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Immigration Daily June 12, 2006
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Testimonials for The PERM Workshop

Following on the heels of our successful PERM workshop in Salt Lake City, UT in June 2005, ILW.COM will host The PERM Workshop in San Antonio on June 21st, 2006 (8:30am-5pm) The Speakers will be: Roxana Bacon, Michael E. Piston, Lawrence H. Rudnick, Nathan A. Waxman and other speakers to be announced (the discussion will be led by Joel Stewart).

Here are some testimonials from the PERM workshop in Salt Lake City conducted in June 2005:

  • "Thank you for a great program. I found the panels to be very informative –the practical pointers will be invaluable." - Jennifer Roeper, Fowler White Boggs Banker, Tampa, FL
  • "The seminar was excellent in materials and presentation. The speakers are obviously tops in their field with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. It was informative, valuable and interesting. Thank you!" - Margo Einsig, Barley Snyder, York, PA
  • "Fabulous. I’ve learned a lot, very informative workshop. Comprehensive, great materials. I am ready to tackle PERM cases after this workshop. Thank you!" - Loveness Schafer, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  • "Joel Stewart is outstanding and is a walking encyclopedia. He is so clear and smart and intelligent –he makes me forget I have been studying since 9 am and it is now 4:30 pm!" - Gabriela Kreutzer, Law Offices of Gabriela Kreutzer, Los Angeles, CA
  • "Wonderful presentation. Unlike AILA conferences, this conference was well organized and well presented. The small class size allowed for discussions, which was most helpful." – Devang Shah, Shah and Kishore, Rockville, MD

To register and for detailed curriculum, please see http://www.ilw.com/workshops/june2006perm.shtm.

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


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PERM In San Antone

THE PERM WORKSHOP is a full day hands-on discussion on PERM matters to be held in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, June 21st. The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1:

  • Mechanics of PERM: Preparation & Prevailing Wage
  • Preparation of PERM: Understanding O"Net ABC's: Job Titles, Duties, & Occupations; Crosswalking the DOT to SOC; Understanding Job Zones & SVP.
  • Prevailing wage. How to use the DOL's Trinary System: SVP Ranges, Competency Levels, and Educational Ratings for Schedule D Professionals; Miscellaneous Prevailing Wage Issues.
Session 2:
  • The Recruitment Process & Strategy
  • Regular Recruitment: Details for Notice of Filing, Anamolies in SWA Job Orders, and Tips for Advertising; Analysis of the 10 Professional Recruitment Options; Coordinating the Campaign in 180 Days; Review of Schedule A.
  • Review of Resumes, Contacting and Interviewing US Workers, Recruitment Reports & Categorizing Reasons for Rejection, Preparing the Record File and Supporting Documents.
Session 3:
  • Restrictive Requirements, Audit Proofing, and Electronic Filing
  • Defining Normal Requirements, Foreign Languages, Combination of Occupations, Alternative Requirements, Actual Minimum Requirements, Combinations of Education Experience, and Training & When to Use the Magic Language; Layoffs, Alien Influence and Control.
  • Audit Proofing: Documentation of Employer, Job Requirements v. Alien Qualifications, How to Fill in H-4- to H-10, When and Where to Put the Magic Language, How to Answer H-12 "Are the Requirements Normal for the Occupation", Avoiding "Special Skills" in Item H-14.
  • Electronic Filing: Tips on Filing Electronically, Comparing the Electronic On-Line Filing Instructions with the Instructions on Form 9089, Advantages/Disadvantages of Regular or Electronic Filing.
Session 4:
  • Reconsideration, Appeals to BALCA, & Federal Court Litigation
  • Understanding Audit Letters and Final Determinations, Retention of Documents,CO Requests for supplemental information and/or documentation, Supervised Recruitment Pros & Cons.
  • Motions to Reconsider with or without Request for Appeal, Attorney Representation & Participation, Which BALCA On Banc Cases Differ from PERM, Arguing Harmless Error, Obtaining Copy of Record File from DOL.
  • Legal Arguments on Appeal, When Introduction of New Facts May be Possible, The Doctrine of Interlocutory Appeal, Exhausting Administrative Appeals (Darby v. Cisneros), Update on Federal Appeals
For more info, please see: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/june2006PERM.shtm

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


Article

The Benefits Of Dual Citizenship
Michele Wucker writes "A tempest in a teapot has been brewing over the more than 150 nations -a number that is rising - that allow their citizens to hold passports of more than one country. Opponents of dual citizenship argue that it is dangerous for America because it can lead to conflicting dual loyalties."

