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Immigration Monthly Delivery

Immigration Monthly, our free monthly periodical covering immigration policy issues, will be available online only beginning with the January 2006 issue - Immigration Monthly was a publication that was delivered by mail. In order to keep this a free publication, the mail option has been temporarily suspended. We expect to resume mail delivery in the near future. In the meantime, look for Immigration Monthly in the near future on our homepage and as a Featured Immigration Daily Article.

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


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Immigration Books

ILW.COM is pleased to feature the following distinguished works of scholarship:


Article

Asylee Eligibility For Resettlement Assistance: A Short Guide
Lauren Burdick of Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. provides timely information about the benefits and services for which asylees are eligible.


News

CRS Report On Temporary Protected Status
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on current immigration policy and issues related to temporary protected status.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Microsoft has immediate opportunity for an experienced immigration paralegal to join the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department in Redmond, WA. Duties: prepare and file nonimmigrant/immigrant petitions including extension of stay applications, amended petitions, change of status applications, port of entry applications, adjustment applications, family-based petitions, etc..; respond to client inquiries; prepare visa packets and employment verification letters; manage caseload and monitor expiration dates. Update I-9s. Maintain and update internal immigration database on client specific matters. Minimum of 2-3 years immigration paralegal experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; exceptional organizational skills; effective teaming and partnering skills; and proficiency in Microsoft Desktop applications. Bachelor's degree preferred. Competitive salary, excellent benefits including relocation, if applicable, and casual yet dynamic workplace. If you want to work on a team of world class immigration professionals and take your career to the next level, come join us. Submit resume in Word format to Kristen at LCAres@microsoft.com. Indicate job code N145-152847 in subject line. Microsoft is an EOE and strongly supports workplace diversity.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
13-person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 3+ years of business immigration expereince. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant & immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Very competitive compensation package offered. Law firm located in midtown Manhattan. Please submit cover letter + resume to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Walt Disney World Company seeks a full-time immigration representative to support a high volume immigration department based in Lake Buena Vista, FL - Orlando area. Extensive interaction with all levels of employees, management and gov't agencies. Position offers tremendous learning opportunity with multiple challenges. Required skills/experience: immigration paralegal certification or Bachelor's degree or equivalent in business; demonstrated strong case management experience; computer proficiency within Windows environment; strong written + verbal communication skills; effective presentation skills; strong partnering and problem solving skills; excellent organizational skills with attention to detail; ability to handle confidential information; willingness and ability to learn and adapt to new software applications. Desired skills/experience: minimum 2 yrs+ experience with employment-based non-immigrant visas; proven familiarity with H/J/L/O/P visas; knowledge of Exchange Visitor Program, SEVIS, I-9 requirements; multi-lingual abilities. To apply for this position (Immigration Representative, X102674), visit disneycareers.com and submit your resume. Disney is an EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Columbus, Ohio law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is seeking a paralegal with 2+ yrs. experience in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant categories, including labor certs. Opportunity to play a key role in supporting a mature and expanding practice. Bachelor's degree and ABA certificate preferred. Must be detail-oriented with excellent writing, organizational and computer skills. Good benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume by mail to Donna Prehm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, P.O. Box 1008, Columbus, Ohio 43216, by fax at 614-719-4913, or by e-mail to dfprehm@vssp.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opportunity in our dynamic team in the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department in Redmond, Washington. The position requires excellent academic credentials, 4-6 years experience in all nonimmigrant business visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case management, communication and writing skills are required. Must be customer-service focused and able to thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Prior experience managing legal staff and proficiency with Microsoft technology a plus. Microsoft offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and casual workplace environment. Please submit your resume in Word format to Kristen at LCAres@microsoft.com. Please indicate job code N145-152245 in the subject line. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Mintz Levin is a large, multi-disciplinary law firm with a regional, national and international practice. Our Immigration Section is seeking an associate to join the Boston office. Ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of business immigration experience. Candidates should have a background in the following: PERM Applications, H1B, L-1, O1, J1, E and I-9's. Experience dealing with immigration consequences of merger and acquisition activity is strongly preferred. We look for candidates with stellar academic records and outstanding writing and interpersonal skills. We offer excellent benefits and we are an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send resumes to: Catherine L. Murphy, Lateral Associate Recruiting Manager at CLMurphy@mintz.com or Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111.

