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Immigration Daily May 9, 2005
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Family Immigration

The deadline to register for the upcoming seminar on Family Immigration topics is Tuesday, May 10th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:

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Ron Klasko On PERM

Ron Klasko (who needs no introduction) will present a 3-part telephonic seminar on PERM. The curriculum is as follows:

In addition to the specific items below, each session will discuss: Panelists' experience with PERM (successes, problems, timing, conversions, logistical/technological issues, what's being audited, audit experiences, differences between Atlanta and Chicago); Panelists' experiences with Backlog Processing Centers (timing, substantive issues, differences between Texas and Pennsylvania); New guidance from ETA; Experience with SWAs re: prevailing wages.

FIRST Phone Session on May 19:

  • Refiling Issues - "Identical" conversions; Issues to consider: quotas, new prevailing wage, new SVP, impact on seventh year extensions of H-1Bs, age out children, other personal issues.
  • Developing the Case Strategy - Chronology of case steps; Timing issues from beginning to filing.
  • Completing the forms - Registration issues; How to avoid rejection; Answering Specific Questions
SECOND Phone Session on June 16:
  • Prevailing wages - Strategies for getting lower level wage; Use of private surveys; Role of advocacy; Appeals
  • Job Requirements - Avoiding alternative occupations; Avoiding special requirements; O*Net/SVP advanced issues; What is "normal"?
  • Audit Proofing the Application - What cases get audited?; Strategies for avoiding audits.
THIRD Phone Session on July 14:
  • Recruitment Issues - Deciding if "professional" recruitment is necessary; Choosing the best recruitment plan; Issues in each of the optional recruitment categories; Technical compliance sufficient?
  • Recruitment Reports - Issues in disqualifying applicants; Applying combination of education, training and experience standard; Format and timing of the report.
  • Issues for small and closely-held businesses - Special requirements; Strategies for presenting case.
The deadline to sign up Tuesday, May 17th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Scraps From The Table: Positive Changes To REAL ID Made By The House And Senate Conferees
Scott Mossman writes "The efforts of a broad array of organizations, from the Southern Baptists to the ACLU, succeeded in convincing the House and Senate conferees to minimize REAL ID's most offensive changes to asylum and credibility."

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Child May Stand In Shoes Of Parents Affected By China's One-Child Policy
In Wang v. Gonzales, No. 04-2656 (3rd Cir. Apr. 27, 2005), the court refused to create a bright-line rule that persecution only of parents never can be regarded as persecution of a minor child who is a member of a parents' household or always should be so regarded. The court also said that whereas a husband had a direct interest in whether his wife could have additional children, a child was in a very different position as the family planning policies as applied to his parents could affect him only as a potential sibling and not as a parent.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Hammond Law Group LLC with ten attorneys and 30 staff members is one of the ten largest full-scale business immigration law firms in the United States. The firm is headquartered in Cincinnati with satellite offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, and Seattle. We are currently seeking associates for our Cincinnati office. Our client base is wide ranging from Fortune 100 companies to progressive start-ups. Our clients represent a cross range of industries and include those from: information technology, hospitals and other healthcare institutions, financial services, private and public universities, pharmaceutical and scientific research institutions, manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications, and relocation. Applicants should have 1-3 years exp. in business immigration law. Applicants with healthcare immigration law experience (e.g. RNs, PTs, Pharmacists) are strongly encouraged to apply. Please send resumes to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 5+ yrs. of experience 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:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Am Law 200 firm headquartered in Chicago has an immediate opportunity in our dynamic business immigration practice in our Chicago office. The position requires excellent academic credentials, 2-4 years experience in all nonimmigrant business visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case management, communication and writing skills required. Must be customer-service focused and able to thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Prior experience working with medical organizations, managing legal staff and proficiency with IRIS Pro technology a plus. Competitive salary, excellent benefits and a professional, collegial workplace environment offered. Vedder Price is an EOE and we strongly support diversity in the workplace. For consideration, submit cover letter, resume, and transcript to Eileen Neis, Legal Recruitment Administrator by email: or mail: Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, P.C., 222 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60601.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opportunity in our dynamic team in the Law and Corporate Affairs Department in Redmond, Washington. The position requires excellent academic credentials, 4-6 years experience in all nonimmigrant business visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case management, communication and writing skills are required. Must be customer-service focused and able to thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Prior experience managing legal staff and proficiency with Microsoft technology a plus. Microsoft offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and casual workplace environment. Please submit your resume in Word format to Please indicate job code N145-122703 in the subject line. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

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 No calls please.

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Dear Editor:
Below are some of the reasons why AILA members from Florida encourage you to support Tammy Fox-Isicoff for AILA Secretary - Florida hasn't had representation on AILA'S Eexecutive Committee in almost 20 years -

Vote When You Receive A Ballot In Mid-May For Tammy!