Immigration Monthly: May 2006
Immigration Monthly features an article by Donald Kerwin, "Five Security Principles To Guide Immigration Reform".


News

USCIS Aytes EB-1 Memo On Permanent Employment
USCIS Associate Director of Domestic Operations provides guidance on applying the definition of "permanent employment" as set forth in 8 CFR 204.5(i)(2) when adjudicating first preference (EB-1) petitions filed on behalf of outstanding researchers.

USCIS Aytes Regarding Eligibility For Exemption From H-1B Cap On AC21
USCIS Associate Director for Domestic Operations provides field offices with guidance on determining eligibility for exemptions to the H-1B cap based on employment or an offer of employment at an institution of higher education, a related or affiliated nonprofit entity, a nonprofit research organization, or a governmental research organization as provided by section 103 of AC21.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small Wall Street (downtown NYC) immigration practice seeks experienced paralegal/legal assistant with 4+ years of employment-based immigration experience. Candidates should have working knowledge of PERM, family-based applications and naturalization petitions. Must have BA degree as well as excellent research, writing, communication and case management skills and be able to work with minimal supervision. Competitive salary/benefits. Individual will have opportunity to work closely with sole practitioner. Excellent learning opportunity for a hands-on person possessing a can-do attitude. Submit resume, cover letter and writing sample to Lynne R. Newkofsky, Esq.: immigpara06@yahoo.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Law office of Judith G. Cooper, P.C seeks legal assistant with 2+ years experience in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant cases for position in Houston, Texas (Galleria area). Candidate should have excellent computer, writing, case management and people handling skills. Fax resume to Administrator @ (713)-622-8078 or e-mail to CCooper@immigration-visas.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Enjoy going to work every day for this fast-paced immigration firm based in one of Manhattan's most exciting neighborhoods. Eric M Bland P.C is seeking an "all-star" paralegal who is confident in their talent, possesses amazing writing skills and who will be comfortable communicating with celebrities and other high profile clients. EB-1's and O's are the house special, however, a solid understanding of L's, H's and labor certs would certainly give you the edge. No suit or tie required for your interview. Please email resume, salary req. to: immigrationfirm430@hotmail.com. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 5+ years of business immigration experience. Handle full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email cover letter and resume in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman at mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Bi-lingual Spanish/English also a plus although not required. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing , communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, located in Irvine, CA and New York, NY, has an immediate opening for an experienced Immigration Paralegal at our Irvine office. Work under supervision of attys to serve multinational companies and high-achiever individuals in both employment-based and family-based immigration-related matters. Use computer software extensively (research databases, ProLaw, immigration case mgmt software, etc), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration projects. Must have 1+ years U.S. immigration experience, be multi-talented, a multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well on a team, love challenges, be willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record and character, have a paralegal certificate or be otherwise qualified as a paralegal under CA. To pursue this exciting opportunity, email resume to Chris McCoy at cim@entertheusa.com. We invite you to stop by our booth at the AILA Conference in San Antonio. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established nat'l practice, located in Irvine, CA and New York, NY, has an immediate opening for an experienced Immigration Lawyer at either of our bi-costal offices. The position will involve legal services on behalf of multinational companies and high-achiever individuals to perform the full range of immigration legal services for employment-based and family-based immigration clients. Use computer software extensively (research databases, ProLaw, etc), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration law issues. This job is for you if you are a multi-talented, multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well as part of a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record, are admitted to practice law in CA or another state, and have up to three years of U.S. immigration law experience. To pursue this exciting opportunity, fax resume + cover letter to Chris McCoy at 949-955-5599 or e-mail her at cim@entertheusa.com. We will be exhibiting at the AILA Conference in San Antonio and invite you to stop by our booth. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The world's #1 vacation destination – Walt Disney World - is just as magical behind the scenes as it is for the millions of guests who visit each year. It's no wonder that over 56,000 people are proud to call themselves Walt Disney World Cast Members. We are seeking an Immigration Representative to support a high volume immigration department at Walt Disney World Company. The position involves extensive interaction with all levels of employees, management and government agencies and offers a tremendous learning opportunity with multiple challenges. The Minimum Qualifications are Immigration Paralegal Certification or Bachelor's degree or equivalent in business; Demonstrated strong case management experience; Computer proficiency within Windows environment; Strong written and verbal communication skills; Effective presentation skills; Strong partnering and problem solving skills; Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail; Ability to handle confidential information; and Willingness and ability to learn and adapt to new software applications. We also prefer: Minimum 2 years experience with EB NIVs; Proven familiarity with H, J, L, O, P; Demonstrated experience with Exchange Visitor Program and knowledge of SEVIS; Proven knowledge of I-9s; Proven multi-lingual abilities. To apply, visit www.disneycareers.com and submit your resume. This posting will be viewable from June 5-17, 2006 only. If you have issues posting for this position, please contact us at wdw.prof.recruiter@disney.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Paul Hastings, a major global law firm, seeks an Immigration Attorney for our Atlanta, GA office. The successful candidate will have 2 to 4 years experience in business immigration law, will be highly motivated and will possess excellent writing and communication skills with a desire to work in a team atmosphere. The current opening is in Atlanta, GA but future positions in other locations are possible. Excellent academic credentials and prior experience are required. Please submit a detailed resume with your pertinent experience and salary requirements to Lisa C. Clark: via email lisaclark@paulhastings.com or via fax at 404.685.5082

