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Immigration Daily April 4, 2005
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Waiver Practice In Consular Processing

The April 7th telephonic session of "Consular Processing Today: Visa Procedures, Security Clearances, And Waivers" will discuss Waiver issues. The speakers are expected to be government officials from the US Consulates in Rome, Frankfurt, London, Lima and possibly Mexico City. Officials from DOS HQ in DC will also participate. Jan Pederson and Roberta Freedman will lead the discussion. The deadline to register is Tuesday, April 5th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2005.pdf.)

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

What's In THE PERM BOOK?

"Labor Certification by Joel Stewart - THE PERM BOOK" consists of four parts:

  1. A detailed section-by-section interpretation of the PERM rule by Joel Stewart and his lengthy commentary on the rule
  2. A "How To" section with Joel Stewart's tips on filling out Form 9089
  3. Articles by many noted practitioners on specific topics arising from the PERM rule
  4. Useful resource material including: The PERM rule, key Department of Labor contact information and jurisdiction, Full SOC Definitions for occupations surveyed by OES in SOC code order, and DOL memos on Prevailing Wage.
A few examples of issues discussed:
  • What is SVP? As per 69 FR 77332, ETA plans to utilize the guidance provided in the administrative directive Field Memorandum No. 48-94 for this purpose. The entire description of SVP in FM 48-94 is reproduced and analyzed in THE PERM BOOK.
  • What employer surveys are acceptable? As per 69 FR 77368, “as long as the employer-provided survey meets the criteria outlined in § 656.40(g) of the regulations, or that were described in section J of GAL 2-98 or other guidance issued by ETA, the survey should be accepted by the SWA." Section J of GAL 2-98 is different from 656.40(g). This section is reproduced and analyzed in THE PERM BOOK.

At over 500 pages, this is an essential reference tool for serious labor certification practitioners. Orders for this book will be shipped according to the principle first ordered, first shipped (expected publication April 05). For more info, and to order, see here.


Article

March Madness: Immigration, Not Basketball
Sherry L. Neal writes "Indeed, the last month in immigration can be appropriately called "March Madness"."


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News

DOL Proposes Rule To Require Electronic Filing Of LCAs
The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor issued a proposed rule to amend its regulations related to the H-1B and H-1B1 programs to generally require employers to use Web-based electronic filing of labor condition applications (LCAs).


