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Immigration Daily September 28, 2005
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Seminar Date Change

For only the second time in our history (and possibly never to be repeated), we have been convinced to re-schedule a seminar. We received the following email on "USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues"

Is there no way to reschedule the first seminar on this topic until next week? This information could potentially be very useful, but we will need every minute of the day on the 29th to complete critical filings to meet the September 30 deadline before visa numbers retrogress. In light of this deadline, we cannot ask our staff to devote an hour and a half to a teleseminar on that date ...I am certain that most other immigration practitioners will be facing the same dilemma, given the small window of time which was provided to all of us ...we have not a moment to spare. Thank you for taking this request into consideration. Kathryn Simpson Vidal, Tindall & Foster, P.C.

Accordingly, we have rescheduled the September 29th session to October 6, 2005. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, October 4th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/september2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/september2005.pdf.)

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


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Modernizing America's Welcome Mat: The Implementation Of US-VISIT
Jessica M. Vaughan writes "US-VISIT, the new biometrics-based border inspections program, has proven its value in enhancing U.S. security; so far enabling border and consular officials to intercept the entry of thousands of terrorists, criminals, and other ineligible foreign visitors."


News

Permanent Allegiance To US Does Not Make A US National
In Marquez-Almanzar v. INS, Nos. 03-4395(L), 03-40027(CON), 03-40497(CON) (2nd Cir. Aug. 8, 2005), the court said that 8 USC 1101(a)(22)(B) describes, rather than confers, US nationality and said that the term "non-citizen national" developed in a specific historical context and denotes a particular legal status, and further said that, the phrase "owes permanent allegiance" in 8 USC 1101(a)(22)(B) is a term of art.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Yum! Brands, Inc., the world's largest restaurant company comprised of A&W, KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell - seeks an I-9 Specialist. Primarily responsible for supervising the proper completion of I-9 Forms in the restaurants, inputting I-9 information into database and tracking expiration dates of work authorizations and visas. This position is based in Irvine, CA. Reviews all I-9 forms for compliance with federal law; inputs I-9 information into PeopleSoft and escalates any concerns to Legal Compliance Specialist. Acts as consultant to field managers regarding immigration related issues. Requirements: High school graduate, AA or Bachelor's Degree preferred; Must have Immigration experience; ability to manage multiple tasks effectively with minimal supervision; Proven customer service skills along with excellent communication skills; telephone skills must include the ability to understand and determine a resolution in a fast-paced environment; must be able to maintain confidentiality; team-oriented; ability to understand, interpret, and apply extensive laws and governmental regulations relating to immigration and employment; experience with Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and Internet navigation; Experience with PeopleSoft HR applications and HelpDesk tools; Bilingual is a plus. To learn more, including how to apply, see here: http://www.yumcareers.com/. (Job ID: I-9 Specialist, HR).

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, D.C. - Krupin O'Brien LLC seeks experienced paralegal to support immigration practice. We seek candidates with strong academic credentials and excellent communication skills. We are looking for an experienced immigration paralegal with the ability to prioritize, organize and communicate effectively, and has the flexibility to work overtime. Paralegal will work directly with lawyers and staff in a professional environment. Must be proficient in MS Office. Email resume and cover letter to Evie Baskin: evb@krupinobrien.com.

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: mbowen@srgpe.com.

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: www.legalizationusa.org and www.immigrantchildren.org. 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: immjobsnow@hotmail.com.

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 paulhaar@aol.com.

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 NLFResume@aol.com. 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: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

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 btaylor@bakerdonelson.com. 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: careers@usabal.com or by fax to 415-217-4426.

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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:
Regarding Immigration Daily's comments on retrogression (09/27/05 ID), is there a particular reason you did not contact Mr. Oppenheim? When Seton Stapleton did the number crunching at State he was accessible. Is Mr. Oppenheim not accessible?

Eugene J. Flynn, Esq.
Dallas, TX

Dear Editor:
I like that "Other solutions being considered are the issuance of advance parole and EAD eligibility to primary applicants and spouses applying for their I-140s" (see 09/23/05 ID comment). More importantly I hope and wish Congress can set a priority date based on the date since an employee is working on H1B rather than merely based on the date Labor was filed.

Rajeev Devarakonda

Dear Editor:
I read Mr Gary Endelman's article "The Day Of The Band-Aid Is Over: Visa Retrogression And Our Moment Of Truth" (09/21/05 ID). As someone who is severely impacted by the retrogression, I was wondering if anybody cared enough to write an article and more importantly ask relevant and therefore, hard questions. His article did that and more. I moved to the US on a H1 visa from India in 1999. I have a Bachelors in Electronics and an MBA as well. I work in the areas of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. Among other benefits, my work aids businesses in making informed operational, tactical, and strategic decisions. With this retrogression, it is going be several years before USCIS will even get to my file to adjudicate. While I understand a green card is not my right, I think I have worked towards it for a long time now. I am in this country legally, paying taxes, contributing to this economy, spending my earnings in this country like any other law abiding American citizen. I have legally asked this country and USCIS for Permanent Residency (PR). My request for PR is not based on the premise that my parents/relatives live here and are citizens in this country. I am not even asking for Permanent Residency because of the country I come from. I am asking for Permanent Residency based entirely on my educational qualifications, professional expertise and the demonstrated contributions I have made to businesses and the American way of Life. Now I have to continue to wait for I don't know how many more years for USCIS to even look at my credentials, let alone give me an up or down decision. Is this fair? I hope someone has "non–band-aid" answers.

Sendil

Dear Editor:
It doesn't make sense to let any established "guest workers" who have bought houses, planning to open their own businesses in the future, have great credit scores, have smart kids in the US schools, paid so much in taxes and other positive contributions to this country to go back to their home countries and bring their money with them. If those immigrants can establish themselves here by their own merits, why not let them stay. It's a shame that many Americans don't appreciate any opportunity given for them. Many illegal immigrants pray to get legal status and realize their American dreams and get better life, while many Americans who have those opportunities don't take them, complain about anything and take anything for granted just because they feel they're US citizens.

Richard Sugiharto


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