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Comment

FTC Endorses Online Attorney-Client Matching Services

According to a Law.com news report, the Federal Trade Commission in a letter has recently endorsed Internet-based client/attorney matching services, stating, "... online legal matching services are likely to make it less expensive for consumers to evaluate providers of legal services. The information sent to inquiring clients is likely to allow consumers to compare the price and quality among several competing attorneys more cheaply than other methods of comparison." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Your Up To Date PERM Resource - THE PERM BOOK

THE PERM BOOK is the most up to date PERM resource in print. That's because every purchaser of THE PERM BOOK receives a free copy of the June 2006 issue of PQ: The PERM Quarterly, with the latest in PERM happenings.

THE PERM BOOK has over 900 Pages of information (including articles by Roxana C. Bacon, Ramon Carrion, Gary Endelman, Howard L. Kushner, Nancy M. Lawrence, Lori S. Melton, Joan Mathieu, Nancy Jo Merritt, Sherry Neal, Michael E. Piston, Edwin R. Rubin, Lawrence H. Rudnick, Carl Shusterman, Timothy M. Spridgeon, Richard J. Tasoff, Alison Walters, Nathan A. Waxman, Christopher A. Wilburn and Leon Wildes). THE PERM BOOK includes:

  • A section-by-section interpretation of the PERM rule by Joel Stewart and his commentary on the rule
  • A box-by-box discussion of Form 9089 by Joel Stewart, including a handy checklist for filing a PERM case
  • Articles by many noted practitioners on specific topics arising from the PERM rule
  • Essential reference materials: 14 documents
  • Additional CD-ROM reference materials: Over 100 megabytes, over 1,400 files

Table of Contents Part 4: Essential Reference Materials

  • The PERM Rule
  • ETA Form 9089, Application For Permanent Employment Certification
  • The "Current Regulation" as defined in the PERM Rule
  • State Workforce Agency (SWA) Prevailing Wage Forms
  • General Administration Letter 2-98
  • Prevailing Wage Determination Policy Guidance For Nonagricultural Immigration Programs
  • Job Orders Under Employment Service Regulations
  • DOL Information: Addresses And Jurisdictions
  • Professional Recruitment Occupations From Appendix A Arranged In Alphabetical Order
  • Full SOC Definitions For Occupations Surveyed By OES In SOC Code Order
  • Stratifying Occupational Units by Specific Vocational Preparation (SVP) By The National Center For O*NET Development Employment Security Commission
  • Background On Development of Appendix A for Professional Recruitment Occupations From Occupational Outlook Quarterly, Vol 39, No. 4
  • 29 CFR 18 - Hearing Procedure For BALCA
  • Federal Litigation Resource: The Lawyer's Guide To 212(a)(5)(A): Labor Certification From 1952 To PERM By Gary Endelman
Table of Contents Part 5: CD-ROM Reference Materials

  • The PERM Rule
  • State Workforce Agency (SWA) Prevailing Wage Forms
  • 2005 OES Wage data
  • Links to SWA job order web sites
  • Professional Recruitment Occupations From Appendix A arranged in alphabetical order
  • Full SOC Definitions for occupations surveyed by OES In SOC Code Order
  • The North America Industry Classification System (NAICS)
  • Active GALs in labor certification cases
  • Occupational Projections and Training Data 2004-2005 Edition
For more info on THE PERM BOOK (2005-2006 edition), and to order, please see here. (Purchasers will receive a free copy of the first issue of PQ: The PERM Quarterly.) For more on PQ: The PERM Quarterly, and to subscribe, please see here.


Article

Scrutinize Contractor Hires To Avoid Wal-Mart Problem
Mark A. Ivener writes "Most American employers are quite familiar with the first provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which specifically prohibits the hiring, recruitment or referral of an alien not authorized to legally work in the US."


News

DHS Says EADS Automatically Extended For El Salvadoran TPS Beneficiaries
The Department of Homeland Security published notice that employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the designation of El Salvador for TPS and bearing an expiration date of either July 5, 2006 or September 9, 2006 are automatically extended until March 9, 2007.

