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Immigration Daily March 3, 2006
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Repatriated Pets

The Miami Herald recently reported on a dog that was caught at sea, 50 miles south of Key West, and repatriated back to Cuba. "Under the US wet-foot, dry-foot policy, Cuban migrants caught at sea usually are returned to Cuba, while those who reach land usually can stay -- and with them their pets, provided they don't violate any US laws." For the full story, see here.

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Focus

Consular Processing - Nurse Issues

The final session of "Latest in Nurse Immigration (In Cooperation With CGFNS)" will cover consular processing issues. The curriculum is as follows:

THIRD Phone Session on Mar 9, 2006: Consular Issues

  • UPDATES ABOUT CHENNAI AND MANILA CONSULATES
  • PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW: What documentation is required? Does the foreign national need a current letter from the employer? What to do when the consulate is asking for the wage the foreign national will be paid during the time the foreign national enters the U.S. but before licensed?
  • CHANGES DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS: How to add new family members (a recent spouse or new baby) to the process after the interview has been scheduled? How to change consulates in the case of relocation to another country?
  • EXPEDITING THE INTERVIEW: Is there any way to get an earlier interview date? What happens if a child is turning 21 years old before the interview date?

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 7th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2006.pdf.)


Article

IRS Issues New Acceptance Agent Application Procedures
Paula Singer, Esq. writes "Acceptance agents are individuals or entities that enter into a written agreement with the IRS authorizing them to assist foreign nationals and foreign entities in completing the forms and submitting Forms W-7 and SS-4 to the IRS on behalf of the applicant."


News

Life Insurance Proceeds Is Awarded To Beneficiary Of Undocumented Alien
In Garcia-Moreno v. Great-West Life And Annuity Insurance Co., No. C05-4017 PAZ (USDC Northern District of Iowa Western Division, Dec. 1, 2005), the court said that Defendant abused its discretion when it denied Petitioner's life insurance benefits claim for an undocumented alien who used a false social security number and different name to secure employment.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Well established Midtown New York City firm has an opening for an attorney with experience in immigration related litigation, including handling defense of aliens before Immigration Court, the BIA and the US Courts of Appeals. The firm represents corporate and individual clients in all aspects of the immigration process. Individual will concentrate on litigation side of practice but will also be involved in non-immigrant appeal work and brief writing. Candidates should have 3 to 5 years experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit resume + cover letter stating salary requirements and a circuit court writing sample in confidence to Steven Weinberg: sweinberg@wildesweinberg.com.

EB5 Investor Program
A profit and a green card is a powerful proposition for your immigration clients. American Life Inc. (ALI) administers the oldest active INS-approved EB-5 Regional Center in 1996 and is based in Seattle. A $525,000 cash investment in an ALI real estate limited partnership via the EB-5 Regional Center program offers speedy conditional green card approval, typically in less than 1 year; avoids quota backlogs; and grants your clients the freedom to live anywhere in the US without being tied to a job/business. ALI's investors include immigrant applicants, pension funds and private investors. ALI distributes profits monthly. Since 2003, ALI has 125+ approved I-526 applications, with 30+ investors having already received their conditional green cards. If you are an attorney interested in learning more about ALI's Regional Center Investment program for your immigration clients, call Mark Ivener, American Life's exclusive marketing representative for AILA at 1-888-241-8188. Generous promotional incentives are available to AILA attorneys for the referral of qualified investors. Mark Ivener has 35 years experience in immigration law and has represented numerous EB-5 Regional Center clients. Meet Mark Ivener and Jo Hwang, ALI Marketing Director at AILA's Annual Conference in San Antonio. Visit http://www.amlife.us to learn more.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC- 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 3+ years of business immigration experience handling full range of diverse nonimmigration & immigration matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please submit cover letter & resume to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

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 careers@usabal.com 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 tcohire@gtlaw.com. 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 www.tindallfoster.com and www.Austin360.com for more information. 401(K), medical and dental offered. Salary commensurate with experience. Experienced candidates may submit resumes and salary histories to hr@tindallfoster.com.

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: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

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.

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 Partners - NY, NY
Bretz & Coven, LLP is pleased to announce that Irwin J. Berowitz & Matthew L. Guadagno have become partners of our firm. 305 Broadway, Suite 100, New York, NY 10007-1109. (212) 267-2555.


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:
"A reader's" letter to the Editor (03/02/06 ID) seems to have missed the point of Mr. Fonte's article (02/28/06 ID), namely that dual citizenship is not desirable and should be discouraged. The letter's complaints about the piece are directed at issues which would discourage the maintenance of dual citizenship: prohibitions against taking oaths of allegiance, using other passports, and the like. "A reader's" letter seems to view "citizenship" as a matter of convenience for the individual and does not explain what benefit, if any, the US derives from having citizens who owe allegiances to other countries. If we are to accede to the "reality" of dual citizenship by permitting the activities that "a reader" finds acceptable, then I believe we would be fully justified in viewing holders of "dual citizenship" as suspect in matters such as national security. Serving two masters is simply not possible, particularly when the aims and agendas of those two masters conflict. We saw the results of that last summer, with the bombings in Britain orchestrated by young, British-born ethnic Pakistanis who were never fully integrated as Britons.

Ali Alexander


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