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Immigration Daily August 19, 2005
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PERM: An Up To The Minute Course - Deadline Is Tuesday, August 23rd

ILW.COM is please to announce "PERM: An Up To The Minute Course", a 3-part telephonic seminar on the latest developments in PERM. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Aug 25: Backlog Update; Recent changes in PERM: regulations, memos, FAQ's; Comparative practice update nationwide perspective; Problems with electronic filing; Review of Practice tools; Attorney/Agent/Preparer Issues

SECOND Phone Session on Sep 22: DOT/SOC Issues; Prevailing Wage; Minimum/Special/Restrictive Requirements; Specificity in Ads, Notice, Posting, Job Orders; Form 9089: Special Problems/Inconsistencies; Drafting PERM for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Preference Categories

THIRD Phone Session on Oct 13: Professionals: Additional recruitment requirements; Recruitment Procedures: Resumes, Interviews, Results; Issues likely to result in Audits; Supervised Recruitment/Denials/Refiling; Nuances from Balca; Review of Civil and Criminal Labor Certification Cases

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, August 23rd. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


The New Student FICA Exception Regulations
Paula Singer, Esq. explains the new IRS regulations interpreting the elements of the Student FICA exception effective on April 1, 2005.


CRS Report On Private Immigration Legislation
The Congressional Research Service provides an overview of the congressional subcommittee procedure and precedents concerning private immigration bills.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy (FDBL) seeks to hire an experienced paralegal for its Washington D.C. office. FDBL offers a career position requiring a wide range of skills in a fast-paced setting for the right candidate. Our ideal candidate has 3-5 years experience with all aspects of business immigration and will have the benefit of attorney supervision and guidance. Responsibilities include: preparation of all types of immigrant visa petitions, labor certifications, adjustment of status and consular processing applications, and preparation of all types of nonimmigrant visa petitions (particularly Hs, Ls, TNs, and Os). Paralegal will manage caseload with large degree of independence, communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues, update and maintain client status reports, prepare bills, and serve as a team resource. FDBL offers a comprehensive compensation package. Fax your resume and cover letter to Allison Bettridge, Human Resources/Office Manager, at 202-371-2898. For more information, please contact Ms. Bettridge at 202-223-5515. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Established immigration and real-estate boutique firm in Aventura, FL is looking for an immigration attorney. Must have minimum 2 yrs. business immigration experience including H, L, E visas, I-140's, labor certifications (PERM), RFEs. Bilingual (English-Spanish) is a must. Compensation commensurate with experience. Generous benefit package. EOE. Please send resume to Mark Katsman: No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez, a rapidly growing firm based in Sherman Oaks, CA, has immediate opportunity for an immigration attorney to join its team of two attorneys and staff. Position offers the opportunity to work on a wide range of cases. Attorney will represent clients before immigration officers and in immigration courts. Excellent legal research/writing and outstanding communication skills needed. Ideal candidate has 2 years of experience-exceptional, motivated candidates with less experience are also encouraged to apply. Candidate shows initiative and works independently. Must speak Spanish. Send cover letter, and resume to Roxana Muro: All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence and references will not be contacted without prior approval.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Banta Immigration Law, one of the country's premier boutique immigration firms located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding immigration attorneys for our growing practice. Position requires strong academic credentials; a minimum of two years experience in employment-based immigration; and excellent case management, communication, and writing skills. Candidates must be dedicated to providing exceptional client service, must be detail-oriented, possess superb analytical and organizational skills, and thrive in a fast-paced, high volume practice. We offer excellent pay, benefits, and growth potential, along with a great working environment. Experience with global immigration laws is a plus. Send resume and salary history to Kathy Zumbro: Please indicate position sought is for immigration attorney in subject line. No phone calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Banta Immigration Law, one of the country's premier boutique immigration firms located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding immigration paralegals for our growing practice. Position requires minimum two years experience in employment-based immigration; and excellent case management, communication, and writing skills. Candidates must be dedicated to providing exceptional client service, must be detail-oriented, possess superb organizational skills, and thrive in a fast-paced, high volume practice. We offer excellent pay and benefits, along with a great working environment. Send resume and salary history to Kathy Zumbro: Indicate position sought is for immigration paralegal in subject line. No phone calls please. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
AV rated Hollywood, Florida firm seeking an attorney with minimum 2 yrs experience in Immigration law (family and asylum). Must be proficient in English and Spanish (Arabic a plus). Salary commensurate with experience. Immediate opening. Email resume to or fax to 954-923-1990.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) is a professional organization dedicated to facilitating international movement of personnel and is headquartered in Washington, D.C. ACIP seeks a full-time program assistant to assist in the administration of our two J-1 exchange visitor programs and our legislative advocacy program. The program assistant will assist with administration of ACIP's two Exchange Visitor Programs in its Washington, D.C. office and assist the organization's Legislative Advocacy Program with immigration news releases in its weekly Alerts and Bulletins publications. Exchange Visitor Programs responsibilities include: responding to program inquiries; timely processing of program applications; document preparation; communication with program participants and US host employers; SEVIS compliance assurance; file maintenance; and miscellaneous administrative duties. Legislative Advocacy Program responsibilities include: reading immigration related news releases daily; pinpointing key issues in daily immigration news; ability to clearly and concisely convey those issues to our employer members in writing; and ability and willingness to work closely with an editor. Salary based on experience. Ideal candidate has: experience administering J visa exchange program; SEVIS knowledge; excellent communication skills; demonstrated commitment to customer service; ability to prioritize tasks, problem-solve and work independently. Strong writer desired, capable of reading numerous policy and law related news releases on a weekly basis, with ability to deduce key issues and produce quick turnaround. Familiarity with U.S. immigration law and policy is a plus. Any federal government, U.S. House or Senate background also a plus. Must be a USC or legal permanent resident to act as ARO (alternate responsible officer) for SEVIS program. Email resume in MS Word format, cover letter + salary req. to Darra Klein: by August 26, 2005. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Morley Surin & Griffin, an immigration law firm based in Philadelphia, PA seeks intelligent, hard-working experienced immigration paralegal for full-time position. At least 1-2 years experience required in all aspects of immigration law (business, family, court removal proceedings). Bilingual ability preferred but not required. Benefits (100% employee health insurance, employer-matching 401(k), etc.), vacation, personal days, etc. Salary commensurate with experience. Family-friendly and collegial atmosphere. Send resume to Elizabeth

