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Immigration Daily June 16, 2005
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Major Reform In This Congress

Several different versions of immigration reform legislation are in Congress emphasizing increased enforcement and/or temporary benefits and/or permanent benefits:

  • House Republicans have promised an enforcement bill (both interior and border) including targeting employers
  • Senate Republicans have the Cornyn-Kyl bill with temporary benefits + enforcement
  • The McCain-Kennedy bill, widely supported by Democrats, comprised of permanent benefits + temporary benefits + enforcement
Based on this wide spectrum of immigration bills on the Hill and the fact that President Bush is reportedly, though contradictorily, supporting all three approaches, it is very likely that something will pass in the nature of major immigration reform legislation in this Congress. It is likely that regardless of House Republicans' wishes, significant benefits will be part of immigration reform - post-REAL ID, Senate Republicans are wise to House Republicans' tactics and will likely attach AgJobs and/or DREAM and/or other benefits provisions to any must-pass Senate bills going to conference with House bills with enforcement provisions. One way or another the coming 12 months will likely see a fundamental reform in immigration law and policy.

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


Focus

900 Pages + CD-ROM: Shipping Now!

THE PERM BOOK has over Nine Hundred Pages plus a CD-ROM! Prepared under the direction of Editor Joel Stewart, this book is now being shipped with the latest, up-to-the-minute updates on PERM! In addition to articles by leading labor certification practitioners, the book also includes essential reference materials on PERM. A partial table of contents follows:

Table of Contents Part 4: Essential Reference Materials

  • The PERM Rule
  • ETA Form 9089, Application For Permanent Employment Certification
  • The "Current Regulation" as defined in the PERM Rule
  • State Workforce Agency (SWA) Prevailing Wage Forms
  • General Administration Letter 2-98
  • Prevailing Wage Determination Policy Guidance For Nonagricultural Immigration Programs
  • Job Orders Under Employment Service Regulations
  • DOL Information: Addresses And Jurisdictions
  • Professional Recruitment Occupations From Appendix A Arranged In Alphabetical Order
  • Full SOC Definitions For Occupations Surveyed By OES In SOC Code Order
  • Stratifying Occupational Units by Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) By The National Center For O*NET Development Employment Security Commission
  • Background On Development of Appendix A for Professional Recruitment Occupations From Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Vol 39, No. 4
  • 29 CFR 18 - Hearing Procedure For BALCA
  • Federal Litigation Resource: The Lawyer's Guide To 212(a)(5)(A): Labor Certification From 1952 To PERM By Gary Endelman
Table of Contents Part 5: CD-ROM Reference Materials (100+ megabytes and 1,400+ files)
  • The PERM Rule
  • State Workforce Agency (SWA) Prevailing Wage Forms
  • 2005 OES Wage data
  • Links to SWA job order web sites
  • Professional Recruitment Occupations From Appendix A arranged in alphabetical order
  • Full SOC Definitions for occupations surveyed by OES In SOC Code Order
  • The North America Industry Classification System (NAICS)
  • Active GALs in labor certification cases
  • Occupational Projections and Training Data 2004-2005 Edition

For more info, please see http://www.ilw.com/books/THE PERMBOOK.shtm. All orders are shipped within 24 hours!

For practitioners with a serious stake in labor certification, ILW.COM has organized "The PERM Workshop" in Salt Lake City: June 22, 2005 - 9 am to 5 pm. A detailed curriculum and moderators/speakers were delayed to ensure the most relevant content would be presented to attendees of this Workshop, these will be announced this week. This Workshop offers an immersive experience in PERM related matters, with ample time given to back-and-forth discussion with the presenters. The seating is LIMITED to the first 50 registrants. The deadline to sign up is Monday, June 20th. For more info, please see http://www.ilw.com/workshops/june2005.shtm

Practitioners can stay on top of PERM issues through the end of 2005 and beyond by subscribing to PQ: The PERM Quarterly at the unbeatable low price of $99 per year! For more info, please see http://www.ilw.com/books/PQ.shtm.


Article

Consular Processing Today: Visa Procedures, Security Clearances, And Waivers
Jan Pederson, et al. provide materials for this recent ILW.COM seminar.


