ILW.COM's PERM Workshop in Salt Lake City will be at the Marriott downtown from 8:30am - 5pm on Wednesday, June 22nd. The speakers for the workshop are: Tammy Fox-Isicoff, H. Ronald Klasko, Jake Lipman, Julie Pearl, Sam Udani, and Nathan Waxman. The discussion will be led by Joel Stewart. There will be four panels of 90 minutes each plus a presentation during the luncheon. Registration will still be possible through ILW.COM's website for a short time (http://www.ilw.com/workshops/june2005.shtm). On-site registrations may be open at 8:30am on Wednesday, depending upon availability. Currently, only 7 seats are available, since total registration is limited to 50 registrants.
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2005-2006 Editions Now Available For Patel's Immigration Law Library And
Immigration Practice By Robert C. Divine And R. Blake Chisam
The 2005-2006 editions of these scholarly reference works are now available
with extensive improvements and changes. For more info, please see:
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Terminating Conditional Residence: What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?
Charles Wheeler writes "Conditional residents are a strange hybrid: in one sense they possess all the rights and benefits of other lawful permanent residents (LPRs), but in another sense they must deal with additional hurdles thrown in their path."
CRS Report On US Border Patrol
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on the role of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
International Faculty Advisor (IFA) will facilitate hiring and retention of UVA int'l faculty and staff - this is a FT, twelve-month position in Charlottesville, VA. Must have: Master's degree with previous experience in immigration law, or J.D. with some int'l background. Demonstrated experience working in cross-cultural context, awareness of cultural contrasts and linguistic difficulties. Multi-task and meet critical deadlines. Attention to detail. Work under pressure with high level of discretion. Exceptional analytical, interpersonal and oral and written communication skills with ability to negotiate among competing and conflicting interests. Work both independently and cooperatively as part of team. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Preferred skills: Experience advising and counseling others on immigration matters. Full knowledge of 8CFR & 20CFR as they affect H-1B, O-1, TN and future permanent resident employees. Duties: advise prospective and current int'l employees on immigration matters; train and consult staff members who hire foreign nationals; review non-immigrant applications and file H-1B, O-1 and TNs; prepare non-immigrant cases (Form I-129) including securing: prevailing wage determinations, certified Labor Condition Applications from DOL; and immigrant cases (I-140). Review begins 7/1/05 until position is filled. Candidates should apply, indicating position #FP612, and including with their cover letter, a complete statement of qualifications, full resume of education and relevant experiences, names of (5) references with current tel # + email address, in confidence to Carolyn Laquatra at: CL4A@Virginia.edu.
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:
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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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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David Lunas, Esq. is pleased to announce the opening of the law firm of Lunas & Rampton, Attorneys at Law,
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David Murray in his letters (6/20/05 ID) has repeatedly claimed that people in countries such as India
and China "routinely do not honor confidentiality, privacy, copyrights, trademarks, etc". This is in light of the most recent confidentiality breach at Mastercard which could expose more than 40 million cards of all brands to fraud, where Mastercard attributes the breach to Tucson-based CardSystems Solutions Inc., as in Tucson Arizon, USA.
In reference to Mr. Murray's letter (6/20/05 ID) about outsourcing to countries like India and China... He cites, among other things, that attorney-client information like birth information, social security numbers..., company information, etc. may be compromised. This information is already sent to third world countries. Check with most of the major credit card companies and a lot of the major businesses and you'll find out that their departments that deal with highly confidential stuff is already being processed in India and other countries. If you don't believe this, try calling one of the major credit card company's customer service department after hours. And, have you noticed that there are increasing numbers of foreign attorneys asking how they can obtain a license to practice here?
I read with interest the outsourcing article by James C. Nolan, Esq. and Roshni Khattar, Esq. (6/20/05 ID). As a client, I would be uncomfortable with a lawyer that claims: By outsourcing, "I can focus on getting new cases without working about hiring and training people" - a client would put literally his/her life at risk by going to somebody with little or no training, even if that somebody is a paralegal? People's lives are often at stakes. The work of a paralegal is crucial and immigration lawyers (should) know this. I had tons of papers to be filled out first by a paralegal and then reviewed by the lawyer. When the paralegal could not fulfill his role properly, it become an impossible exercise, frustrating for everyone. Were I a paralegal, I'd feel very demoralized to hear that I'm viewed as a paper filling robot and my job can go to India to people with no training and in such a culturally different environment than in the US. It's sad to hear that a lawyer would rather focus on getting new business rather than doing good quality work. While the former is important, it's the reputation that you build and the quality of your work you do that generates a solid and healthy business in the long run. How would an outsourced "paralegal" fill an H1B application, those boxes that deal with experience, salary and duties? Who would be on the client's side to ask about his/her possible long-term green card goals? Details here do matter. If I had to review this as a client, do I e-mail the contractor or the lawyer? Clients would abandon and go elsewhere, confessing to their community about a business that became too much of a flow-chart and too little legal help.
Delia  Ed. changed 6/21/05
Thanks for the advance fee fraud perpetrated by Nigerians information (see 6/10/05 ID comment). I am a Trinidian National residing and working in Nigeria as a volunteer missionary. I was once a victim back in the mid-nineties where I lost a large sum of money. How can a person like myself with sound western education fall prey to such foolish ideas? I recovered, but still feel the reveberation today. I feel foolish to be a victim to such a deal, at the same time, I am greedy to reep what I didn't sow. It's unfortunate that most victims are equally greedy. I got several letters from resettlement agencies in Canada/US with no tel#'s; only fax and e-mails and promises of resettlement with work in Canada, advising me to get minimum of five people in my group before US and Canadian visas will be issued to me. I was told to pay $250 for each applicant in my group, and to remit money to somebody in Gambia, another in Senegal, only through Western Union. I demanded to transfer the money through a bank transfer which they declined. I was willing to send money to their US or Canada offices, but they also declined. No telephone numbers, only e-mail. Other organisations abound in US/Canada, claiming they are religious or youth orgs. etc, conducting seminars in US/Canada, that should reserve hotel accomodations in an African country, pay for the reservations. Such organisation are based in US/Canada with information clearly displayed. I have sent some documents to Interpol, they have chosen to ignore, despite many complaints. If advocates who are against such evil practices cndone this practice, who's to be blamed? Be careful, look for a proper way to do business or invest through the normal channels.
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