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Immigration Daily May 16, 2005
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Deadline Is Tuesday, May 17th

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:


Rene The Refugee
Leah Parker And Jen Smyers presents a children's book and advocacy tool for the Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act.

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DOS Announces Machine Readable Passport Requirement Effective June 26, 2005
The Department of State quoting the DHS announced that as of June 26, 2005, all persons traveling under the auspices of the Visa Waiver Program must present a machine-readable passport to travel to the US without a visa.

White Press Briefing On Immigration Reform
During a White House press briefing, White House Spokesman McClellan responded to the following query, " Does [President Bush] believe these cheap labor illegals should be confined to being bused rather than being able to drive even used cars?"

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Reeves and Associates, PLC (R&A), the largest and oldest full-service immigration firm in California with global offices, seeks a managing attorney for its expanding San Francisco office. The position requires excellent case management, communication and writing skills, with 5 years of well-rounded experience in immigration law including business, family, appeals, deportation and litigation. California bar membership is required. R&A offers excellent salary and benefits including health, dental, vision, long term disability, CLE expenses, retirement plan, plus commissions and a yearly bonus. R&A has an experienced support staff, state of the art technology and unsurpassed growth and learning potential, all in a friendly environment. This is an exceptional opportunity with partnership track possible. Please email your cover letter, resume, and salary history to or fax to (626) 795-4999.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Join a team that works hard in a relaxing, collegial atmosphere. Employment-based firm with Fortune 500 clients seeks a full-time paralegal for its Phoenix, AZ office. Must have at least one year employment immigration experience, be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, technology and people skills. College degree preferred. Excellent salary and benefits including health, dental, vision, long and short term disability and retirement benefits. Arizona offers year-round hiking, camping, boating, professional sports and the Grand Canyon! Email cover letter with resume and salary requirements to Theresa Talbert at

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (Fragomen) seeks to hire an attorney for its Washington D.C. office. Our ideal candidate has 1-2 years experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration. This position requires strong writing and excellent verbal communication skills. Must be a team player with strong interpersonal skills. Fragomen offers a comprehensive compensation package. Please send resume and writing sample in confidence to Allison Bettridge, Human Resources/Office Manager, FDB&L, 1212 New York Ave., NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20005 or fax to 202-371-2898. For additional information, please contact Ms. Bettridge at: 202-223-5515. Fragomen is an equal opportunity employer.

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.

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Dear Editor:
I am running for AILA National Secretary because I believe AILA needs a forceful, dedicated, vibrant leader to guide our organization in these perilous times. Our clients and practices are under daily attack from anti-immigrant forces. Now, more than ever, AILA needs a strong, effective leader; an independent thinker who stands-up and fights for what he believes in and, at the same time, understands the importance of tact and diplomacy. I believe I am that kind of leader. I am both a tough seasoned litigator and an experienced corporate and family immigration lawyer. I believe we must stand up for our clients and our practices. REAL ID, which severely limits asylum, puts the federal government in the driver's license business, and suspends habeas review for the first time since the Civil War, is just the beginning of what the anti-immigrant forces have in store. Please join the growing list of AILA Past National Presidents, Chapter Leaders, Liaison Committee Chairs, AILA scholars and professors, and other concerned members who support me. Here is what a few of them have to say:

Eleanor Pelta and Jonathan Greene, DC Chapter - (Full statement reprinted below) "This year, more than ever, what really matters in this election are passion, principles and continuous selfless hard work chipping away at impossible obstacles created by DHS policy. These are the reasons the AILA Nominating Committee chose David Leopold. That choice is the right one for all of us."

Warren Leiden, AILA Board of Govenors, N. California Chapter - "I strongly support David Leopold for AILA Secretary and eventually President of our association. David is one of the most thoughtful and conscientious members of the AILA board. His experience, intellect and integrity make him truly a "lawyer's lawyer." I know that he will represent us well, and that we will be proud of him as a leader of AILA."

Steve Yale-Loehr, Co-author, Immigration Law And Procedure, Immigration Law And Procedure, Upstate New York Chapter - "I strongly support David Leopold for AILA Secretary. As both a seasoned litigator and an experienced business immigration attorney, David will bring a well-balanced perspective to the AILA Executive Committee. He stands out because he is equally adept tackling complex business immigration issues and litigating intricate issues raised in removal defense and federal court. David is a talented AILA leader who has demonstrated a keen ability to fight hard for wha t he believes in and achieve tangible results for AILA. David also understands the fine art of diplomacy, teamwork and consensus building. David will lead AILA with common sense, creativity and integrity."

