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Robert Divine's Immigration Practice

Immigration Daily is pleased to announce that Robert Divine's "Immigration Practice 2004-2005" is now available for sale on ILW.COM. This indispensable immigration law practice manual covers all aspects of immigration law, and includes:

  • cross references on related topics
  • line by line instructions on how to complete commonly used immigration forms
  • comprehensive detailed charts of contact information for gov't agencies administering immigration-related laws, and much more
Robert Divine practiced immigration law with the law firm of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz and is now principal legal advisor to USCIS. To learn more and/or to order your copy, see here.

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Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, April 12th!

The deadline to sign up for the April session of "Filing PERM Cases For Advanced Practitioners" is Tuesday, April 12th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2005.pdf.) Don't delay, register today!


Article

Not Just For Rocket Scientists: Green Cards For Aliens of Extraordinary Ability In Business
Susan Willis McFadden writes "Although the United Nations has proclaimed 2005 to be "International Year of Physics", we practitioners of US immigration law should make it the year we prove to ourselves and our clients that it is not just rocket scientists, or Nobel Prize winners, who can qualify for the EB-1-1 and thereby obtain permanent residence in the US."


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News

CRS Report On 9/11 Commission Recommendations
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on biometric identifiers and border security: 9/11 Commission recommendations and related issues.


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Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Merrill R. Cohen & Associates, PC, a small, busy business and immigration law firm, has an immediate opening in New York, NY for an immigration attorney. We have a broad client base, including research hospitals, a wide variety of businesses, as well as internationally acclaimed artists, actors, musicians, and designers. Friendly work environment with lots of client contact. Position requires excellent writing, interpersonal, case management and business skills. Minimum of 3 years immigration law experience required. Full time preferred; will consider part-time. Salary D.O.E. Please fax cover letter and resume to Morgan Bailey at (212) 818-0625, or email her at mbailey@cohenlawfirm.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Office of Judith G. Cooper, P.C. has an immediate opening in Houston, TX for an Immigration Attorney. Minimum 5 years immigration law experience required. Candidate must have experience in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant law. Ideal applicant posesses excellent writing skills, has case management experience, and is client service oriented. Salary commensurate with experience. E-mail resume to Administrator at CCooper@immigration-visas.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Lane Powell PC, a general business and litigation firm with 170+ lawyers in five offices, seeks a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual for immigration paralegal position in its Seattle office, focusing on business immigration. Strong organizational, writing & interpersonal skills and 3 years business immigration experience are required. Experience with INSZoom is a plus. Excellent work environment, competitive salary and benefits. Send resume, salary requirements, & references to Carol Van Buren at vanburenc@lanepowell.com. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (FDBL) seeks to hire an experienced paralegal for its Washington D.C. office. FDBL offers a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidate has 2-5 years experience with all aspects of business immigration and will have the benefit of attorney supervision and guidance. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of IV petitions, labor certifications (RIR, traditional and PERM), AOS and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types NIV petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Paralegal 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. FDBL offers a comprehensive compensation package. Fax resume + cover letter to Allison Bettridge, Human Resources/Office Manager, at 202-371-2898. For more information, contact Ms. Bettridge at 202-223-5515. FDBL is an equal opportunity employer.

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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.

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

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Dear Editor:
As always, Ali Alexander's letter (4/8/05) was well thought out. Generally, I agree with his arguments, but as a U.S. expatriate living in Costa Rica, I have to take issue with his claim that CAFTA will only benefit multinational corporations, not people in general. Why is it, then, that the most staunch opponents of this proposed Free Trade Agreement in Costa Rica are the employee unions of the state-run telecommunications and insurance monopolies? Because for the last 40 years a precious few have been getting fat while four million consumers have been forced to pay high prices for lousy services, due to the absence of competition (free trade). Why is that the other vociferous opponents are a handful of agroindustrial rice growers and the entire dairy products sector? Because they have benefitted from exorbitant (70%-90%) import tariffs while four million consumers pay artificially high prices for basic food items that, as a result, are unaffordable for a large percentage of the population here that lives below the poverty line. To me that sounds a lot like a country "driving the well-being of its citizenry into the ground." Although it may be true that CAFTA does not address child labor and sexual harrassment issues, there are plenty of other ways to tackle those problems. One of the most effective ways is simply the long-term effect of a greater general prosperity level, which is the main goal of any Third World country that signs a free trade agreement. Greater prosperity brings about a more educated and politically demanding citizenry in the long run, meaning a citizenry that eventually (of its own accord, not due to foreign arm-twisting) will no longer tolerate child labor or sexual harrassment.

Marc W. Mellin
Naranjo, Costa Rica

Dear Editor:
Mr. Alexander's letter (04/08/05 ID) misread the nature of the H-1B visas. The Congressional intent in creating the H-1B program is clear. H-1B is one of the few non-immigrant statuses that allows for dual-intent, that is to initiate an immigrant visa application while in status. Even more, for many legal purposes such as in-state tuition, the H-1B visa holders are considered residents of the state where they live because they are legally allowed to apply for PR status and stay indefinitely in the state. In this case, Congress was clear in leaving the door open, which it rarely does, for permanent residency in the country. In an ideal world, workers will be free to go back and forth in accordance to what the market demands. However, in order to accomplish such goal, you need to provide them with time-limited but not employer-specific work permits so they are actual free agents of the economy and not bonded servants.

Sebastian
Washington DC

Dear Editor:
Ali Alexander's letters to Immigration Daily do the "heavy lifting" for those of us less gifted but who feel the same about the immigration issue. Thank you.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME

Dear Editor:
Between the REAL ID Act and the lack of an increase in the H-1B cap we have seen some real progress to stem the tide of immigration in this country. I just wonder why is it we have to wait until 2008 to make everyone entering Canada and Mexico have a valid passport. That leaves 3 more years of abuse and fraud before we have a more secure border.

Dr. No


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