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Immigration Daily September 13, 2005
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PERM Attorney/Paralegal Ratio

Law firms (of all sizes) handling PERM cases will likely need to adjust their staffing ratios to adapt to PERM reality. PERM's increased complexity will require more attorney person hours and less paralegal person hours per PERM case. Larger firms will have the luxury to hire more attorneys and reduce their PERM suppport staff. For smaller law firms it will be much trickier, perhaps requiring shifting more of the PERM workload to attorneys, while allocating paralegals' time to other tasks. The effects of PERM will be felt beyond just the labor cert process and will extend to law firm management issues.

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Deadline Is Tuesday, September 13th

Tuesday, September 13th is the deadline for the phone seminar on the effects of criminal conduct and contact with the criminal justice system on immigration status. The curriculum is as follows:

What with the REAL ID Act expanding the grounds of removability and weakening the ability to obtain relief, ever more sophisticated and sensitive databases coming on line, and increases in fraud detection and prevention fees, we can expect that the need to understand the effects of contact with the criminal justice system, as well as the means by which we can try to mitigate the effects of those contacts, will only grow. This session will address the implications of criminal conduct on immigration status. It will focus on the following:

  • The definition of the term "conviction" under the immigration laws
  • Avoiding convictions
  • Structuring plea agreements
  • Consulting with criminal attorneys
  • What to do when a conviction is unavoidable
  • Detention issues
  • Understanding criminal databases
  • Will the REAL ID Act's driver license provisions increase the number of "criminal aliens" placed in removal proceedings
  • Addressing criminal issues in USCIS petitions and applications
  • Handling inspections at ports of entry
  • Finding relief from the consequences of criminal conduct
  • Jurisdictional obstacles to challenging removal orders based on criminal convictions or conduct
  • Post-order issues
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 13th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Significance Of Letters
Cyrus Mehta asks "Do letters written by USCIS employees to attorneys or members of the public constitute official policy?"


USCIS Issues Updated Katrina FAQs
The USCIS issued FAQs on USCIS operations issues related to Hurricane Katrina.

USCIS Issues El Salvadoran TPS Release
The USCIS issued information on the El Salvadoran temporary protected status re-registration and the issuance of employment authorization documents.

Update On New Orleans Passport Agency
The Department of State issued an update on the New Orleans Passport Agency.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Office of Robert B. Jobe is a nationally-recognized immigration law firm that focuses on asylum and deportation defense. We represent refugees from all over the world seeking safe-haven in the US. Our eight attorneys are supported by a staff of 12 who work in a pleasant and fast-paced environment in downtown San Francisco. The ideal candidate: is a member, in good standing, of the Bar of any state; has some immigration law experience; has a passionate commitment to immigrants' rights and social justice; has excellent research and writing skills, strong academic credentials, and an interest in public speaking; ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks; ideally is fluent or proficient in a second language. We offer competitive salaries, medical benefits, a 401(k) plan, and free soda and coffee. To apply, follow these instructions: E-mail cover letter, resume, + writing sample to Your writing sample can be any recent work that demonstrates your writing ability. All attachments should be in Text, PDF, WordPerfect or MS Word format. Please be prepared to provide references. Thank you for not calling our office. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted to attend a job interview.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail-oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. We offer a competitive compensation package and congenial office atmosphere. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast-paced leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 2+ years of business immigration experience handling full range of nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Paralegal sought for small, full-service Philadelphia immigration firm with family-friendly atmosphere. Competency in Spanish required. Experience preferred but not necessary. We will train. Competitive salary + full benefits package, including: 100% employer-paid health insurance and 401K plan. Send resume to Thomas Griffin:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Leading New York City law firm, requires intelligent and creative associate to focus on business immigration matters, as well as handle family immigration, consular and citizenship matters. The ideal candidate would have up to two years of relevant immigration experience, be admitted to the NY bar, function as a team player in a fast-paced environment and be willing to take charge of complex and diverse cases. The qualified individual must also be self-motivated, possess excellent writing skills and have a passion for immigration law. Outstanding opportunity for an attorney to grow in an expanding and interesting practice. The salary is commensurate with experience and we also offer an excellent benefits package. Apply in confidence to:

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.

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruitment
Computerworld is the best no-hassle solution for meeting PERM requirements. Place your 2nd IT recruitment ad in print in the IT Careers section, or online at If you choose to use both methods, you will receive 50% off the online job posting rate. In addition, our staff will tend to your needs from ad layout and design to immediately sending tear sheets once the ad is published. Call today to place your labor certification ad in print and online. Call 1-800-762-2977 or email your ad to


Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email:

Katrina Fundraiser
Lawyers For Hurricane Relief. September 12, 2005, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Suggested donations: $25, $50, $100 or any amount your heart tells you. Location: at the home of John & Brigid Klamann, 10 Dunford Circle (off Ward Parkway), Kansas City, Missouri 64112. Please RSVP to Mira Mdivani at 913.317.6200. A joint fundraiser by Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City, Asian American Bar Association of Greater Kansas City, Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City. Sponsored by: Klamann & Hubbard, The Mdivani Law Firm,, Fresh Fish Creative.


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

Dear Editor:
I'll offer my own poetic response to Bill Dahl's verse about Amnesty (9/12/05 ID).

Open your doors America, to all that shall come,
Open your doors to the good and the bum,
Let them all in, though they break the law,
But give them all Amnesty? That sticks in my craw.

When will they learn, these lawbreakers so bold,
That America's freedoms are not readily sold,
And earning the right to America's treasures,
Derives not from deceptive measures.

So listen well, bleeding hearts of the world,
Know that before Old Glory was first to unfold,
That the rights of a country as great as our own,
Were earned by the patriots, not by gift alone.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I do think that the hurricane is obviously a terrible thing and has effected the documented and undocumented people of many nations; however, to give the undocumented people a job and allow them to have temporary protected status is amazing (09/08/05 ID comment). That is all that I am going to say about that.


Dear Editor:
Why would anybody with any sense at all want to deport undocumented workers after Katrina? (09/08/05 ID comment). It's going to take hundreds of thousands of them to rebuild New Orleans not to mention the rest of the Gulf Coast.

Dave Anderson
Gainesville, GA

Dear Editor:
Many thanks for publishing the article by Ewing and Johnson about the Asylum Corps (09/07/05 ID article). It's nice to know that someone out there is on our side and appreciates the complexities of our adjudications and is aware of the pace and pressure we are under.

Ralf Topoli

Dear Editor:
Name Not Supplied's letter (/8/29/05 ID) is confusing results with cause. Americans don't go into math and the sciences because the opportunity cost is too great - a National Science Foundation study shows that foreign graduate students are more heavily subsidized than Americans. Americans are expected to go into debt from student loans or otherwise provide their own funding, presumably because they or their spouse are able to work off campus without restriction. "In striking contrast, US sources are the primary funding support of 80 percent of all foreign doctoral S& E students." I was in the statistics department 6 years ago at a major research university while on sabbatical. The graduate students in math and statistics were worrying about their job prospects in the field, and were being told to go into other areas such as business rather than the pure sciences or academia because the jobs weren't there. NNS's letter contradicts his own argument. Where did his company find 27 USC applicants to interview if Americans aren't going into math and science? Companies are able to set their employment requirements so narrowly that, as one friend of mine put it, "they can ask for a three-toed Hottentot who speaks French, and get it".

Ali Alexander

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