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Immigration Daily September 29, 2005
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Am Law 200

We are pleased to note that Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy has become the first immigration law firm to be named on Am Law 200, a list of the nations' 101-200 highest-grossing law firms. According to the law.com article,

"... Fragomen Del Rey is a case study of the Second Hundred's skill at exploiting gaps in the legal market. The firm, founded in 1951, is barely known outside the immigration bar. In 2004 it had just over $1 million in profits per equity partner -- an impressive sum, especially for a firm not typical of The Am Law 200's mainstream. And the firm squeezes out these profits from immigration work, something that many general practice firms shun as a low-margin practice. Fragomen seems to have found the sweet spot in that business. "We're in the business of high-skilled migrants who work for multinational corporations," says Fragomen Del Rey name partner Austin Fragomen, who estimates that the firm handles about 100,000 immigration transactions a year.
As the immigration bar continues to reach for more economies of scale, we trust that future Am Law 200 lists will feature more representation from the immigration bar. The old NY-based firm of Fried, Fragomen, & Del Rey has come quite a way to the multi-office, multinational firm of today, we congratulate the Fragomen firm for achieving the Am Law 200 milestone.

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


Focus

The PERM Workshop, New York City

Hot on the heels of our first successful PERM workshop in Salt Lake City, ILW.COM will host The PERM Workshop in New York City on Dec 7th, 2005 (8:30am-5pm) The Moderators & Speakers will be: Joel Stewart and many others to be announced. Materials for the workshop will include THE PERM BOOK and the first issue of PQ: The PERM Quarterly.

Here are some testimonials from the PERM workshop in Salt Lake City conducted in June 2005:

  • "Thank you for a great program. I found the panels to be very informative –the practical pointers will be invaluable." - Jennifer Roeper, Fowler White Boggs Banker, Tampa, FL
  • "The seminar was excellent in materials and presentation. The speakers are obviously tops in their field with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. It was informative, valuable and interesting. Thank you!" - Margo Einsig, Barley Snyder, York, PA
  • "Fabulous. I’ve learned a lot, very informative workshop. Comprehensive, great materials. I am ready to tackle PERM cases after this workshop. Thank you!" - Loveness Schafer, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • "Joel Stewart is outstanding and is a walking encyclopedia. He is so clear and smart and intelligent –he makes me forget I have been studying since 9 am and it is now 4:30 pm!" - Gabriela Kreutzer, Law Offices of Gabriela Kreutzer, Los Angeles, CA
  • "Wonderful presentation. Unlike AILA conferences, this conference was well organized and well presented. The small class size allowed for discussions, which was most helpful." – Devang Shah, Shah and Kishore, Rockville, MD

Seating is LIMITED to the first 50 registrants. To register, please see http://www.ilw.com/workshops/december2005perm.shtm (more info will be posted on that page in the coming weeks).


Article

Hurricane Katrina And Other Happenings
Alan Lee, Esq. provides an update of recent immigration rules and procedural changes which may be helpful to individuals in their cases.


News

CRS Report On Border Apprehensions Of "Other Than Mexican" Aliens
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on border security analyzing the dramatic tripling increase in "Other Than Mexican" apprehensions in the past three years.


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.

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 www.Computerworldcareers.com. 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 itcproduction@itcareers.net.


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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:
Several of the analogies in the Jessica M. Vaughan/CIS opinion piece featured in Immigration Daily today (09/27/05 ID) appear to be flawed to even the most cursory analysis. The most obvious error is the comparison of the New Jersey EZ-Pass system which handles "486 million travelers per year" versus the "200 million foreign visitors" required if US-VISIT was to be fully implemented. Simple logic shows that New Jersey and New York have a combined population of around 27 million people and the "486 million travellers" is actually the number of transactions, not the number of pass holders. Checking the source document she quoted reveals that the actual number of NJ EZ-Pass holders is less than 1.5 million with each person making multiple trips. Conversely, the US-VISIT system could consist of up to 200 million individuals, each making a smaller number of trips to the US than your average EZ-Pass holder. Although the total transaction volumes may be similar, in context the comparison appears woefully inadequate. Even a fine state like New Jersey would pause before attempting to enroll 200 million non-citizens in such a system. A dysfunctional bureaucracy like the DHS could never achieve such a goal without major reform. Suggesting that DHS could also go on to perform a 'broken windows' style random audit function inside the US that includes the use of 'speed traps and meter maids' seems overly optimistic given their poor performance to date.

A reader

Dear Editor:
The McCain-Kennedy bill appears to be mainly focused on illegal immigrants, as do most other efforts currently being proposed for immigration reform. While addressing terrorism and breaking the law and filling the need for non-professional jobs is important, in consideration of America's economic growth, shouldn't the need to fill highly skilled positions for which there are insufficient USCs available be a priority? Please do not forget the legal temporary workers who have been waiting for so many years to obtain permanent resideny, who have also been separated from their families for fear of being denied reentry after travel home, and please grant them the priority in immigration reform that they so highly deserve.

Name Withheld Upon Request

Dear Editor:
I have been reading different comments on ILW.COM lately about the upcoming immigration reform (09/26/05 ID comment). Some say there will be a reform, some say there will not be any. What is your prediction? I am curious if there would be any change in the law for those people who are here illegally for more than 10 years. I would like to receive more comments on this issue.

Alla

Dear Editor:
It's unfortunate that in taking up the H1-B, employees didn't look at the reality of the green card limits for employment-based visas. These were apparent in 1999, and in 2000 when the H1-B cap was raised to 195,000 plus an unlimited number of university researchers/scholars. The employment-based green card limits have remained at around 140,000. One doesn't and didn't need to be a mathematician to realize that even were H1-Bs to receive all employment-based green cards, there would not be enough in any one year for all who wanted them. Furthermore, the ad hoc efforts to remedy the situation, and to deal with illegal immigration as well, have added to the problem. Combine a dysfunctional agency with too many applicants and too many new programs which must be staffed and for which rules must be written, and the result is what we have now.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
USCs and LPRs must have contributed to the US about 30% percent of their wages in federal and state tax for a minimum of five years to sponsor their children to come to the US and join them. Nevertheless, these children cannot enjoy education and health benefits as DV winners and their families do. The children of the DV winners get federal and state grants as soon as they are admitted to a college. If they require health services, they could go to the General Hospital free of cost, because they have just arrived in the US and have not earned anything. Hence, DV winners begin to be a burden on tax payers' shoulders as soon as they step on the US soil. Recently, millions of our people from Louisiana and Texas have been displaced owing to the natural catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Properties of billions of dollars have been destroyed. Today, we are in need of billions of dollars for restoration of public and private properties, whereas we are spending billions of dollars for DV winners and their family members just for nothing. The US is already a cosmopolitan country, and at present it has good representations from almost all the countries of the world. The necessity of the DV Lottery program has already been reduced to zero. This program has no importance and significance now. The DV program should be immediately abrogated.

S. Salike


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