Marisa Casablanca, S. Florida Chapter - "My decision to support David Leopold was not made lightly. We have many great attorneys in AILA who are very qualified. However, I chose to support David for his passion in furthering the interests of justice and fairness for immigrants. For the past several years, we have seen our client's rights trampled, our constitution being destroyed, and our practices have become more about putting out fires than practicing the law we are accustomed to. As an immigration attorney with almost two decades of exclusive immigration experience, I believe David is the best qualified for bringing us through this difficult era in our country's history. He has extensive experience litigating in federal court on behalf of aliens. He has been extremely active in defending those who have been the most abused by our immigration laws. His dedication transcends geographical boundaries. He started the AILA "Litigation School" to encourage all members to "take on" the government. He does not just care for his own clients, he cares for the rights of all our clients and the integrity of our practice."

Bob Aronson, Minnesota Chapter - "David Leopold is an immensely talented and energetic practitioner, working in a wide range of issues running from business immigration to federal court litigation. He is a terrific advocate and mentor, and has been unstinting in his support of the professional development of AILA members. He will bring a great deal of substantive expertise, passion, humor, and energy to the Executive Committee. I can't imagine a more deserving candidate for the position as Secretary."

Margaret Catillaz, AILA Past National President - "David Leopold has my enthusiastic support for a position for the next National Secretary of AILA. Having worked with him on tough, challenging projects, I have been deeply impressed by his judgment and diplomacy, with his creative solutions and with the energy and purpose that he brings to the practice of immigration law and to the interests of AILA and its members. His trial experience has honed his ability to advocate articulately and his work ethic brings a doggedness to problem solving that has served us well. In the courtroom, he has fought successfully for immigrants. Within AILA, his abiding sense of justice has brought passion to improving the immigration system and the quality of practice for AILA's members. He has shared his talents unselfishly and offers AILA significant strengths at this critical time."

Donna Lipinski, AILA Board of Governors, Colorado Chapter - "What I most respect about David personally is his sincerity, integrity and honesty. He is non-assuming. He only speaks when he has something positive to contribute which is relevant to the dialogue. David will not grandstand and speak just to hear himself talk or to grandiose who he is. He is an independent thinker and I know his decisions on the Executive Committee will be made with only the best interests of our national organization at heart. Professionally, he is dogged, determined and tireless in his advocacy on behalf of his clients. He is willing to think outside the box; he is wise; and he is tenacious. We need a leader who can unify this organization at a time when there are so many forces trying to divide us. David is that leader."

Terry Clifton Christian, Former Immigration Judge, Central Florida Chapter - "David Leopold appeared before me on several occasions when I was an Immigration Judge. He is an excellent lawyer in every respect. He certainly has my vote."

Jose Pertierra, DC Chapter - "I vigorously support David Leopold for AILA Secretary. He is a tireless worker on behalf of immigrants' rights, a terrific organizer, an excellent litigator and can get things done professionally. He works very well with others and is a team oriented person. AILA needs his teamwork on the Executive Committee."

Brian K. Bates, Member, AILA Board of Governors, Texas-New Mexico-Oklahoma Chapter - "One of top immigration litigators in the United States. I can think of no one more qualified to serve as a national officer of AILA."

Daryl Buffenstein, AILA Past National President - "I strongly endorse David Leopold for AILA Secretary. Tough times call for tough, experienced leaders. David Leopold is smart, energetic and creative. He has built an impressive record of triumph in the federal circuit courts, and a long list of accomplishments on behalf of AILA, including the establishment of a solid and productive liaison relationship with ICE, the founding of the AILF/AILA Litigation Institute and a record of impressive advocacy work in Congress. Critically, David understands that in these difficult times, we must work together, not at cross purposes. As Secretary he will lead AILA with common sense, skill, and bold temperament."

Michael Maggio, Past DC Chapter Chair - "David's diverse practice mirrors the practice of most AILA members. In addition to a hand on the pulse of our membership's day-to-day problems and needs, I know from working with him for years that David also offers exceptionally smart and persuasive advocacy for our clients and AILA's broader concerns. This is precisely the type of informed and articulate leadership we urgently need during these difficult times for immigrants and those who defend them."