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation's largest law firms, seeks an immigration paralegal for its Newark, NJ office. Must have minimum five years experience preparing non-immigrant and immigrant business visas (H1B, L1, TN, E1, E2, O1, etc), generating and completing forms, entering data into a case management system, and performing research. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. PERM experience is a plus. Please send resumes to Angela Houghton via email ahoughton@proskauer.com

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Stone & Grzegorek LLP, a Los Angeles-based immigration law boutique, seeks a Senior Immigration Attorney (a partner-track position). The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years experience in immigration law practice; excellent writing and advocacy skills; management potential; and success as a team player. Join a team of 5 immigration attorneys and a dedicated support staff, and work with interesting clients on challenging cases in a pleasant, collegial environment in our downtown Los Angeles office. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Resumes will be held in strict confidence, please send to Carol@lskglaw.com

Position Sought: Per Diem
NY/NJ metro area - Experienced immigration specialist/case manager seeks business immigration per diem or contract work. Possess 9+ years experience managing Fortune 500 immigration dept with primary responsibility for all phases of immigration processing and administration. Can provide wide range of immigration support services to immigration attys and orgs. Services include, but not limited, to: preparation of all IV and NIV docs and support letters (B-1, H-1, J-1, L-1, TN-1, O-1, PERM and PR) and submittals to appropriate state and federal agencies. Interface with employees, senior mgmt and HR to discuss immigration matters. Provide education, training, direction and assistance to foreign nationals, recruiters, generalists and mgrs within the company. Draft and implement business immigration policies and procedures. Resume & references available upon request. Call 845-709-7612 or email: vg106@optonline.net.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry – $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.


comingsNgoings

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New Position - Seattle, WA
Abby Loomis is pleased to announce that she has joined Cowan Miller & Lederman, P.S., located in Seattle, Washington, effective April 2006. For the last ten years, Abby has practiced exclusively in the field of immigration law. Her practice includes assisting both corporate and individual clients with all aspects of the immigration process, from temporary work status to permanent residence and citizenship. Abby has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association since 1995. Abby Loomis, Cowan Miller & Lederman, P.S., 1001 Fourth Avenue Plaza, Suite 3330. Seattle, WA 98154. (206) 340-1033 ext. 205 aloomis@cmlseattle.com.


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:
There is much debate about illegal immigrants but what about those wanting to enter the country legally? Compared to some countries, our laws are designed with so many hurdles that it appears that we want to keep people out regardless. What about special consideration for specific countries that support the US - remember the so called 'Green Card' Lottery which was heavily waited towards those of Irish decent. Take for example the Brits, they support us in everything - always being the first to offer to send troops to fight along side our guys. They are educated, English speaking, and love our country. No doubt there are other countries we could add to the list.

Andrew


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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X


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