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Immigration Daily April 13, 2005
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Hill Update

Congress is in session, with both chambers in opposite camps: the House with its emphasis on immigration enforcement (REAL ID) is pitted against the Senate which favors liberalizing immigration policy. During conference negotiations on the must pass supplemental spending bill, the Senate wants to proceed without REAL ID. If the House insists on including REAL ID, the Senate may insist on attaching AgJobs and DREAM in conference. However, this is unlikely and the House will likely back down. The McCain/Kennedy bill, which would go much further than AgJobs and DREAM combined, is expected to be introduced around Memorial Day. Legalization may be much closer than you think.

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The PERM Workshop In Salt Lake City

ILW.COM is pleased to announce The PERM Workshop.

This is an all-day (June 22, 2005 - 9 am to 5 pm) comprehensive workshop covering every major aspect of the PERM rule and its impact on labor certification practices. It is intended for advanced practitioners--familiarity with the PERM rule and labor certification process will be assumed.

The seating is limited to the first 50 registrants to give participants ample opportunity to have their critical questions answered. THE PERM BOOK: Labor Certification by Joel Stewart will be the materials for this workshop. If you have already purchased it, you are eligible for a $500 discount on the price of the workshop. For more information on the PERM Workshop and to register, see here.


Article

The REAL ID Act: A Radical And Misguided Approach To Immigration Reform
Peter Schey writes "The more extreme anti-immigrant crowd in Congress is on the verge of winning a major a victory that will harm the national security, devastate immigrant and refugee families, and substantially increase the undocumented population living in the US."


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News

DOL PERM FAQs
The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration issued frequently asked questions on PERM.


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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.

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruiting
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit www.adnet-nyc.com, or email us at information@adnet-nyc.com. Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.

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.

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.

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:
Although Mr. Alexander's letters may in the opinion of some reflect some "heavy lifting," his letters would benefit from becoming better informed about the immigration laws and their application. Mr. Alexander's letter (4/08/05 ID) was again misunderstanding the main issue concerning Kihoromk's wife. What he is asking for is a temporary status to bring her wife to the US while the application is processed. It is not in any regard an advantage compared to a citizen's wife (or husband given the case). The problem is that the USCIS bureaucracy will not give her any temporary visa until they decide to start taking a look at the application. There is no need to "make any exception." There is a need to do what they are mandated to do in a timely and efficient manner. For instance, a recent GAO report noted, regarding the investors visa program (in a poorly phrased sentence), that " . . . hundreds of EB-5 applicants awaiting the promulgation of implementing regulations and . . . 2 years have passed since Congress required DHS to issue regulations for adjudicating these EB-5 application . . ." Mr. Alexander may retort that this holdup was created by pervasive fraud. Of course, when you are in front of poorly drafted laws, badly regulated, and implemented by adjudicators "not sufficiently trained to properly adjudicate" (sic from USCIS), you will have fraud or at least a level of confusion compatible with fraud. Given the current picture, I doubt that this status quo will ever satisfy any side, unless there is a massive privatization of the USCIS to bring it up to private business standards.

Sebastian
Washington DC

Dear Editor:
A US citizen or legal PR should be able to sponsor their spouses and minor children provided they can prove to US government that they're willing to provide assistance to their sponsored relatives and meet minimum income guidelines and have excellent credit scores (never abuse any welfare and have any bankruptcy filing) and provide health insurance coverage and put some deposit fund to guarantee that their family members won't any kind of welfare. It's really heartbreaking to see families are separated due to inflexible immigration laws. Let those who can and willing to bear the financial burden sponsor their loves one to be united here.

Richard Sugiharto


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