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Immigration Daily June 17, 2005
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Salt Lake City

We will be attending AILA's 2005 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City next week. If you plan to attend, we invite you to stop by our booth (#710) where copies of the 2005-2006 editions of:

  • THE PERM BOOK by Joel Stewart
  • Patel's Immigration Law Library by PJ Patel
  • Immigration Practice by Robert C. Divine and R. Blake Chisam
will be available for you to browse. At our booth, we will host "Meet The Authors", where you can personally meet with distinguished scholars Joel Stewart, P.J. Patel, and R. Blake Chisam. For more information about the books, see here. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City.

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

Immigration Law Firms Outsourcing Back Office Processes: A Case Study
James C. Nolan, Esq. and Roshni Khattar, Esq. provide a case study for immigration law firms outsourcing back office processes.


News

DOL Prevailing Wage Memos Compiled
The DOL released information about the step-by-step method SWAs should use in calculating prevailing wage and later amended that method significantly. We present both documents combined since this compiled document offers a single source of DOL's most current pronouncements on all issues related to PERM prevailing wages.

DOS Announces Extension Of Temporary Visas For Chinese Nationals
The Department of State announced that beginning June 20, 2005, eligible Chinese nationals who wish to study in the United States temporarily as students (F-1), exchange visitors (J-1), or to undertake vocational training (M1) will be issued visas that are valid for 12 months and multiple entries.


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.

Credential Evaluation Service
Are you receiving poor customer service with your current credential evaluation service? Do you have a question regarding a foreign diploma? Do you need a work experience or 'expert opinion' position evaluation? The staff of AETS prides itself on courteous service and expertise in the field of foreign credential evaluations. To learn more, contact us at 786-276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email info@aetsinternational.com.


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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:
When are people going to weak up and see the benefits of these people doing work that others will not do? It is time for reform to bring these people out of the dark. Lets get it done.

Harry Lee

Dear Editor:
I support open immigration but not giving a free handout to anyone: foreigners, US citizen or legal resident welfare seekers included. Mexicans or any foreigners coming to this country expecting free education, health care, food stamps etc. should be deported immediately. Immigration should benefit USA in all aspects. There should be no quota on immigrant visas but they must show merit to qualify to immigrate here like education, skills, english proficiency, moral characters and money that they will bring, spend and invest here. I support the English language as the only US official language to save taxpayers' money by not printing signs and public paperworks in many languages to accomodate immigrants' need and to encourage unity of the unity of pluralistic Americans. US citizens and residents should be free to sponsor their parents, siblings, minor children and spouses but they must prove that they are financially independent and secure, have good credit history and not on welfare. They must be responsible to guarantee all of their immigrant relatives' expenses upto 3 years minimum if their relatives can't support themselves. We must have a flexible guest workers program, so when our economy is growing and we need immediate temporary labors we can't find labors when no Americans are filling those jobs quickly and legally. All foreigners on guest worker program can only be US permanent resident by earning it after several come and go cycles, paying taxes, no criminal acts and showing strong ties to the USA like having US property, doing business in USA, good credit history, US citizen kids' etc. We must end all welfare state programs. It's fair for everybody especially hardworking tax payers.

Richard Sugiharto

Dear Editor:
I am 81 yrs. old and a representative for various companies using H2b labor from Mexico. For 32 years, I have processed petitions and I have experienced many changes. In my interviews with prospective applicants I have worked out a reasonably good approach to getting a truthful answer to the question of illegal entry. It is difficult to explain to those wishing to finally enter the U.S. with a work visa how important it is to answer the question about previous entries. I know many representatives seldom press for an honest answer. The bottom line leads to a suspension of 1-10+ years before an applicant can apply again. I had one person that probably wins the lead in this department. His slip came back with a handwritten notation by the examining officer: do not apply until you reach age 90. He was about 40 years old. DHS officers are definitely not the only adjudicators today with the "culture of no" deeply embedded in their decisions (see Paparelli's letter to Ombudsman Khatri (1/24/04 ID)). I have spoken to many people about their entry refusals. They usually smile and say don't worry about it, I'll be there before those with the visas get there. I know for a fact that many of these people enter the country again illegally. We cannot control illegal entry to this country unless we convince the consular officials, as quoted in Paparelli's open letter, that most applicants who seek legal entry are "honest, hard-working people, not interested in fraud or obtaining any benefit for which they cannot qualify". Why should previous illegal entries, when no serious crimes has been committed and departure has been voluntary, be denied? I've had many occasions when consular officers have approved entry knowing people had entered illegally on previous occasions.

"Banana Bob" Mann

Dear Editor:
There are a lot aliens who have reformed their lives yet were guilty of crimes involving drugs, etc. Why can't the law change that if these crimes occurred 20 years ago or 15 years ago, that there is a form of relief. Small drug crimes, non-violent felonies, et al should be considered in the new policy changes?

Francisco J. Aldana

Dear Editor:
The last time Congress and the White House passed border enforcement after the death count started more enforcement and CAFTA will add more to the body count. We make the mess and then let people we hurt die and we call us the civilized country, give me a break. How many votes is a life worth today?

Paz Jc


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