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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
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 careers@usabal.com or by fax to 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 5+ yrs. of exp. with business immigration applications, nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experienced with other application types (family, naturalization, etc.. is a plus). Ideal candidate must have BA degree, excellent organizational, case management and computer skills. Must have excellent English and Spanish verbal and written skills. Should have fully developed paralegal skills in this area including ability and desire to serve as a resource/trainer to junior paralegals. Working hrs 9-6pm or 9:30-6:30pm with 1 hr. lunch and overtime as needed. Competitive compensation package offered. Email cover letter + resume to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Immigration law firm seeks immigration paralegal/legal assistant with 2+ years of experience in employment-based IV, NIV, family-based IV, naturalization, adjustment of status, and consular processing. Position based in Montgomery County, MD. College degree or paralegal certificate preferred. Significant work experience considered in place of formal education. Superior analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, and immigration forms applications. Heavy client contact, legal research, and immigration petitions. Excellent salary/benefits package. Send resume + salary requirements to: legaljobsearch@gmail.com or fax: 301-468-0751.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez has immediate opportunity for an immigration attorney to work on a wide range of cases in a diverse, full-service immigration law practice based in Sherman Oaks, CA. Attorney will represent clients before immigration officers and in immigration courts including employment-based IV, NIV, family-based IV, and naturalization. Excellent legal research/writing and outstanding communication skills needed. Ideal candidate has 2-4 years of experience -exceptional, motivated candidates with less experience are also encouraged to apply. Candidate shows initiative and works independently. Spanish language a plus. Great office environment and wonderful clients. Send cover letter, and resume to Jessica Dominguez: LawofficesofJD@aol.com. All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence and references will not be contacted without prior approval.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez has an immediate opportunity for two experienced paralegals, with experience in family-based immigration visas and/or business visas for its law offices based in Sherman Oaks, CA. Must have experience in the following: non-immigrant, work-related visas, including H-1Bs, and L-1s, labor certifications, and consular processing. Spanish a plus. Must have excellent organizational, written, computer, and verbal skills, and possess the ability to work with minimum supervision. We offer a friendly office environment and wonderful clients. Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Jessica Dominguez: abogadalatina@aol.com.. All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence and references will not be contacted without prior approval.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Mitchell C. Zwaik & Associates, a growing broad-based immigration firm in Suffolk County, New York seeks 1-2 associates for immediate opening. Must have excellent research, writing & case management skills and at least 1-3 years experience in either litigation/appeals (EOIR, BIA, mandamus, petitions for review) or business immigration (labor cert., H-1B, L-1A, E-2). Some Saturday work required. Send cover letter with salary requirements, resume and writing sample to Mitchell Zwaik: mczwaik@zwaik.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, P.A. seeks an experienced full-time immigration paralegal sought for a high volume, fast-paced corporate immigration practice in Roseland, NJ. 2+ years of experience preferred in preparation of employment-related USCIS/DOL filings (all components, including supporting statements), such as non-immigrant employment petitions, immigrant visa applications, and/or permanent residency applications. Must be detail-oriented with excellent writing, communication, organizational, and computer skills. Send resume + cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and financial requirements in strict confidence to Alexandra Carvalho at: recruit@gghlaw.com or fax: 973-992-9125. EOE.

Immigration Law Conference
The Center for Migration Studies and Fordham Law School are pleased to present the 28th National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy. Conducted in collaboration with Catholic Legal Immigration Network, it will take place April 25th-26th in NYC. Sessions will include: (1) using technology to improve both service and security; (2) impact that security checks and backlogs have had on assorted industries (3)impact on civil rights and liberties for immigrants post-9/11 (4) human rights and asylum developments (5) emerging issues in employment-based immigration (6) workplace enforcement issues and (7) prospects for immigration reform. Sponsors will also conduct two special alternative programs: (1) what groups are doing now to advocate and prepare for immigration reform (2) implementation of PERM. The conference will feature a panel of distinguished speakers. For conference program details, including speakers, see http://www.cmsny.org/announcement.htm#CONFERENCE%20PROGRAM. To register, see: http://www.cmsny.org/registration-form.htm. Up to 11.5 professional practice CLE credits available for non-transitional CLE Program. Visit http://law.fordham.edu/cle.htm to learn more about CLE credit and obtaining financial hardship relief.

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Letters

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

Dear Editor:
If I misconstrued Bruce Hake's objection to the outsourcing of legal work (3/28/05 ID), I sincerly apologize. It just seems to me that in the last few years that immigration attorneys are not considering what is in the best interests of American workers versus their allegiance to corporate employers who abuse the H-1B and L-1 visa programs. (Not unlike our legislators, who appear to sell their votes on pending legislation to the highest bidders - corporate lobbyists representing big business and trade groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the ITAA, Compete America, and others). I should know. I work for a multinational corporation based in the US that has many H-1B and L-1 workers doing jobs formerly done by Americans (and probably, for the most part, paid less than the Americans that they replaced). If only immigration attorneys were as concerned for the protection of United States citizens and their jobs as they are for their corporate and non-immigrant clients.

Steve Landess
Austin, Texas


comingsNgoings

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

New Offices
Edwin R. Rubin, past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, is pleased to announce the opening of his new office. Our practice, as it has been for the past 32 years, will continue to be limited to immigration and nationality matters. The firm specializes in employment based immigration procedures and issues and family based immigration and naturalization matters. Edwin R. Rubin, Esq., 744 Broad Street, 16th Floor, Newark, NJ 07102. Phone 973-735-2730.


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