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Immigration Daily February 8, 2006
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Fraudulent Consultant Fined $10 Million

In what is believed to be one of the largest penalties to date for immigration-related consumer protection violations, Texas Attorney General Abbott announced a nearly $10 million judgment against a Texas-based immigration consultant who misrepresented her qualifications and authority to provide legal advice and immigration-related services. For the full Texas Attorney General press release, see here.

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Premier Issue Of PQ: The PERM Quarterly

The premier issue of PQ: The PERM Quarterly will go to press very soon. The provisional table of contents is as follows:

  • Filing Duplicate Applications By Joel Stewart
  • Labor Certification through PERM: An Up-to-date Overview of the PERM Rule By Joel Stewart
  • What You Do After The Ads Have Been Run? Resumes, Interviews, and Results By Edward R. Litwin
  • Tips for Filing Schedule-A Applications Under PERM By Sherry Neal
  • BALCA Summaries By Joel Stewart
  • How to File Prevailing Wage Requests and 30 Day Job Orders By Jane Goldblum
  • Civil & Criminal Federal Case Update By R. Blake Chisam
  • Potpourri By Joel Stewart
  • Ethics: What do you do when a qualified U.S. worker applies? By R. Blake Chisam
  • Recently Emerging Issues By Joel Stewart
For more information on PQ:The PERM Quarterly, or to subscribe, please see:


More Than A Temporary Fix: The Role Of Permanent Immigration In Comprehensive Reform
Walter A. Ewing for The Immigration Policy Center writes "The issue of permanent immigration is conspicuously absent from the current immigration reform debate."


CRS Report On Legal Effect Of INS Memos
The Congressional Research Service issued a report concluding that the Administrative Procedures Act does not necessarily require the publication of a modification to an existing nonbinding policy memorandum.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, a prominent global immigration law firm. The ideal candidate will work on site at a client in McLean, Virginia and must have 3-6 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. Fragomen offers highly competitive salaries and great benefits. Please submit resume, writing sample and salary requirements to Alaina Shneiderovsky:

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 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:

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 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

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 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 or Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., One Financial Center, Boston, MA 02111.

Case Management Technology
With INSZoom, you can rest assured that you have the most secure, simple and strategic software and support services available on the market. Our state-of-the art product helps US immigration law firms build efficiency, accuracy and transparency through a single, comprehensive software. We offer 600+ Forms and many advanced features to provide you with an all-in-one case management system solution. Let your clients update their profile information, check their case status, maintain compliance, and generate numerous reports, all via a secure online system. INSZoom's leading edge technology is backed by a friendly, responsive and multi-lingual customer support team. We will configure INSZoom to your workflow for maximium results. INSZoom's technical team works diligently to ensure that the technology works for you - every time! INSZoom is available in 2 versions: Install in your own office or host on INSZoom secure servers. Contact us for a free guided tour today at 925-244-0600 or

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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Texas Board Certification
Laura Bachman was designated Board Certified, Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Bachman is a founding partner of the law firm of Ilagan and Bachman, PC. 5433 Westheimer, Suite 420, Houston, Texas 77056. Tel: 713-888-0811. Fax: 713-888-0812


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:
Although I agree with "MH"'s letter (02/07/06 ID) that the problems of illegal immigration go beyond federal jurisdiction, and negatively impact local communities, I take umbrage with his remarks castigating immigration lawyers and misstating fact. I have been practicing immigration law for over 27 years and my position is, and always has been, that the law should be followed, and I, like thousands of other immigration lawyers, assist foreigners who qualify under the law to achieve their immigration goals. I live on the edge of the El Modena Barrio in the city of Orange, CA, where daily more than a hundred illegals gather on the street corners of Chapman Avenue, looking for day-work. The prevailing wage is $7 to $10, not the $3 referenced by MH's letter. And if I wanted to hire someone for $10 an hour to help me move, or to clean the brush out of my back yard, where else but the readily available illegal labor pool can I go to find a worker ready, willing and able to work on a moment's notice - can I go to the County Welfare Office to find willing unemployed applicants? I don't condone illegal immigration, but merely offer my observations in support of a comprehensive and well-run combination "guest worker/US worker" program that will allow US employers to lawfully and quickly employ workers for whom they have a need, both from within the ranks of US workers and foreigners alike, rather than to merely build a wall around America to keep everybody out. China tried that centuries ago, to keep out invaders of another sort, and what today is the "Great Wall of China"? ... a tourist attraction, where millions of foreign invaders are drawn, leaving behind their dollars, euros, yen and pesos. Ironic isn't it?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Former CEO and Lockheed Martin Chairman and now a member of the National Academies, Norman Augustine pointed to an interesting aspect of our immigration law concerning F-1 visas while commenting on the present shortage of scientists and mathematicians in the US. He said US businesses could really use overseas students by absorbing them after they have completed their studies but lamented the fact that our immigration law hampers the issuance of F-1 visas. He described the strenuous visa application process wherein students had to demonstrate to the interviewing consular officer that s/he was not an intending immigrant by untruthfully painting a scenario of strong ties to the native country. If, Mr. Augustine said, students failed to do so, they could be denied issuance of their visas. Mr, Augustine was referring to INA Section 214(b). The DOS acted in time to ameliorate the situation presumably because of this report that lamented the deplorable state of Science and Mathematics in the US. On 9/29/05, DOS cabled all posts its State 180015, which provided guidance for consular officers in how to interpret the immigrant intent provisions when adjudicating student visa applications. This was a happy departure from the choking aspects of Section 214(b), and permitted consular officers to evaluate student visa applicants' requirements to maintain a residence abroad in the context of the students' present circumstances, and not some imaginary story of an envied employment position or business opportunity. Hopefully, State 180015 will ease the issuance of student visas so that students can enter the US, study here, and hopefully stay on here to work for US companies. Further, legislation should change Section 214(b) so that F-1 visa applicants do not have to untruthfully state their reasons to return to their native country.

Arif Kadwani

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