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Immigration Daily September 23, 2005
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Retrogression, The Real Numbers

The FY 2006 140,000 employment-based numbers will increase by 7,000 numbers (overflow from family immigration numbers per the existing statutory scheme). Another one-time 101,000 numbers will be recaptured from FY 1999-2004 and will also be added to FY 2006, bringing the total to 248,000. This may portend some dramatic improvement in the Visa Bulletin in the balance of FY 2006 but it may not be enough. Different solutions are being considered for meaningful relief. These include: reallocation of the diversity visa (55,000) numbers by eliminating the DV category, and recapturing erroneously counted employment numbers (rumored to be significant). Other solutions being considered are the issuance of advance parole and EAD eligibility to primary applicants and spouses applying for their I-140s and large permanent increases in permanent employment numbers through the Mc-Cain-Kennedy bill. This pressing problem will surely provide ample opportunity for creativity during this Congress.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues

We are pleased to announce "USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues" a 3-part telephone seminar on the current state of affairs in USCIS benefits processing. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Sep 29: Current issues at Texas Service Center, Current issues at Nebraska Service Center

SECOND Phone Session on Oct 20: Current issues at California Service Center, Current issues at Vermont Service Center

THIRD Phone Session on Nov 3: Current issues at National Benefits Center, Current issues at Administrative Appeals Office, Current issues at Office of CIS Ombudsman

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 28th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


A Contrarian View Of Legal Blogs
Joe Hartley writes "I haven't seen anyone address the question of how blogging fits into a law firm's business plan, which should measure why and how a law firm will make the considerable investment of time necessary to run a blog."


USCIS Announces Houston Field Office Closings
USCIS announced that due to the threat of Hurricane Rita, all field offices in Houston will be closed on Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Largest suburban Maryland law firm seeks detailed, organized legal secretary. 2+ years of immigration legal experience is required with knowledge of immigration procedures. Skills required: attention to detail, organizational, strong client relations, administrative, interpersonal, proofreading, computer proficiency, 70 words per minute typing, and dictaphone. Excellent benefits package. Send resume + salary requirements to: Ms. Maura Bowen, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., Rockville, MD. Fax (301) 230-2891 or email:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit that focuses its work on the civil and human rights of insular minorities. For more info, see: and The Center is accepting resumes for its EAF Attorney position. The salary is 36k, 45k (when medical/dental insurance coverage included). Applicants must possess the following: CA State Bar admittance, bilingual in Spanish and English, strong research and writing skills, Lexis training and experience, ability to multi-task. Applicants with immigration experience preferred and should have a strong demonstrated commitment to social justice. Duties relate to program's Equal Access Fund grant's scope of work with the rights of unaccompanied minors, trafficking victims, and legalization and LIFE Act applicants, and include: assistance in development and implementation of training programs, providing technical support to legal services groups, community-based organizations, and eligible clients; reviewing and responding to correspondence; assistance in the research and writing of policy analysis, articles, outreach materials, etc.; providing consultations and referrals to eligible clients seeking legal assistance; representing the Center at governmental and community-based meetings and conferences; coordinating with legal services groups and community-based organizations the preparation of special immigrant juvenile status visa applications. Email cover letter, resume, + list of (3) references to both Peter Schey, Executive Director and Carlos Holguin, General Counsel.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Successful downtown New York City-based immigration law firm seeks a talented immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate should possess 3+ years of corporate immigration experience. A 4-year college degree is preferred. Excellent organizational and computer skills are a must. Submit your resume and respond to this blind ad posting at:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature and responsible paralegal with a minimum of 2 years experience in both family and business immigration cases. Bachelor's degree and excellent writing skills are a must. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage). Please send resume and writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or email to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small, energetic, progressive law firm in Columbus, Ohio seeks attorney with 0-5 years experience to work immigration litigation practice area. Individual must be highly motivated and well-organized, as this is a dynamic and complex practice area. Position involves extensive client contact and regional travel, with excellent opportunities for growth. French, Spanish or other foreign language preferred. Competitive salary and fringe benefits. Please submit resume and salary requirements in confidence to This is a blind ad posting.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at this prominent global immigration law firm in Iselin, New Jersey. The ideal candidate must have 2 + years of exp. in business immigration, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree, MS Word and Windows 2000 required. The Firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. We are conveniently located minutes from the train station and are approximately a 40 minute train ride from Manhattan on NJ Transit. Submit resume, writing sample, + salary requirement to Alaina Shneiderovsky:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. seeks immigration paralegals for its Washington, DC (1) and its Nashville, Tennessee (1) offices. Both positions require a BA and 1-2 years of business immigration experience, including preparation of nonimmigrant petitions, labor certifications and immigrant petitions. Must have strong writing skills. Foreign language a plus, but not required. Qualified applicants should send cover letter, resume + writing sample to Betsy Taylor, Office Administrator by fax (202) 220-2235 or email to Please specify desired employment location. No phones calls please. EOE/M/F/H/D/V.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking experienced attorneys with a minimum of three years practicing business immigration law, for its Virginia and San Francisco Offices. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume environment, and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the ability to provide exceptional client service, experience managing teams of legal assistants, and superb analytical, and organizational skills required. We strive for excellence in legal practice in a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Please submit your resume via email to: or by fax to 415-217-4426.

