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Immigration Daily October 5, 2005
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Nonimmigrants Ineligible To Sit For Louisiana Bar Exam

A Fifth Circuit case involved an appeal filed by nonimmigrant aliens whose status rendered them ineligible to sit for the Louisiana Bar. In 2002, the Louisiana Supreme Court held that Lousiana Supreme Court Rule XVII Section 3(B) defined "resident alien" applied only to those aliens who had attained permanent resident status in the US." The 81-page case is noteworthy because rarely does a case involve nonimmigrant alien attorneys as plaintiffs filing suit. For the case, LeClerc, et. al v. Webb, No. 03-30752 (5th Cir. Jul. 29, 2005), see here.

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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 (more info will be posted on that page in the coming weeks).


Why Countries Continue To Consider Regularization
Amanda Levinson writes "Of all the schemes that countries have devised to manage undocumented immigration, perhaps none are as controversial as regularization programs."


3rd Circuit Cites Emergence Of Disturbing Pattern Of IJ Misconduct
In Wang v. Gonzales, No. 04-2866 (3rd Cir. Sept. 21, 2005), the court decried that it had had to caution IJ's time and time again against making intemperate or humiliating remarks during immigration proceedings and said that "a disturbing pattern of IJ misconduct has emerged notwithstanding the fact that some of our sister circuits have repeatedly echoed our concerns".


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Well established Midtown New York City firm has opening for attorney with experience in immigration related litigation. Firm has a large nonimmigrant practice and represents corporate and individual clients in all aspects of the immigration process. Individual will concentrate on litigation side of practice but will also be involved in nonimmigrant appeal work and I-9 review. Candidate should have 2 to 5 years experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit resume + cover letter in confidence to: Steven Weinberg:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Experienced immigration attorney to work in legal department of global consulting firm. Ideal candidate will have substantial experience dealing with all issues relating to foreign nationals working in US, including regulatory filings and HR counseling. Attorney will report to Senior Immigration counsel and must be a team player with excellent written and oral communication skills. Compensation is competitive, excellent benefits. Submit resume to Sharon Lewis at:

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: (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:

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. Visit to learn more. Submit your resume and respond 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.

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Honors And Awards
Jean Choi, Senior Managing Attorney of Wagreich & Choi, LLC will be honored at the 2005 Immigrant and Refugee Contributions Award & Recognition Ceremony presented by Changing Worlds, an education arts nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering inclusive communities through oral history, writing and art programs that improve student learning, affirm identity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. Ms. Choi is being honored for Community & Civic Leadership at the ceremony that will be held on October 26, 2005 from 5:30-7:30 at the Chicago Architectural Foundation.


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:
It is sad so many people in the US are so anti-immigrant in concept that in distorting the reality of employment-based immigration they fail to recognize that the US needs controlled and easily accessible legal immigrant labor that has a relation to employer demand, rather than arbitrary cap numbers, or complete visa unavailability because no suitable visa category exists (see Chucky and Salike's letter to the Editor, 10/04/05 ID). I agree with Susanna I. Bogue, Esq.'s letter to the Editor (10/04/05 ID) which addresses the reality of an actual, not hypothetical, labor shortage in the US. It is indeed regrettable that in a society where so many unskilled people are on welfare (for an example, just look at New Orleans, and the revelations uncovered there), American employers lack willing American personnel to perform unskilled labor and must rely on immigrant labor to fill their needs. This does not bode well for the future of America, and unless Congress awakens and passes a comprehensive "workfare" program aimed at the inner cities, along with immigration reform that provides legislation that will meet both the skilled and the unskilled labor needs of American employers, our country is someday going to suffer economically in the form of high food prices. At the same time, with manufacturing gone overseas, we will be flooded with cheap goods that the middle class will no longer be able to afford, because the factories around the nation have been closed. Employers in the US are caught on the horns of a dilemma -- do they hire illegals and prosper, or do they follow the law and fail? It is a hard choice, and a choice that they should not have to make. Rather than taking a "lock the door" attitude, Congress must immediately pass a Temporary Worker Program that will work as hard as a migrant farm worker, and that will provide both the skilled and the unskilled labor necessary to make this great country function.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I believe that the guest worker program should not be enhance to enforce the law at the border but that there should enforced those companies that ran out of the US for cheaper labor to pay a penalty on merchandize made outside the US because the only one benefiting is the company and not that Country or his citizens.

Gladys Farris

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