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Immigration Daily September 1, 2005
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PQ: The PERM Quarterly - Pre-Publication Discount To End

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Open Letter To Secretary Of Labor Chao
Rajiv S. Khanna writes "We believe the [August 8th 2005 PERM FAQs and its] policy reversal summarily discontinuing multiple filings of labor certifications is arbitrary, capricious, illegal, actionable, and manifestly unfair."


No Deference To IJ's Summary Affirmance Of Statutory Construction Of INA
In Lin v. US Department of Justic, Nos. 02-4611, 02-4629 (2nd Cir. Jul. 29, 2005), the court said that an IJ's summarily affirmed construction of the INA was not "promulgated in the exercise of" the Attorney General's authority. The court also said that a summarily affirmed IJ decision also could not be construed as a "rule" promulgated by the BIA on behalf of the Attorney General. The court added that "the fact that the BIA deemed an IJ's decision to be a "final agency determination" did not transform the IJ's legal construction into a BIA rule carrying the force of law."


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, has openings for experienced legal assistants in our San Francisco office. We are seeking individuals with 1-3 years law firm experience. Must be able to manage cases, work within strict timelines, have excellent customer service skills, and possess attention to detail. Email resume and cover letter to or fax to 415.217.4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Kapoor & Associates seeks paralegal/legal assistant for busy family- and employment-based immigration law firm located in Midtown Atlanta, GA; Duties include a little of everything, including preparation of immigration documents, case mgmt, and client liaison; Excellent opportunity to learn, grow and advance with expanding practice; Must have a college degree, and prefer someone with immigration experience; Must have excellent computer skills; Multi-linguals preferred. Competitive salary/benefits. Send resume with salary history to Romy Kapoor by e-mail:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
AIESEC is the world's premier international youth organization dedicated to increasing cultural understanding and cooperation through running an international work exchange program. AIESEC has an immediate opening for a visa program manager position based in New York City. The visa program manager is in charge of all aspects of Aiesec's Exchange Visitor Program (EVP+). The EVP+ program rapidly provides immigration attorneys and corporations with a fast, high quality J-1 sponsorship alternative, and is a key strategy helping to fuel the growth of our organization. He/she works with more than one hundred immigration attorneys and company HR representatives to sponsor individuals on the J-1 training visa. The manager reviews and sponsors hundreds of individual applications on J-1 training programs. start date: ASAP. Skills and Experience: customer relationship management skills and experience; must be a motivated self-starter, with excellent follow-through skills, who can work independently; exceptional communication, organization, and analytical abilities; legal or immigration industry background, experience and knowledge a plus. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Jim Kelly: No phone calls, please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Growing central New Jersey Law firm seeks aggressive, motivated, take-charge attorney for its immigration group. Successful candidate should have experience with deportation/removal cases and be familiar with business immigration, including H-1's and PERM. Must be able to work independently. Some clientele of your own is a plus but not required. Competitive salary and benefit package to right person. Apply in confidence by email to:

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.

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Siskind Susser, PC is pleased to announce that founding partner Greg Siskind was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006 edition, published by Woodward White. The Best Lawyers in America, a referral guide for the U.S. legal profession, is organized into 27 practice areas and recognizes attorneys in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The publication compiles its lists through a peer-review survey, which asks thousands of U.S. lawyers to confidentially evaluate the nominees.


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Dear Editor:
Why are complex civics questions required to be asked and answered in English? (8/30/05 comment). If the government wants immigrants to understand U.S. civics concepts, wouldn't it make more sense for them to learn them in their native languages? I teach a class to prepare individuals for this test and even with months of preparation, many of my students with low-level English don't fully comprehend some of the more involved concepts of U.S. civics. They may be able to answer questions correctly -- but for the most part it's only because they have memorized some key words. Because the current test combines the English test with the civics test, concepts of US history and government have been "dumbed down" to make them easier to understand. Applicants are adults and should be able to learn the civics information at an adult level, in their native language -- not at a 4th grade level, in a language many of them don't understand. The English test should be separate from the civics test, giving applicants a more in-depth study of civics. If it's considered important that an immigrant learn all about his new country's past and government, then this information should be neutral. There's an obvious slant toward unquestioning patriotism, and the historical events in which the US played a darker role are omitted. Why are applicants not required to know about the Vietnam War or the Cold War? Why are there no questions about the atrocities suffered by Native Americans? Some of the questions make me wonder, "who writes this stuff?" Like the question, "what is the most important right granted to U.S. citizens?" Most important according to whom? Isn't it a matter of opinion? Although the true answer is subjective, the "correct" answer can only be: "the right to vote."

Leah Winders
Chicago, IL

Dear Editor:
The naturalization test should be revised, not redesigned; it should be fair and not place undue burdens on immigrants; and the revision process should be open to input from adult educators, community organizations, and other stakeholders (see 8/30/05 ID comment).

Luvia Quinones
NAI Citizenship Specialist

Dear Editor:
Please let me know anything you may know about "the new H2R class" mentioned in the text of the following [excerpted] message we received from the U.S. Embassy H2B Unit in Guatemala City. The embassy did not respond to an inquiry and our contact at USCIS would not comment: "Finally, the Embassy is planning for the 2005/2006 H2B Annual Meeting. We are thinking of moving the dates this year, and would like companies' inputs as to when we could hold the conference to maximize company participation. We plan to make this year's conference much better than last year, with more information on visa fraud, the H2B Process, the new H2R class, H4 visas information, and current H2B trends ..."

Michael T. Glah, President
International Personnel Resources, Inc.

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