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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:


Problems With President Bush's Guest Worker Proposal
Alan Lee, Esq. writes "So there are valid concerns at this time whether any immigration reform package besides one that only has enforcement provisions can be passed during this Administration."


EOIR Releases FY 2005 Statistical YearBook
The Executive Office for Immigration Review of the Department of Justice issued the FY 2005 Statistical Yearbook.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking experienced attorneys with a minimum of three years practicing business immigration law, for our San Francisco Office. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume practice and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the ability to provide exceptional client service, experience managing teams of legal assistants, and superb analytical, organizational and case management skills required. We strive for excellence in legal practice in a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Please submit your resume via email to or by fax to 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Greenberg Traurig has openings in its Tysons Corner, VA location for entry-level business immigration paralegals. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 6 months-1 year of experience preparing nonimmigrant work-related visas (e.g., H-1B visas). Associates Degree or equivalent is required. Must be very organized, detail oriented and able to work independently. Must possess excellent computer skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Competitive benefits and compensation package offered. Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Greenberg Traurig is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Tindall & Foster, P.C., an established immigration-only practice in Austin, Texas is seeking an experienced immigration attorney. The successful candidate is expected to possess 2-5 years experience in employment based immigration law. Exposure to comparative international law or non-US immigration law is a preferred qualification. Tindall & Foster, P.C. has been practicing immigration law since 1973. The Firm has offices in Austin and Houston and continues to expand. Please visit and for more information. 401(K), medical and dental offered. Salary commensurate with experience. Experienced candidates may submit resumes and salary histories to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at this prominent global immigration law firm in Iselin, NJ. The ideal candidate must have 2 + 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. The Firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. We are conveniently located minutes from the train station and are approximately a 40 minute train ride from Manhattan on NJ Transit. Submit resume, writing sample, + salary requirements to Alaina Shneiderovsky:

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: 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

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 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 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

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: 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: 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

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.

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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World's Leading Business Immigration Law Firm
The Murthy Law Firm is pleased to announce that Chambers & Partners, the U.K.-based, international law firm rating agency and legal publishers of Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, has listed the Murthy Law Firm as one of the world's leading business immigration law firms in their 2006 edition. 10451 Mill Run Circle, Suite 100, Owings Mills, MD 21117. Ph: 410-356-5440. Fax: 410-356-5669.


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Dear Editor:
I agree with Mr. Alexander letter's assessment (02/27/06 ID) that there are hundreds of thousands of people on H-1B status. This is due to the numbers of new six-year visas approved over the recent past. However, it would be mathematically impossible to reach the "millions" given the limited annual quotas, duration of the status and normal attrition. On the other hand, the number of industries that employs them has diversified and, for instance, IT now represents only fraction of all the visas issued. The main problem with these visas is the lack of freedom to openly compete for the best wages on the labor market. Even if the person is paid the "prevailing wage," she could still be paid more for the same position, or a position with a different title, at some other place. Unfortunately, the procedure to switch employers is cumbersome requiring starting an application anew. Furthermore, a green card sponsorship often means an even longer period of indenture because of the processing delays. The logic solution will be to give a six-month initial trial period with the sponsor company to later let the employee freely switch employers with only minimal paperwork. Concerning the "science" gap, you can always argue that paying zillions will promote an increased supply of science degree holders. However, the costs will skyrocket and the services and products offered by the companies will no longer be affordable or competitive. Perhaps a more realistic approach would be to reduce the costs of attaining such degrees by accrediting degree-granting institutions that can charge lower tuitions by shunning expensive research facilities and other costs, like it is done abroad.

Washington, DC

Dear Editor:
I'm a law student conducting research in Administrative Law. I've always consulted ILW.COM for up-to-date information, discussion boards etc. I need help in directing me in my research. I've been assigned to conduct research of a topic that has significant Administrative Law dimensions that is somewhere in the proces of being resolved by the agency (not court action) I've chosen to explore the Department of Homeland Security-specifically USCIS. I checked the Federal Register but found nothing. Does anyone have any issues that they might steer me towards?

Veniese A. Wilkinson
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Dear Editor:
On 2/15/06, at a meeting with the AILA liaison, the New York District Director's representative stated that as of 3/1/06 adjustment cases will be denied if all of the requested documentation are not presented at the interview. In a 1/30/06 memo re "streamlining", Michael Aytes, Acting Associate Director for Domestic Operations reminded Regional Directors that Petitions to Remove Conditions should be denied for "abandonment"if the petitioner should fail to submit every document required at that time. What kind of sadists are coming up with these rules and how are they "streamlining" procedures? Most applicants are unrepresented. They may wait years for an interview and they're going to be denied for one missing or incomplete document? Or worse, a married couple makes it through the interview and two years later they misunderstand the instructions for removal of conditions and are denied for failure to send in a single required document. How can this possibly be deemed an "abandonment"? Such a denial is followed by a motion to reopen (or should be). Removal proceedings could follow that. DHS resources are stretched even more. If the petitioner still doesn't get it, his spouse may get one of those knocks in the middle of the night. These rules are not only cruel but illogical. What am I missing?

John L. Moncrief, Esq.

Dear Editor:
It is said that there was a cap of 85,000 on H-1B's including 20,000 for a US Master's degree or higher holders every year. But the 2004 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics recently published by Office of Immigration Statistics(OIS) clearly shows on its Table 24 that 386,821 persons were admitted into the US in the fiscal year 2004 on H-1B program. Furthermore, it shows that nearly similar numbers of persons on this H-1B program were admitted into the US in fiscal years 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 also. Now one can easily say that these huge numbers of H-1B aliens definitely affect USCs and LPRs' jobs.

S. Salike

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