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Immigration Daily February 15, 2006
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Comment

11 Countries Oppose Immigration Policy

According to The Miami Herald, "Latin American diplomats teamed up Monday to lobby Washington against a tough immigration plan that would include a large wall along the Mexico-US border to keep out illegal immigrants." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Curriculum For PERM Seminar

The curriculum for our forthcoming PERM seminar is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Feb 23, 2006:

  • Mechanics of Filing
  • Important PERM Definitions in Regulations
  • Preparation of 9089 - Inconsistencies and Contradictions
  • Filing Checklists -- Employer, Alien, Job Duties
  • O*Net and Prevailing Wage
  • Applications to Qualify for 2nd Preference

SECOND Phone Session on March 16, 2006:

  • Details in Ads and Recruitment
  • Recruitment Strategy
  • Notice, Posting & SWA's
  • Regular and Professional Ads & Options
  • Special Handling & Schedule A
  • Review of Resumes
  • Legal Rejection of US Workers
  • Employer Recruitment Reports

THIRD Phone Session on April 13, 2006:

  • Audit Proofing & Audits
  • Recently Emerging Issues
  • Restrictive Requirements
  • Good Faith Requirements
  • Impact of BALCA on PERM
  • Reconsideration and Appeals

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2006.pdf.)


Article

US Immigration Policy On The Table At The WTO
Sarah Anderson writes "Thus far, the types of visas being discussed are those for executives and highly skilled professionals, such as Indian software engineers who have come to work in the Silicon Valley and other high-tech hubs in the US."


News

CRS Report On Refugee Admissions And Resettlement Policy
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on refugee admissions and resettlement policy.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Senior immigration attorney (NYC) for 10+ person, fast paced, leading business immigration firm. Must have 7+ years experience with full range of complex business immigration cases in NIV and IV matters as well as family-based & naturalization. Must have in-depth knowledge of laws & procedures, excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented, able to manage a large case load, work independently and supervise & train associates and staff. Partnership track potential for the right person. Competitive compensation package offered. Submit cover letter, resume in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: Mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fast-paced nationally recognized, Washington D.C.-based (DuPont Circle) immigration law firm seeks highly motivated, detail-oriented individual for business immigration paralegal position. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills required. Prior business immigration experience a plus, but not required. Great oppty. For individuals interested in challenging, exciting work dealing with international clientele with excellent career advancement possibilities. Excellent work environment, competitive salary and benefits. Visit www.maggio-kattar.com. Email resume, salary requirements, & references to: jobs@maggio-kattar.com or fax (202) 483-6801, Attn: Aaron McCommons. No calls please.

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: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

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 experience. 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.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.

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.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

New Associate - Oakland, CA
The Law Office of Scott A. Mossman is pleased to announce that Christina Lee recently joined our firm as an associate attorney. Ms. Lee has two years of experience representing noncitizens in removal proceedings and in family-based immigration cases. In particular, she has substantial experience representing petitioners for special immigrant juvenile status due to a contract her former employer had with a local child protective services agency. Ms. Lee is the daughter of Korean immigrants and speaks conversational Korean fluently. The Law Office of Scott A. Mossman, 1305 Franklin Street, Suite 201, Oakland, CA 94612. Tel 510-835-1115. Fax 510-835-1116.


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 the question of what type of waiver would permit Dorismar to return on an O-1 (see 02/14/06 ID), my guess, based on the comments of counsel, is that she is applying for a 212(d)(3) waiver of the 10-year unlawful presence bar under the standard laid out in Matter of Hranka.

Amy Maldonado Tehauno, Esq., Simms Parris Maldonado Tehauno LLP
Houston, TX

Dear Editor:
I second Rakhel Spyer Milstein, Esq.'s letter (02/14/06 responding to ID's comment (02/09/06) referencing an immigration-related Miami Herald newspaper article),and am curious as to just what type of waiver, and on what grounds (I'm beautiful, am obviously well-endowed, and have a dream of US residence, so let me in?), Dorismar's lawyer, Coral Gables, Florida-based, Michael Feldenkrais, is seeking to employ. If her counsel is indeed successful in qualifying Dorismar as a person of extraordinary abilities (nonimmigrant visa O-1), and then in obtaining a waiver of the 10-year bar to admissibility following removal, and thereafter actually gaining her admission into the US, it will be one heck of an accomplishment. Perhaps I am wrong, but I find it difficult to believe that, without some sort of political hanky-panky (wink, nod, gosh she's too beautiful to keep out), that it will be possible to obtain such a waiver for somebody who overstayed by blatantly and unabashedly violating the terms of their nonimmigrant admission (refer to Dorismar's remarks in as quoted in the Miami Herald), and then who was caught, apprehended and removed, to obtain such a waiver on any ground, perhaps, other than marriage to a US citizen - or perhaps a national interest waiver? ... America needs one more beautiful model. If Dorismar's admission waiver is granted, surely this will set some sort of precedent upon which we can all base waivers and applications for admission for every nonimmigrant-visa-qualified deported alien - both those with beauty and those with brains, or perhaps even for those who have little of either. After all, is not life just one great illusion?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA


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