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 www.adnet-nyc.com, or email us at information@adnet-nyc.com. Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.

Immigration Law Conference
The 29th National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy – "Future Shock: Perspectives on Comprehensive Immigration Reform" will be held on March 13-14, 2006 in NYC. Presented by the Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law (ILW.COM is the media sponsor for this event). The conference will offer an insider's look at the policy and politics in the growing debate on comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration professionals, gov't officials, HR professionals, and non-profits should not miss the chance to hear noted experts speak on topics such as border control, prospects for a guest worker program, internal worksite enforcement, and many other business, family, and asylum issues. Opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Participants are eligible for up to 9.5 credit hrs. Discounts are available for students, nonprofits and government employees. For more info, see here.


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New Offices - Oakland, CA
Angela M. Bean and Associates has relocated to Oakland, California in a beautiful new building across from the Oakland Museum and Superior Court and near the Oakland Federal Building. The office is one block from the Lake Merritt Bart station and is a quick trip to downtown San Francisco, CA. 110 11th Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Ph: 510-433-1900. Fax: 510-433-1901.


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 Christian Sanchez's letter (02/03/06 ID), although his letter says they "deported" his fiance, I wonder if they rather "excluded" her, since they never really let her into the US. There is a significant legal difference. When tourists come to the US, they are asked by the Immigration Officer who inspects them, "What is the purpose of your trip?" The reply should be something like, "To visit my Aunt Mary in Anaheim, California, and do a little surfing before returning to my job in Brazil." Because Mr. Sanchez's letter did not specify, we can only speculate what his fiance told the Immigration Lawyer, but I suspect it may have been something like, "I'm coming to the US marry my fiance." - - an innocent, sincere and truthful response that has a disastrous legal consequence if she does not have a Fiance Visa. For many nonimmigrant visa types, including a tourist visa, there is a prohibition against "dual intent" . . . that is intending to enter the USA as a nonimmigrant, while at the same time intending to apply for status as a permanent resident. Dual intent is grounds for exclusion, since it is prohibited by law, making the person inadmissible. Yes, this is a silly and harsh rule, right up there with the requirement to obtain Advance Parole to leave the USA when an Application for Permanent Residence is pending, but it is the law. I suspect that this may have been the legal reason Mr. Sanchez's fiance was excluded, and any other comment that may have been made by the Immigration Officer was simply discourteous and uncalled for. Situations like this bring to light the need for intending immigrants to seek the advice of qualified legal counsel whenever they engage in contact with the Immigration Service, before a problem arises.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I must say that as much as I always have the same idea with Mr. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr's article entitled "It Is Time To Tackle Immigration Reform" (02/06/06 ID), his article could not have expressed this matter more on point. I totally agree with everything his article stated. We all understand that we are looking at the Immigration issues as a matter of law, but we don't see that by not trying to ameliorate our current issues here, specifically with the illegal people in the country, we will never move forward. The government can always try to reduce the cause of illegal immigration, but we still have people that definitely have created a life here already. Therefore, as his article wisely stated, "for those millions of undocumented aliens who are already here, living and working in the shadows, willing but unable to participate in the burdens, not just the benefits, of being legal, immigration reform must include a path to permanent residency and eventually citizenship for those who learn English, pay their taxes and stay out of trouble". We need to do something.

Ricardo Brutus, Paralegal, Polatsek, Counsellors At Law
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dear Editor:
It is about time that state and local authorities started clamping down on the onslaught of illegal aliens that are ravaging many states (02/06/06 ID comment). Naturally, their crew of immigration attorneys (aka "advocates") want to find ways to smear those governors, mayors or chiefs-of police who dare to reduce the supply of clients that might otherwise darken the doors of immigration practioners. When you scrape away their rhetoric, what is left is simply the voice of greed talking. Why have immigration laws and border protection, if those in authority are supposed to "look other way?" Those who sneak across our borders or use fraud and deceit to obtain visas under false pretenses, should be sent home immediately, by anyone in authority - metermaids or lilbrarians, when they discoverer that an individual is occupying space and breathing US air without permission. We don't need to enrich immigration attorneys under the guise of allowing "hard working people" the opportunity to circumvent our current laws. I applaud those communities that are tired of seeing their schools and hospitals crushed under the weight of illegal aliens demands for benefits, or watching wages decline and job opportuntities spirited away by those willing to accept $3 an hour.

MH


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