Carmen A. DiPlacido, Director of Citizens Consular Services (1980 TO 1995) Director of policy review and interagency liaison (1995 to 1997), Bureau of consular affairs, U.S. Department of State, DC Chapter - "David Leopold's record shines with accomplishment, leadership and success. He possesses a unique blend of technical prowess, legal experience, strong interpersonal relations, endless drive and remarkable creativity. These are the traits of a highly effective and influential leader. David is that and then some. His resume is replete with examples of not only the kind of experience and achievement AILA needs but also the invaluable contributions David has already made to AILA as an organization, to AILF and to the overall immigration bar. At this time in AILA's history, given the mood of the Country and our challenges ahead, his experience is vital, his network of contacts is beneficial, his superb interpersonal and communication skills are advantageous and his competence is crucial. He will significantly contribute to the success and credibility of our organization. I wholeheartedly endorse David for AILA Secretary."

Ted Ruthizer, AILA Past National President - "I support David Leopold because he will provide strong leadership in a constructive way that recognizes the value of teamwork and cooperation. He's a proven AILA leader who is ready to take on the challenge of being a member of AILA's Executive Committee."

Gregg Rodgers, Washington Chapter, Past Chair, CBP Liaison Committee - "I would like to express my personal and strong support for the election of David Leopold to the position of AILA Secretary on the AILA Executive Committee. I have had the pleasure of seeing David in action at the national level and getting to know him at various AILA conferences and events on a personal level. I think he will be an outstanding Secretary, and in the long run, an AILA President who will represent us well on the national level. I encourage you to vote for him to become Secretary. David was a tremendous leader/team player as Chair of AILA's 2003-2004 ICE Liaison Committee. This is where I got to know him - during that first year of the change-over from INS to ICE. Talk about tough times! He led the ICE Liaison Committee through its first turbulent year in which ICE's initial interactions with AILA were virtually non-existent. But through steady pressure and diplomacy, he helped open ICE to truly liaise with AILA. I agree with all of those who say that we need leaders at AILA who are willing to fight DHS and to challenge them - and I know that David can do that. But I also know that David knows diplomacy and how to use that to our advantage. When you look at the leadership of our country and its relationships with the world and what we want to accomplish, who would you choose? I would choose the ones who are tough and diplomatic - the ones who know the details and seek resolution rather than the battle. I feel David is the kind of leader I would elect to be my face at the table with the government."

Peter Ashman, Nevadad Chapter Chair - "David is one of those rare people who combine substance with common sense, ideas with action, and perhaps most importantly, leadership with tact and diplomacy. His accomplishments and credentials as a litigator, advocate, community activist, mentor and educator are truly impressive. I recommend him without reservation as AILA's next Secretary."

Margaret (Peggy) McCormick, Past National President of AILA And AILF - "David Leopold, a proven litigator on a broad range of immigration issues, is a founding creator and faculty member of the Litigation Institute, an interactive, participatory weekend workshop established by AILA and AILF to develop enhanced litigation capacity on immigration issues. David has been an outstanding leader in this enterprise and, by all accounts, the program has achieved remarkable results. David's time, energy and expertise have been key to its success. This is just one of many attributes that make David Leopold a strong candidate for AILA Secretary."

Jonathan Ginsburg - "David will provide the kind of leadership AILA needs, internally on the Executive Committee, and externally, with other interest groups and Congress. He has a diverse practice that touches most areas of immigration law and has first-hand knowledge of the daily problems with which we must deal. He is a seasoned litigator, who led establishment of AILA's litigation institute. And, he was instrumental in opening a dialogue with ICE that has led to a solid liaison relationship."

Steve Ladik, AILA Past National President - "David is an attorney with demonstrated leadership ability that is well-versed in every aspect of immigration law."

Robert Cohen, Ohio Chapter Chair - "David is a tireless grassroots advocate, he knows how to build coalitions to effectively press for legislative change. He is energetic, smart and is the right person to represent and lead AILA through the difficult challenges ahead."

William R. Rosner, Former Consular Officer, Ohio Chapter - "David Leopold is an expert litigator and trial tactician who always stands up for his clients, quite often against great odds. He is able to focus national and local media attention to highlight and right injustices for the benefit of all practitioners in our field. As Ohio Chapter Chair, David tirelessly expanded the duties of the office, and used innovative means to keep the membership informed. He has in-depth knowledge of consular practice and is a contributing author to "The Visa Processing Guide." David and I practiced immigration law together for nearly five years, and I know first-hand of his skills. As Secretary, he will be a great asset to our organization.

Please join me in making AILA the best it can be.

David Leopold

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