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Immigration Daily February 24, 2006
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E Passports

According to GovExec.com, the Department of State has started issuing electronic passports on a trial basis. Based on radio frequency and face recognition technology, E-passports which contain a computer chip, enable data to be read at a close distance using contactless readers. However, privacy experts express concern that E-passports are vulnerable to "skimming" or the stealing of personal information. For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Announcing THE PERM WORKSHOP - San Antonio, June 21st

ILW.COM is pleased to announce THE PERM WORKSHOP - a full day hands-on discussion on PERM matters to be held in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, June 21st. For more info, please see: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/june2006PERM.shtm


Article

Listserves: IMMLOG - Some Ground Rules
Kevin Dixler shares ImmLog's rules of etiquette.


News

OIS Issues 2004 Yearbook Of Immigration Statistics
The Office of Immigration Statistics at the DHS presents data on foreign nationals for FY 2004, including those who were granted lawful permanent residence, were admitted into the US on a temporary basis, applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized.

DHS Announces Extended TPS For El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua Nationals
USCIS announced that nationals of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua who have already been granted and remain eligible for TPS will be able to continue living and working in the US for an additional 12 months, effective upon publication of notices in the Federal Register.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laner Muchin in Chicago, IL, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, seeks an experienced immigration attorney with excellent academic credentials, 3-5 years substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, and communication and writing skills. Ideal candidate must be client-service focused and able to thrive in challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. We provide opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; offer highly competitive salaries and benefits; informal unpretentious office atmosphere; and demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. Affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Laner Muchin in Chicago, IL, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time immigration paralegals. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. The ideal candidates must have at least one year of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree preferred, foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package and excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. Affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Madison, WI - Quarles & Brady, a large, multi-office, national law firm is looking for an experienced paralegal to join its team to handle business immigration matters for fast-paced, expanding practice. Ideal candidate will have Bachelor's and experience with H, L, TN and PERM (NIW, or, and O-1 a big plus). Good benefits, stability, and pay in a supportive, relaxed, and professional environment, not to mention one of the most livable cities in America. Send resume, references, and writing sample to Donna Hurd, Office Administrator at dhurd@quarles.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Chicago office of Sidley Austin, a global law firm, seeks a legal assistant/paralegal for the Immigration practice. A Bachelors degree and 4+ years experience with US business immigration is required for this position. A legal assistant certificate from an ABA-accredited institution is desirable. The candidate must also have superior analytical, writing and communication skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Submit letter of interest and resume to: hrch@sidley.com or fax to (312) 456-4175.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Prestigious Glendale, CA law firm seeks immigration paralegal with at least 3 years solid experience in family and employment based petitions, and deportation/removal defense. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. Must be computer literate. Knowledge of Filipino language a plus. Must be authorized to work in the US. Friendly, collegial office environment. Send resume to Michael J. Gurfinkel: paralegal@gurfinkel.com or fax to: (818) 543-5802.

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 sweinberg@wildesweinberg.com.

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.

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

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Of Counsel
Paparelli & Partners LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew R. Lerner, past Chair of the New York chapter, AILA, has joined the firm as of counsel. Andrew Lerner will serve primarily in the Firm's newly opened New York City office, opposite Grand Central Station in the heart of Midtown. Phone: 212-599-5755. Fax: 212-808-5598.


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:
It's obvious that S. Salike's letter (2/23/06 ID) appears to be against the very concept of the H-1B program altogether, so her letter's opinions are to be viewed in that light. Ms. Salike's letter seems to place the blame on H-1B aliens. Last time I heard, there was a cap of 65,000 on H-1B's plus an additional 20,000 for H-1B's with a US Master's degree or higher. How these approximately 85,000 materially impacts "hundreds of thousands" is puzzling. Although I have researched the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution, as amended, I find no support for the letter's proposition that the "prime duty of the US government [sic] to see to the betterment and welfare of its citizens and to protect their job as well." Her letter states that, " ... foreign workers are getting jobs in the US very easily." I dispute that statement. The H-1B cap makes it very difficult for educated foreign workers to become employed in the US because for a majority of the year H-1B visas are unavailable, due to the cap. What are we to expect US employers do during the interim months ... collectively freeze hiring and wait for October 1st to come so they can employ a mere 85,000 foreign workers? This is preposterous. DOL reported on 02/03/2006 that, " ... the number of unemployed persons fell to 7.0 million in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 4.7 percent, seasonally adjusted." To call H-1B's " ... a curse to USCs and LPRs" stretches the truth. The US is a country of approximately 350 million people, with a total workforce of more than 150 million. Stop blaming H-1Bs, and illegals for that matter, for the ills of the nation, and start producing US nurses, engineers and scientists, all of which are in short supply.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

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Omar A. Abuzir, Esq.
Palos Hills, IL

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