Employment Based I-485s To Be Filed At NSC
USCIS issued an announcement, stating that starting on July 24th, all applicants filing Form I-485), based on a pending or approved Form I-140, also referred to as a "standalone filing", should mail that form directly to the Nebraska Service Center. For the fact sheet, see here. For the news release, see here.

President Bush Speaks On Immigration
During a statement in Virginia, President Bush spoke on immigration and said, "And so I look forward to working with Congress on a rational plan as to how to make sure people who have been here, the 11 million or so people who have been here for a while are treated with respect and dignity."


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Quarles & Brady seeks attorney with 1-3 years of business immigration law experience for our Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin offices. We are a national law firm, providing immigration services for 30+ years, with offices in Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida and Illinois. Requirements: experience in range of business immigration matters; ability to provide exceptional client service; and superb analytical, organizational and case management skills. Collegial environment and competitive salary and benefits. Submit resume, cover letter, transcripts and at least two writing samples (substantive support letters or significant memos) to: Michelle Bigler, Manager, Attorney Recruiting, Quarles & Brady LLP at legalrecruiting-MKE@quarles.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
San Francisco, CA - Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years practicing business immigration law. 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, 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 resume to careers@usabal.com or fax 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Upper Saddle River, NJ - Business immigration law firm has several openings for experienced immigration paralegals for a very busy immigration practice. Candidates must have solid experience in business immigration law, including preparation of O-1, TN, L-1, H-1B, R-1 petitions and PERM labor certification cases. Experience with I-9 audits and training and employment verification process. Labor and employment experience a plus. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Must have excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking is a must, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. Ideal candidate must also possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years experience required for Juniors and 3-5 years required for Seniors. Qualified candidates, send cover letter + resume and salary requirements in confidence to: david_nachman@visaserve.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Prestigious Glendale, CA law firm seeks immigration paralegal with at least 1 year 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 U.S. Qualified applicants, send resume to: paralegal@gurfinkel.com. Fax: (818) 543-5802.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Prestigious immigration law firm, with LA, SF, & NY branches, seeks associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA location. Minimum 2+ yrs experience in all areas of immigration law, including family and employment based cases, court appearances for removal/deportation, and consular processing required. Occasional travel outside LA area necessary. Fax or email resume, salary requirements, and writing sample to Office Manager at (818) 543-5802 or attorney@gurfinkel.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Seeking an Immigration Attorney with 4+ years of business immigration experience with heavy emphasis on labor certifications for our South San Francisco, CA office. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills, and strong attention to detail. We offer a competitive salary w/ benefits. Please send resume + cover letter to HR at ksalvador@litwinlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Alston & Bird LLP seeks immigration paralegal for its NYC, NY office. Requirements: minimum 1+ year experience with nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing; naturalization; detailed knowledge of INS, DOL and DOS procedures; bachelors degree; excellent organizational and computers skills. Fluency in foreign language helpful but not required. We offer a high level of responsibility and variety of challenging assignments. Work one-on-one with attorneys. Our paralegal program is supported by a Paralegal Advisory Committee that meets monthly to plan continuing education programs; organize monthly/quarterly informational lunches; plan annual Paralegals Retreat; and schedule get-togethers. We want the top echelon to join our fast-growing NYC office. We offer comprehensive technical + professional development training, cutting-edge technology, excellent benefits, competitive salaries. Qualified applicants send resume + cover letter to: pamela.lewis@alston.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 5+ years of business immigration experience. Handling 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 at: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

