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Immigration Daily September 14, 2005
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Ashcroft Pro-Immigration

Attorney General Ashcroft spoke recently during a conference organized by the New America Foundation and said,

"We've got to try and find a way to welcome people and facilitate people who are bringing productivity and industry into the country, while at the same time we're careful about welcoming people who would bring devastation into the country."
Long considered a friend of anti-immigrationists, even Mr. Ashcroft can distinguish between the positive contributions of immigrants and the destruction that is brought upon by terrorists. Successful immigration reform requires large-scale legal avenues for immigration for hardworking immigrants while, at the same time, a tough anti-terrorist policy to thwart the few who wish to wreak havoc within our borders. Mr. Ashcroft unequivocally understands the positive contributions immigrants provide to our nation's economy. Anti-immigrationists, on the other hand, appear to be unable to distinguish between cooks, gardeners, and terrorists. Hard-core anti-immigrationists have little support amongst serious politicians including Mr. Ashcroft.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

PERM: An Up To The Minute Course

The September 22nd phone session of "PERM: An Up To The Minute Course" will cover the following topics:

  • 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

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 20th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/august2005.pdf.)


Article

US-VISIT Expands Technology At Certain Land Borders
David D. Murray, Esq. writes "The question is, as this technology, or its successor, progresses, can we expect both the scope of participants, and the range of the tracking, to increase exponentially?"


News

FEMA Information On Assistance For Undocumented Katrina Victims
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released information on assistance available for undocumented immigrants.

DOS Cable On Child Citizenship Act
The Department of State issued a cable on the Child Citizenship Act.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
In-house immigration attorney sought for Pittsburgh, PA based technology company as Director of Immigration Services. This individual will manage day-to-day work of paralegal staff, develop relationships with managers and liaison with subsidiaries and consulates, and participate in developing proactive immigration policy and procedure. Must have a minimum of three years of business immigration experience including H, L, B, PERM, I-9 compliance, and other related issues and be licensed to practice in PA. Interested candidates should email resume and references to permres@rapidigm.com or fax resumes to 412.494.0575.

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 HR@jobelaw.com. 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: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com. 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: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com. 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: griffin@msgimmigration.com.

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: resumes@cyrusmehta.com.

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 careers@usabal.com or fax to 415.217.4426.

Case Management Technology
With Immigration Case Management Tools from INSZoom, you can rest assured that you are working with the most secure, simple and strategic software and support services. This state-of-the art product helps US Immigration Law Firms to build efficiency, accuracy and transparency in their immigration operations through a single comprehensive software. Besides 600+ Forms and Case Management, many advanced functionalities like Online Questionnaires, eFiling, eTracking, Knowledgebase, Group Calendaring, Accounting, Prospect Management, Document Expiration Ticklers & Management Reports, etc. are part of this one all-encompassing tool. Your clients may update their profile information, check case status, manage compliancy, and generate numerous reports..all via a secure online system. INSZoom's superior technology is backed by a friendly, responsive and multi-lingual training & customer support team; which will modulate the training program and handhold your team members to maximize the benefits from INSZoom. We will ensure that our technology works for you…everytime. INSZoom is available in 2 versions: Install in your own office or host on INSZoom secure servers. Contact us for a free guided tour today at 925-244-0600 or info@inszoom.com.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

Special Offer For Katrina Victims
The AILA Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico Chapter 2005 Annual Fall Conference will be held November 3-5, 2005 in Dallas, TX. Early bird registration ends October 5, 2005. All AILA attorneys licensed in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi will be allowed to attend for free. We are doing this in support of our sister and brother colleagues at the bar who have been hurt by Hurricane Katrina. The chapter invites attorneys to contact them through the link to the AILA Texas Chapter on Infonet.


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:
In response to the PERM Attorney/Paralegal Ratio comment (09/13/05 ID), I believe that it is not a matter of whether it is a paralegal or an attorney who handles PERM cases. It is a matter of the person handling the case having a thorough understanding of PERM. Everyone assumes that PERM is extremely difficult only because that is what the government of CIS wants you to believe. If you have a potential client with great qualifications, i.e., you have a good case, at 99% you will win the case. You just need to make sure you close any gaps that may exist. PERM is all about tactics and how you want to proceed to win the case. I am a paralegal, and I am able to create a case from scratch and handed over for review since I am under supervision, and the case will continue with what I have submitted along with my suggestions to the point of the prevailing wage. Therefore, when someone says that staffing needs to be adjusted to adapt to PERM reality, I think that the reality is that there are very great paralegals that have extensive knowledge to support the legal duties, especially PERM. Immigration Daily's comment saying that we are unable to fulfill the tasks is insulting to paralegals.

Ricardo Brutus, Paralegal
Polatsek, Counsellors At Law

Dear Editor:
Thank you for what can only be described as the best chuckle all day (in reference to Immigration Daily's comment: PERM Attorney/Paralegal Ratio 09/13/05 ID). As an immigration paralegal for 6+ years, I find the notion that the "trickiness" of PERM is beyond my capability. I sincerely doubt that Immigration Daily expressed a desire to offend what can only be described as the backbone of the immigration process - the diligence of paralegals. As any foreign national will tell you, the constant contact, readiness, and attention of the paralegal assigned to their case is what made the filing happen.

Name Withheld Upon Request

Dear Editor:
Given the flack that the Bush Administration's taking on how Katrina has exposed the poverty in which many African Americans live and die, I wonder how the administration plans to push through an amnesty which would primarily benefit illegal Hispanic workers and the construction companies that employ them.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Mr. Alexander's letter (09/13/05 ID) reveals misunderstanding of the points outlined clearly in my previous letters (08/29/05 ID). It's amazing that having been inside a statistics department, his letter reflects misunderstanding of how funding works. I don't know one university that will offer to subsidize a foreign graduate student more than an American with the same qualifications. In undergraduate studies, sometimes foreign students are subsidized more than Americans, but this is to create diversity of experience and background, so again it cannot be considered the same qualifications. At graduate level, however, funding is entirely merit-based, and the fact that foreign students even receive scholarships once again proves my point that America does not produce sufficient numbers of Math and Science graduates. Regarding his statement, "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", this applies to all students in those departments, or does he claim that the foreign students were told to go out and look for academic jobs, but Americans were told not to do the same? His last statement is yet another example of not understanding my letter: "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?" That's exactly my point - they did not find qualified Americans, all 27 applicants were underqualified. They may have had some degree of relevant training, but not the required level. To avoid having to undergo sponsorship, this company was trying its hardest to avoid recruiting immigrants. However, certain positions require a minimum of graduate training and work experience, which none of these interviewees had.

Name Not Supplied


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