News

DOL Backlog Cases Information Compiled
The DOL released information on backlog cases including FAQs and guidance to SWAs on shipping to the backlog processing centers, we present both documents combined since this compiled document offers a single source of DOL's most current pronouncements on all issues affecting over 300,000 backlog cases.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York-based Immigration Law Firm with heavy entertainment based practice seeking paralegal experienced in Non-immigrant visa matters including O & P Visas, H & L Visas. Minimum 3 years experience required. High-pressure position with great potential for the right individual. Submit your resume to Jeffrey Gabel by email at: Jgabel@law-immigration.com or by fax: 212-695-3008.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC), CIS, DHS, is seeking an experienced attorney with demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD) in Washington, D.C. Each attorney will serve as an advisor to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws. The ALD handles legal matters related to all aspects of immigration benefits. ALD attorneys review regulations, policy memoranda, and field guidance for legal sufficiency. ALD attorneys also provide litigation support to the Department of Justice in federal lawsuits involving USCIS regulations, adjudications, practices, and/or policies. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years of post-J.D. experience. They must submit a cover letter that demonstrates the specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them for the position. Deadline: Applications must be received by the closing date/time of 5:00 pm Eastern Time on July 5, 2005. Applicants also must submit: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position (2) A current resume (3) Two writing samples. Submit to Ian Hinds, Deputy Chief of the Adjudications Law Division at Ian.Hinds@dhs.gov. For complete information, see this attachment.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown NYC-based immigration law firm has opening for business paralegal. Firm forms strategic partnerships with corporate clients providing outstanding counsel in the areas of complex H-1B visa matters, PERM based permanent residency cases, as well as investor, intracompany transferee, extraordinary ability and national interest waiver petitions. Clients range from small to medium sized companies, as well as individuals, and the firm offers counsel in English, Japanese, Hindi, Gujarati, Nepali, and Croatian. We are currently searching for a business immigration paralegal, with responsibilities including preparation of: business immigration visa petitions, labor certification applications and permanent residency applications. This position will also handle daily tasks associated with the practice. Candidates must clearly understand immigration process; must be detail oriented and have excellent writing skills. Candidates must be able to work well in a document intensive environment. 2+ years minimum employment-based immigration experience and bachelor's degree required. Paralegal certificate preferred. We are an equal opportunity employer. Send resume to: immjobsnow@hotmail.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Law Offices of Ron Katiraei, an expanding immigration law firm with a focus on employment based visas, is accepting applications for a paralegal with minimum of 5 years experience in handling and preparation of employment-based visa-petitions such as L-1, H-1B, O-1, E-1-2, TN and other corporate-employment based visas. Full-time position is based in Jackson Heights, NY. We require excellent interpersonal and writing skills as well as good knowledge of computer and case management system. Send your resume, cover letter + salary requirements in confidence to: katirlaw@aol.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Alcala Law Firm, PC a small international law firm in Salt Lake City, is seeking an experienced immigration paralegal to work directly with two immigration attorneys. Candidate must have at least five years of paralegal experience in immigration matters. Candidate must possess strong organizational, research, computer skills, and writing skills. Applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish, both spoken and written. An undergraduate degree is required. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package, outstanding work environment, and comprehensive support to enable our paralegal to assume significant responsibility, including contact with clients. Collegial, open office with a professional family atmosphere. Please cover letter and resume to: james@alcalaimmigration.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Jasinsky Immigration Law LLC seeks an experienced business immigration attorney for our Stamford, Connecticut office. Send cover letter and resume to Laura Jasinsky, laura@jasinsky.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Jasinsky Immigration Law LLC seeks an experienced business immigration paralegal for our Stamford, Connecticut office. Send cover letter and resume to Laura Jasinsky, laura@jasinsky.com.

Case Management Technology
With Immigration Case Management Tools from INSZoom, you can rest assured that you are working with the most secure, simple and strategic software and support services. This state-of-the art product helps US Immigration Law Firms to build efficiency, accuracy and transparency in their immigration operations through a single comprehensive software. Besides 600+ Forms and Case Management, many advanced functionalities like Online Questionnaires, eFiling, eTracking, Knowledgebase, Group Calendaring, Accounting, Prospect Management, Document Expiration Ticklers & Management Reports, etc. are part of this one all-encompassing tool. Your clients may update their profile information, check case status, manage compliancy, and generate numerous reports..all via a secure online system. INSZoom's superior technology is backed by a friendly, responsive and multi-lingual training & customer support team; which will modulate the training program and handhold your team members to maximize the benefits from INSZoom. We will ensure that our technology works for you…everytime. INSZoom is available in 2 versions: Install in your own office or host on INSZoom secure servers. Contact us for a free guided tour today at 925-244-0600 or info@inszoom.com.


comingsNgoings

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

Submit Your Announcement
comingsNgoings was launched last year. So far, we have received announcements for the following: New Position, Honors And Awards, Mergers & Acquisitions, New Office Address, New Appointment, New Associate, New Attorney, New Partner. If you have a professional announcement (not limited to the above), that you wish to share with the Immigration Daily community, send your professional announcement to: editor@ilw.com. comingsNgoings announcements is a free service.


Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
Mr. Ranger letter's anti-immigrant sentiment (6/09/05 ID) appears to stem from fear about competition. Look back at US history regarding immigration policies. What about genocide, land grabbing and annexation of native American lands by the immigrants at that time, what about racism, apartheid, discrimination to some fellow immigrants just because they didn't look like the previous immigrants. It was immigrants not native American Indians who created US immigration laws. It's really naive to equate all immigrants as terrorist wannabees, because most of immigrants are actually the victims of terrorism, persecution and ignorant governments that don't care about their welfare, human rights and safety. Please remember that our immigrant ancestors once were foreigners too, wouldn't anyone be outraged if somebody called them as terrorists just because their ancestors wanted to find better life, opportunity, liberty and prosperity here? If we don't want foreigners coming to the USA, it's simple. We must fight for global equal justice, prosperity and opportunity for everybody. Free market, trade and movement for everybody are the answer. I can't blame poor Mexicans coming to this country for better life and jobs. If I were in their position, I would do exactly the same thing and so would anyone else.

Richard Sugiharto

Dear Editor:
In response to MS's letter (6/15/05 ID), my comments (6/09/05 ID), except where noted, applied to both illegal and legal entry. The comment that, "...no one is recommending illegal immigration regardless of the capacity to accommodate it", is not only untrue, it would be irrelevant, if it were true since illegal entry is a present reality. The confusion seems to be in MS's letter where there is a contradiction in recommending legal and illegal entry with the comment that, "...since the indirect effects of cheap illegal labor in farms feed the nation, and exist in restaurants, hospitals and other service organizations all over the US. Clearly, for legal immigrants the benign effects are indisputable." I had already agreed with the conclusion in MS's letter that there were some benign effects, but that the overall characterization of excessive legal and any illegal immigration as benign is erroneous and can only be described as chaotic, when all factors are considered. Extremely limited and selective immigration with no illegal entry may be benign, but that's not what we have. We now need a moratorium, due to past excesses. This same error or mis-characterization is continued with the "free trade" comment. The NAFTA, CAFTA and similar misleading acronyms are not "free trade", but managed trade for the benefit of multi-nationals, which results in mal-effects to workers and sovereignty. How did we ever become an economic powerhouse without such agreements, using only normal trade with some limited and selective tariffs? It is not the "competitive edge" that the US is likely to lose with such policies, it is our sovereignty and leading economic role in the world if we allow ourselves to be taken in by the self-serving globalists who would exchange America, our standard of living and culture for increased profits and control on their planned global plantation.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
After hearing news of American citizens taking action for protecting our boarder from illegal immigrants I decided to get active. After searching the Internet for sites that support the popular feeling that immigration is destroying our society and environment, I accidentally pulled up ILW.COM. I discovered that there is in fact a silent 'pro-business' group who secretly believe that more immigration from poor and Third World nations will keep job wages low and the workplace competitive but thankfully this is just a minority. As an American I certainly believe in freedom of speech and freedom of opinion but I have to put my foot down when I see how the majority of Hispanic immigrants act in our society and abuse our system. I could cite a long list of issues many Americans have with today's immigrants - especially illegal ones from Spanish speaking countries - but I am sure you are already familiar with both sides of the issue. Other than a lawyer being able to profit from processing these immigrants into our country I fail to see what there is to gain by standing up for outsiders - many of whom have no respect for our culture and language. I would like to hear from someone who might cause me to think otherwise as I do in fact care about people. I don't want to see my country populated by self serving and seemingly uncaring people who will only cause division and hate to prolifetrate in a time when it is imperative for us to stand united as one nation so we can compete in a growing global economy. Look forward to hearing any comments Immigration Daily readers may have that may possibly enlighten me about illegal immigrants and their plight.

Charles Roland


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