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Immigration Daily February 21, 2006
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Many Distinguished Practitioners

Lorna Rogers Burgess, R. Blake Chisam, Jane Goldblum, Michael E. Piston, Stacy Shore, Nathan Waxman. and Christopher A. Wilburn are among the distinguished practitioners who will speak at our forthcoming PERM seminar, with noted labor certification scholar Joel Stewart leading the discussion (the Proposed Rule on Substitution is part of the curriculum). The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:

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Deadline For PERM Seminar Is Tuesday, Feb 21st

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
  • Proposed Rules on Substitution

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: (Fax version:


How False Social Security Cards Can Impact Benefits
Josie Gonzalez discusses the ramifications of a recent California Court of Appeals decision.


Latest EOIR Disciplinary Actions
EOIR released its latest disciplinary actions report announcing suspensions for 3 attorneys, final orders for 5 attorneys, and 1 reinstatement.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., a premier Manhattan immigration law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 3+ years experience in corporate immigration law to handle a full range of immigrant and nonimmigrant matters. We require a person of recognized organizational, communication and technical skills to augment a high standard of client representation. E-mail resume with salary requirements and writing samples in confidence to Steven Weinberg at

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:

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 Email resume, salary requirements, & references to: 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:

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 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:

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, or email us at 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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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:
I agree with Linda Cogill's letter (ID 02/17/06) that legal immigrants should be a first priority. While the situation of illegal immigrants is debatable and should be considered on a case by case basis, the overarching rule should be that they have to wait in line behind the legals. Somewhere in the political lobbying, the legals are not getting the attention they deserve. The result is that since the EU has meanwhile relaxed their immigration laws, smart minds are now migrating there, while the traditional immigration applicants from India and China are staying at home - a much better prospect with their booming economic growth. For example, the New York Times reported yesterday that Dow Chemicals plans to outsource a large part of their research and scientific work to India and China, since the smart minds are now staying home. Many other pharmas plan to follow. This is a step beyond IT and call centers into the prestigious job categories. With US immigration laws being what they are and the long backlogs, these immigrants no longer want to be stuck in low-paying jobs, unable to move freely, be separated from their families and unable to travel, and generally be treated as second class citizens. Now, the playing field has changed, and if America wants to continue importing its science and math capabilites as it has always done it must woo them with honey, not vinegar.


Dear Editor:
I am appalled at your choice of words to describe a tragic incident for which the majority of blame rests squarely on the unfortunate victim (ID Comment 02/16/06). She had an an order of deportation since 2002, which means she was well aware that her deportation could occur at any time. The manner in which this removal was carried out indicates that there was good reason for rushing her directly to the airport rather than setting a surrender date. There simply has to be more to the story than the allegations made by the alien. I would also wager that the poor treatment she alleges was either significantly embellished or was nonexistent, and that her own actions, or non-actions, as the case may be, contributed to her perceived poor treatment. "Ignoring her cries of pain for 8 hours?" "Refused her food" for 8 hours? This stretches credulity. According to news accounts, ICE offered her food, water, the restroom and did not handcuff her. Her pregnancy was not so advanced as to prevent her from flying, and last I checked, pregnancy is not an automatic exemption to the execution of a valid removal order. The account of this incident is solely based on the claim by the alien and her "supporters.". These are also allegations made by a desperate alien facing imminent removal with no other means to remain in the US and who is bitter towards those who attempted to effect her removal. Unfairly smearing ICE and their officers' actions as "brutality" based on the alien's allegations is unfair and unwarranted without having all of the facts of the case. While a tragic outcome, all of this would have been avoided had the alien departed when lawfully ordered to do so.

Kristie Brightman

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