"I have practiced immigration law in Miami for twelve years and have personally known Tammy for the same period. I am currently President-Elect of AILA's South Florida Chapter and have served with Tammy on several AILA committees, including the Miami District CIS committee and the Florida Bar CLE committee, both of which I presently chair. Tammy's contributions to AILA, both locally and nationally, have been remarkable, and her tireless efforts and vigorous advocacy have greatly advanced our organization's cause. I strongly support Tammy's election to the position of AILA Secretary, as it will only serve to strengthen AILA's position and further the interests of the immigrant community." - Anis Saleh

"I support Tammy Fox-Isicoff for AILA National Secretary. Tammy's knowledge of the law and how the "immigration system" works is unparalleled. Tammy is exceptional aggressively articulating her position and is not afraid to address the hard issues that face every immigration practitioner. She is not afraid to take on the government's often unreasonable and troublesome positions. I have served with Tammy for many years in the South Florida Chapter and have witnessed first hand what an incredible talent she is." - Jeffrey Devore

"From my personal experience in working with Tammy for the last 10 years in connection with SESA and DOL liaison activities, I have come to see that Tammy is unquestionably capable and uniquely qualified to serve our organization at the highest level. I have seen her relentless service to the organization and observed her professional and most effective manner of communicating with D0L officials in a way that creates a win/win atmosphere, even when pressing for answers to critical issues. Tammy has the drive to always be fully informed on any issue she is addressing, the diplomacy to deal with government officials at the highest level, and fortitude to refuse to accept brush off responses and to go after full answers to the many difficult issues which effect all of our practices. In short, Tammy is exactly the type of outspoken voice that we need to keep our organization vital." - Tim Spridgeon

"I am supporting Tammy Fox-Isicoff for AILA Secretary. Tammy will make sure that our Chapter is well represented at AILA national. Even though we're one of the largest chapters in AILA we have not had anyone on the Executive Committee for approximately 20 years. I strongly feel that Tammy is the right person to be our representative and I'm sure that she'll continue to do an excellent job when it comes to being an energetic and effective voice in immigration related matters." - Eugenio Hernandez

"I support Tammy Fox-Isicoff for Secretary of AILA National because she consistently gives 100% of her efforts in support of furthering AILA's stated goals. She has been instrumental in raising and resolving key issues in her liaison with the government, and she is not afraid to tackle the most difficult issues head-on. Tammy is a real lawyer's lawyer." - Michael Shane

"Few immigration law practitioners can boast expertise in every area. I myself know of only one. Tammy Fox. Tammy comes from a background as counsel with legacy-INS. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities Legal Services in Miami, the largest agency meeting the needs of the poor in South Florida. She serves as ICE liaison for the S. Florida Chapter. Perhaps based on this diverse experience, she has an outstanding command of removal and detention issues. In a blink of an eye, though, Tammy can move into the employment-based arena, and instruct her colleagues on everything from non-immigrant visas for the business professional, to investments, to labor certification. At a national level, she has served on General Counsel Liaison and the EOIR Committee. Tammy has insurmountable energy and (thankfully) an undying optimism that immigration law and policy can indeed be improved through litigation, liaison, and education." - Mary Kramer

"I support Tammy-Fox Isicoff for AILA Secretary for many reasons. She is incredibly smart, always completely current on all of the issues, gutsy, creative and one of the hardest -working attorneys I've ever met. She is passionate about advancing principles of justice and fairness within our immigration law and policy. She is also a genuinely nice person who is easily approachable. She always takes the time to help a colleague in need. In short, I have always had the utmost respect and admiration for Tammy and the consistently exceptional work she does, from which we have all benefited. I would be thrilled for her to be AILA Secretary." - Deborah Townsend

"I recommend and support Tammy Fox-Isicoff as Secretary in the upcoming National AILA elections. Tammy is an excellent attorney . She unquestionably has our organizations best interest at heart when advocating and lobbying on our behalf. Tammy is effective and ethical. We will benefit from her leadership." - Oscar Levin

"Although I am never in the loop to be asked for support by anyone, I do support [Tammy] for AILA Secretary. My reasons may be out of the ordinary, but they are valid. I support [Tammy] because [she is], even when [she was] working for the Government, a person with a good heart and feelings of human sympathy towards those, who being less fortunate than us, are seeking to join this great project we call the United States of America. [She is] a person of great morals and solid principles. We all know that in AILA. [She] really enjoys her profession and it has been always apparent to me that she funds a great reward in helping others, that is what really makes her different from the people who only work this profession for a living. And that is why she has my most sincere admiration and support." - Alfonso Oviedo

"Tammy Fox-Isicoff is the best thing AILA South Florida Chapter ever had. She keeps us up to date with cutting edge, hot off the press information. She addresses problems with solutions. Her energy, knowledge and passion are second to none. Florida is a unique immigration jurisdiction and if we want our issues to be heard, we must vote for her. Tammy Fox-Isicoff is a valuable asset to AILA let's launch her dedication to a national level. Vote for Tammy." - Linda Osberg Braun

"Florida desperately needs representation on AILA's Executive Committee. It has been almost 20 years since someone from Florida served on this Committee and I can think of no one better to serve than Tammy. Tammy is aware of the issues that need to be addressed in today's ever evolving and difficult immigration climate. We need an advocate for our organization that understands the needs of all areas of immigration law. We have a responsibility to our careers, to our clients, and to our organization to vote. We have a responsibility to vote for somebody who can represent our chapter and our interests in Florida." - Susan Hahn

"Tammy is a professional woman who is well respected by all governmental officials for ability to bring cloudy issues to the forefront for resolutions that affect all of us. Tammy is a hard working lawyer with the intelligence and professionalism need to represent AILA in this day and age. Tammy achieves for her clients and she will achieve for us. Tammy has a proven record of working hard for the rights of immigrants, she will serve us well." - Josephine Gagliardi

Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff P.A.
Miami, FL

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