacon, Jonathan Adams and Angelo Paparelli speak on PERM on February 10th. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Form-Filling Formulae: Answering Logical (and Ontological) On-Line Questions.
  • Can I Get a Witness? How PERM Changes Supervised Recruitment
  • Audit Proofing Your PERM Cases: The Science and Art of Responding to DOL Investigations
  • Handle Me Special and Slip Me in Your Schedule (A): PERM's Impact on Professors, Physical Therapists, Nurses and Exceptional Ability Aliens
  • Pay or Don't Play: Attorney Fees and "Truly Open" Jobs
  • Riffing on RIFs: After PERM, Will Lay-Offs Scuttle Your Case?
  • You Don't Own Me! How Alien Investors and Stockholders Fared under PERM?
  • No More Second Bites: The Death of Remands and Other Changes to BALCA Procedures
  • Much More than a Potted Plant! Strategic Lawyering under PERM
For more info, detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version: The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 8th. Don't delay, sign up today!


Protesting In The US Can Establish A Well-Founded Fear Of Future Persecution
David L. Cleveland writes "..protesting in the US can establish a "well-founded fear of persecution."

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USCIS FY 2006 Budget Includes $100M For Backlog Reduction Effort
The USCIS issued a press release requested $1.854 billion in the FY 2006 budget, including a total of $100 million specifically for backlog elimination efforts.

USCIS Issues INFOPASS Fact Sheet
The USCIS issued an INFOPASS fact sheet.

USCIS Issues El Salvador TPS Reminder
The USCIS issued a reminder to eligible Salvadorans to re-register for the 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) by March 8, 2005.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small mid-town NYC Immigration law firm seeks an enthusiastic, ambitious, multi-tasker, team player with strong writing and verbal skills and experience and interest in immigration law who will "hit the ground running" to handle day-to-day operations, that includes administrative and legal functions. Candidate must be detail-oriented, manage case load independently, possess good organizational and computer skills and is tech savvy. We offer a competitive salary, casual environment, flex/full time and a chance to play a key role in an expanding practice. Send resume + salary requirements in confidence to Virginia Fling:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
The Law Offices of Darren B. Silver, a medium sized established law firm in Los Angeles, CA seeks full time paralegals. Experience must be in business/employment petitions, such as H's, L's and E's. Please forward detailed resume regarding your specific experience. Ideal candidate will have two years of experience, is hard working, self-motivating, organized and enjoys a pleasant team work environment. E-mail resumes to Darren Silver at: or fax to: 213-384-8285.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Kapoor & Associates, a boutique immigration law firm with offices in mid-town Atlanta and downtown Orlando, is looking for an immigration paralegal for our Atlanta office. We are a high-paced firm with a diverse mix of corporate and individual clients handling all types of employment-and family-based immigration cases. The ideal candidate will have 1-2 years of employment-based immigration experience. But most importantly, s/he will have a true passion for helping our clients achieve their dreams in the US. We offer a competitive salary and benefits. Please forward your resume to Romy Kapoor for consideration.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Quan, Burdette & Perez, P.C., a leading immigration law firm in Houston, Texas seeks an associate attorney with 3+ years business immigration practice in a high volume, fast paced environment. Experience must include preparation of non-immigrant visa petitions, labor certification applications, EB-1 and NIW petitions, adjustment of status and consular processing. Strong communication skills and case management skills required. E-mail your resume with subject: Immigration Attorney Position to:

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.

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

Dear Editor:
In response to Kalpna Sharma's letter (2/7/05 ID), I do agree that employers should be targeted, if only because that's the most effective use of scarce resources. However, that does not excuse or mitigate the role of the illegal alien. With rare exceptions, the alien makes great efforts, even paying for it, to evade our laws. That's hardly the act of someone with innocent intent. One of the only things I remember from my business law class 25 years ago is that if one goes to a court of equity seeking justice, one should come with clean hands. Illegal aliens don't have "clean hands" and neither do most of their employers.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Just wanted to let you know that there might be an error on the "year" shown for Atlanta Regional Office RIR and non-RIR cases on ILW.COM's processing times page. According to your table, Atlanta is working on Jun 2004 RIR and non-RIR cases. However, according to the DOL homepage, Atlanta are working on Jun 2003 RIR and non-RIR cases. Can you please clear up this mismatch? Is Atlanta really working on Jun 2004 RIR and non-RIR cases?

Kashif Awan

Editor's Note: Thank you for pointing out our error. The processing times have been updated.

Dear Editor:
The US government is justified 100% to have stricter regulations for non-immigrants and immigrants. Given the scenario of the natural instinct of men to migrate, economic necessity and the justifiable need to regulate the inflow; the US government's focus with respect to immigration has shifted from "service" to "security". However, sometimes in a rush to control and/or enthusiasm to implement the regulations strictly, the hairthin boundary of regulations is crossed and arbitrary restrictions come into play. (This can be verified by actual instances on record). What is the solution? From an immigration perspective, economic well-being is a double-edged sword. Lawmakers on Capital Hill have to be very prudent to bring in well considered regulations (not restrictions) to achieve their objectives to ensure a rational approach to this complex issue of immigration.

J. M. Shah


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New Office
I am pleased to announce that, as of February 1, 2005, the Law Office of Karen H. Pennington has moved to 701 Commerce St., Suite 110, Dallas, TX 75202. Ms. Pennington will continue to represent clients before the USCIS, the immigration courts and the federal courts in both family and employment based cases with a continued emphasis on complex removal and naturalization issues. The new office number is (214)741-7711 and fax (214)741-7733.

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