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Immigration Daily February 28, 2006
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US Issues Apology

The US issued a visa on Friday, February 24 following an apology from Ambassador Mulford to Professor Goverdhan Mehta for the prolonged visa delays he experienced. While prolonged visa delays are not unusual, the news is notable because it is one of the few times that the US has publicly apologized concerning a visa matter. The trick in visa issuance post 9/11 is to balance legitimate national security concerns with speedy and fair adjudications. We believe that visa issuance cannot primarily be about security. Preserving our national security is what our armed forces are for (as is our country's foreign policy), and we wish them well in their difficult endeavor.

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


Focus

Immigration Books

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


Article

Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. On Immigration Law
Charles Wheeler, Jill Sheldon, et al. offer materials from the recently concluded seminar series on USCIS benefits issues.


News

DOL Issues PERM FAQs #6, #7
The Department of Labor issued FAQs #6 and FAQs #7.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Tucson, AZ - Wolf & Sultan P.C., an AV-rated firm seeks business immigration paralegal with experience preparing TN, H, L and PERM cases. Friendly, relaxed small firm environment. Excellent drafting/communication skills required. Competitive salary and benefits package. Please send resume to Tarik Sultan: sultan@azimm.com or fax to (520) 882-2929.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
AmLaw 200 law firm based in Chicago, IL requires the temporary services of a senior paralegal for a six month period. The candidate must have at least five years of business immigration experience, including extensive experience with the new PERM system (PERM experience and knowledge is a requirement); EB-1, 2 and 3 matters; and experience with H, L, E and O visas. Minimum requirements include at least a bachelor's degree, and excellent English writing, research and communication skills. Send cover letter and resume to: Gina L. Grunloh, Vedder, Price, Kaufman, & Kammholz, P.C. at ggrunloh@vedderprice.com.

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.

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 info@inszoom.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 Shareholder - Tysons Corner, VA
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Dawn Lurie as a Shareholder in the Business Immigration Practice. Dawn Laurie will counsel business clients on strategic immigration planning as well as visa and work authorization needs. She practices in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Phone: 703.749.1300.


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 KO's letter (02/27/06 ID), the H1-B cap is met every year because there is a huge need for skilled labor in a area. Prevailing wage determinations tend to keep wages, well, prevailing for H1-B labor. We also have to advertise and hire US workers first over H1-B workers. I have done both in our business. We are pleased with our H1-B workers and the main difference between them and our US workers are loyalty, desire to contribute, and gratitude for the opportunity to work. In no way are they treated differently except they tend to excel over their peers because of the reasons listed. That is why they are valuable and the cap is met every year. Try hiring some people and learn the lesson. They are not "cheap labor" but they are high value labor.

Brent Heid

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Murray's letter (02/24/06 ID), here's a good example, taken straight from a post on an immigration website, about why employers just love H1-Bs: they're literally captive employees if they hope to get green cards. "I am in the same situation as you are been with the same employer for the last 4 years no salary hike yet. At times I too think the same way as would but this is my 6th year I just can't do any thing right now. Well, off course i would have a chance to find another employer but I would loose my priority date with current employer."

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
I am interested in helping in anyway, I have joined the immigration section of the society of Notaries and am curious about how I can help. I am not an attorney, I am a real estate broker and a career coach.

Evvy Boggess
Santa Maria, CA


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