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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:
Roger Algase's letter (07/05/06 ID) brings up the specious argument again that the enforcement of immigration law would turn US into "a vast prison camp" because of the numbers involved. The reason the numbers are large is that enforcement has been so lax. The numbers would be vastly reduced when enforcement is seriously pursued and any forms of amnesty eliminated. Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio doesn't seem to think its a problem who has been jailing illegals in his tents under a new smuggling law. "I don't even want to hear that there's not room (to jail them), that's a cop-out." Also, there is no jail time after deportation. I agree with globalist Robert Yang's letter (7/5/06 ID) to the extent that the issue is more about economics than race, the latter in the form of a charge of racism, only being diversionary. But the corporate quest for cheap labor and fat profits are the motivation for immigration and outsourcing, not "to create a global level playing field". And the result is not always higher productivity or skill levels, only the profits. How equal and fair is it to have manufacturing processes copied, transferred or stolen to places where the demands and protections upon business and workers are much less, but they still want to sell in our markets without tariffs. This is not free trade, only managed, one-sided trade that places profits over any other concern. It is the modern version of what used to be seen on the Southern US plantations years ago.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
I'm very curious, about the immigration laws that does not allow a mother of a US citizen born abroad or in the US to have a legal residential status in the US with her son, until he reaches the age of 21 years old, or she gets married. How could a child live without his mother until he reaches 21. Does that make any sense, or am I missing something about the law?

Hamze Moussa
TRC, Honduras

Dear Editor:
A major concern of Americans, is and rightfully about the security and defense of our people and country. Freedom doesn't mean anyone has the right to invade and break laws of another country to gain a dream, nor does it mean that our government should enforce laws that only apply to citizens, while illegal aliens trash our people, our laws, our country, our borders, our service and education systems with no consequences for their felon behavior. It's the threat of invasion of a country, potential passage for terrorist, digging holes and tunnels for unlawful passage into our country, over-staying visas, unknown illegals within, vicious and violent intruders turned loose on our streets, violent illegal gang and drug wars, aiding and abetting criminal activity, corruption, mexican militia crossing our borders questioning and trying to intimidate citizens. All of these atrocities result in mayhem and endangering lives of citizenry. As a result there has been a magnitude of: theft of people's identifications, buying, selling and using fraudulent social security cards, licenses, voter's registration cards, passports, visas, green cards and other government documents, driving with/without legal licenses, no insurance and a danger to all people. That this is a Latino problem, they take jobs American's won't do, can't do, or aren't doing, these illegals are on the low scale of income, they are all migrant workers, they will assimilate, pay taxes, pay fines, they will contribute, or even come out of the dark. History supports this is our country we are People of great diversity and compassion. The basis of our greatness is that we live by laws and welcome all immigrants that enter our lands lawfully. This is our government, borders, laws, language, customs and culture.

Sofia Courter
New Jersey

Dear Editor:
I certainly do agree that race is important to the immigration issue, in that Mr. Algase's letter (07/05/06 ID) and others who support illegal immigration want to make it so. Mr. Algase's letter itself indicated his motives were "racial justice", whatever that may mean, while President Bush has apparently decided that the U.S. and Mexico should merge their populations and is trying to make that happen by ignoring enforcement of our immigration laws. My ancestors, as Mr. Algase's letter notes, certainly did endure discrimination, and modern day Arabs still are, but then so did many immigrant groups we now consider "white": the Irish, Poles, Italians, Greeks, etc. As Mr. Algase's letter points out, immigration will change American society, and that is why it is the right, set forth in the Constitution, for the US to regulate immigration. We the people get to decide how many and who will enter here and under what conditions -not illegal aliens, or even "American" corporations. And it is our right to insist that immigrants adapt to our values, our standards, and our way of life, not us to theirs. There's also a very easy solution to the issues Mr. Algase's letter notes with felonization: illegal aliens and visa violators simply leave the U.S., which is, after all, the intent of the provision, not imprisonment. Mexico, our "brown" (to use Mr. Algase letter's terminology) neighbor, already has punishments for immigration violations equivalent to our "felony".

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
As several people would be enjoying the Citizens day, we hope and pray that the proposed immigration bill passed by the senate, would be helpful for millions of immgrants living in america, and they also get the prevelidege of celebrating the Citizen day in their lives.

Cyril Charles


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