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruiting
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Dear Editor:
I am an immigration attorney and certainly in favor of immigration law reform, and so I agree with the general theme of your opinion piece about the New Hampshire trespassing cases (8/18/05 ID comment). Despite my agreement with your overall position, I can not agree with the statement that "mass deportation would necessarily involve measures akin to Nazi Germany". The comparison you draw is improper and inaccurate in the extreme. Even if there were a sudden and massive surge in the already high number of deportations, until there were forced labor camps throughout the United States dedicated to the starvation, murder and torture of millions of people, your analogy would remain, as it is now, spectacularly off point and offensive. Immigration laws need careful thought and reform, but the current failings of the system fall far short of any reality that would equate the efforts of the DHS with those of the SS. Such a statement reflects poorly on your otherwise excellent writing.

Todd MacGregor, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Immigration Daily's insinuation that law enforcement at a state or federal level is anything close to Nazi Germany is not only inappropriate but wrong (8/18/05 ID comment). Undocumented aliens in the US are here in violation of the law. Jews and other ethnic minorities in Germany were obliterated by the millions on account of immutable characteristics, not because they were illegally present in Germany. Your hyperbolic language is not only inappropriate and insulting to Holocaust survivors and/or the families of persons who perished in the Holocaust but is counterproductive to much needed immigration reform.

Richard M. Wilner, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I take strong exception to the idea that mass deportation of law-breakers is a measure "akin to Nazi Germany" (8/18/05 ID comment). These illegal immigrants are breaking the law. We have laws that require documentation for entry. The "undocumented" have violated those laws. We also have laws that state that deportation is the penalty for such violations. These laws are not a surprise to illegal aliens - many of whom have entered and reentered several times illegally. It's time for the pro-immigration lobby to stop being apologists for the sins of the law-breakers. And it's also high time for Immigration Daily to tone down the "Nazi" rhetoric. Resorting to insults is a clear sign that your argument is weak.

Mark Smith
Hamilton, NJ

Dear Editor:
I am appalled that Immigration Daily would publish such a blatant exercise in software peddling under the guise of a serious article (Tools for PERM Case Management and List of Audit Triggers for Form 9089 by Julie Pearl) (8/18/05 ID). I look forward to reading Immigration Daily articles as a part of my daily routine. If I want someone to hustle their software program to me, I will look under the classifieds section. Please return to publishing serious articles on immigration and avoid the temptation to allow your forum to become another highway billboard.

Name Withheld Upon Request
San Francisco, CA

Dear Editor:
I would like to inquire whether Immigration Dailiy received advertising revenue from the Pearl Law Group or Immigration Tracker for the ten-page self-promoting "article" Ms. Pearl offered on PERM (8/18/05 ID). I do not expect to open an apparent professional article on a timely topic and find a commercial for a product therein. I believe Immigration Daily to be credible, advertising should be noted as such.

Dorrie L. Runman
Immigration Paralegal

Editor's Note: ILW.COM does not accept money to run articles in Immigration Daily. This has been our policy since inception and we have no intention of ever changing it. Our standards for acceptance for articles is whether the material would be of interest and/or assistance to immigration professionals.

Dear Editor:
Immigration Daily mentioned that nannies have been reclassified by the DOL as skilled workers (7/19/05 ID comment), when I checked the DOL website on child care workers 39-9011: child care workers it classifies them as Job Zone 2 which is SVP less than 6, unskilled. Could you direct me to other child care worker position that is skilled (Job Zone 3)?

Brano Hruz, Svetlana Schreiber & Associates, L.P.A.
Cleveland, OH

Editor's Note: Our comment referred to nannies which are SOC code 39-9011.01 for which the job zone is 3. Child care workers are SOC code 39-9011.00 for which the job zone is 2.

Dear Editor:
My husband is in federal prison for 64 months for illegal entry from Mexico. Why don't they just deport him and quit wasting the tax dollars? We would go to Mexico and live the rest of our lives. His aunt brought him here when he was a child but he never got his papers.

Paulett J.

Dear Editor:
I thought Immigration Daily readers might be interested in what happened yesterday to the former Chief of the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Ms. Patricia Raikes. The Department of Justice issued a press release announcing her guilty plea and the the U.S. District Court for Washington, DC's website provided her sentencing schedule, which was yesterday. I attended the sentencing. Pathetic. No jail time. Keeps her State Department pension. One year probation. Minor fine. Even excused from drug testing. And a Federal judge who said out loud-- I kid you not-- "Ms. Raikes, it's time you stop punishing yourself." He made some comments about trusting that this sends a message to other U.S. consular officers to not engage in illegal activity. This to a woman who took money to improperly issue visas to people in Beirut of all places. Why have tens of thousands of soldiers risking their lives in our "War On Terrorism", not to mention spending billions of dollars on "Homeland Security", when a person can sell visas at the front door and not even spend a day in jail. Disgusting.

Kenneth Rinzler, Esq.
Washington, DC

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