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 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 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.

Labor Certification Advertising/Recruiting
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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New Offices
We are pleased to announce the opening of the Immigration Law Offices of Abe Marapao, Esq. at 133 N. Altadena Drive, Suite #400, Pasadena, California 91107. Mr. Marapao is admitted to practice in the State of California and the Philippines.


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:
Silent Sufferer's letter (9/22/2005 ID), the victim of the recent permanent resident visa retrogression, raises some pertinent questions about the visa quota system, and the entire procedural system of US immigration. Unfortunately, America is caught on the horns of a dilemma of law and procedural concepts that were formulated when our grandfathers were in charge. Our grandfathers believed immigration should be controlled, and set arbitrary numbers, embodied in a complex visa quota system, administered by the US Department of State. Those numbers have not changed in many years, although other immigration programs, like the amnesty program of 1986, and the increasing need for foreign workers to fulfill the needs of US employers, have substantially swelled the number of applicants. Labor certification, a program administered by the US Department of Labor, is the first step in the permanent residence process for most employment based applications, and a prerequisite to entering the immigration system through the filing an I-140 Petition for alien worker. At the time of filing the I-140, if no visa number is available under the visa quota system, no I-485 application for permanent residence can be concurrently filed. That is the law. Since not all labor certifications, and not all I-140's, are approved, visa quota fulfillment cannot, as Silent Sufferer's letter suggests, be set at the time of filing a labor certification. Until an I-140 is approved, there is no way of knowing if the alien qualifies for a permanent residence visa. Only after both of these prerequisite approvals, does the visa quota system rear it ugly head, regulating the number of aliens admissible for Permanent Residence each fiscal year. If you don't like it, write your Congressman and Senators, urging them to reform the entire system of legal immigration in the US.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I agree with David Murray's comments (09/22/05 ID) about Lamar Smith's confidential memo (09/21/05 ID comment). Why does Immigration Daily feel compelled to beat up on leaders who see illegal immigration as a problem in need of a solution? I don't get it. Illegal immigration is good business for some members of the bar - but at what cost to the larger society? There has to be a better way, for all of us, including for those who cross our borders without the legal right to do so in search of a decent life. And give Lamar Smith some credit. I began practicing immigration law in 1988. I saw where Lamar Smith was and I see where he is now. A different man? Hardly. But what a man writes in a confidential memo is more likely to reflect his true views. The memo suggests that he is a wiser man than he was. Perhaps marginally so. Let's give the man credit for taking steps toward reason. There is opportunity for dialogue with the right if we are willing take off the blinders of constant confrontation.

Bradford Flecke, Esq.
Phoenix, AZ

Dear Editor:
Pertaining to the processing times mentioned in the comment (09/22/05 ID), I have a pending I-485 application with the San Francisco Distric office on which no decision has been rendered more than 18 months after a personal interview. So, how does one interpret the Now Processing Dates, when mine has long gone by. Similarly, I have an I-765 with the Missouri office, also earlier than the Now Processing Date. I would like to know how to interpret this date list.

A reader

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