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Immigration Daily September 8, 2006
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Various Items

Today's Immigration Daily issue features several items of interest including an article on business planning for lawyers, a recent federal court decision, a number of help wanted ads, and eight letters to the Editor. Please scroll below to find the item(s) of interest to you.

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


Focus

PERM Practice Here And Now

The curriculum for the Sep 14th phone session is as follows:

  • Ins and Outs of SWA Job Orders
  • Tips on Sunday Ads
  • Recruitment Options for Professionals
  • Notice Requirements & Layoffs
  • Alien Data, Current Address & INS Status
  • Proving Alien Qualifications on 9089: Education, Training and Work Experience
  • Documenting Special Requirements & Licenses
  • How & When to Use the Magic Language
  • Who Has to Sign the 9089 and When?
  • Employer Declarations
  • What to Do After Filing!
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 12th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/july2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/july2006.pdf.


Article

Business Planning For Lawyers
Edward Poll writes "Law is a profession; in order to succeed, lawyers must act in a businesslike way. But ... lawyers tend to be technicians who want to do what they love doing: negotiating, drafting, litigating, etc. They don't want to run a business, they don't want to spend time seeking new clients, and they don't want to do business planning."


News

Undone Actions By Agency Seeking Removal Merit Continuance
In Merchant v. Gonzales, Nos. 05-13086 and 05-11949 (11th Cir. Aug. 25, 2006), the court said that it was an abuse of discretion to deny Petitioner a continuance where he had timely filed for a labor certification for 245(i) purposes, which had been approved, had filed an I-140 and an I-485, and had shown that a visa number was immediately available, and the only undone actions were those to be performed by DHS, the very agency seeking his removal.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP, a global immigration law firm seeks an immigration paralegal with 2+ years of corporate immigration experience for both our New York and New Jersey locations. The ideal candidate will be able to work in a high volume case processing environment and will prepare labor certification (PERM) applications. Candidate will have extensive client contact and will utilize case management and billing systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. BA/BS degree and experience with Windows 2000 required. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and growth opportunities. Candidates interested in both the NJ and NY offices please submit resume and salary requirements to kiulo@fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature, conscientious and detail-oriented experienced attorney (minimum 2 years experience). Must have experience in handling both family and business immigration cases, preferably in a small firm environment. Must have excellent research and English writing skills. Candidates with Spanish language proficiency will be considered first. We prefer applicants who are already local to the Washington, DC area. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage). Please send resume + writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or paulhaar@aol.com. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Small downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature, conscientious and detail-oriented senior paralegal (minimum 5 years experience in an immigration firm). Must have experience in handling both family and business immigration cases, preferably in a small firm environment. Must have excellent research and English writing skills. Candidates with Spanish language proficiency will be considered first. We prefer applicants who are already local to the Washington, DC area. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage). Please send resume + writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or paulhaar@aol.com. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - Merrill R. Cohen & Associates, PC, a boutique business immigration law firm in Midtown Manhattan seeks experienced lawyer to manage own caseload, primarily consisting of EB1, EB2, PERM, O-1, E-1 and L-1A petitions, with some motions/appeals and family-based work. The Associate will have a great deal of client contact. From time-to-time, he or she will represent clients at Section 245 and EOIR hearings. Our diverse clientele includes research hospitals, small and large businesses, as well as professionals in a wide variety of fields, including actors, musicians and athletes. Ideal candidate will be self-motivated and organized, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. Minimum 3 years experience. Salary DOE + benefits. Please email resume, cover letter + references to: mbailey@cohenlawfirm.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. 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 + cover letter in MS Word format to mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit www.adnet-nyc.com, or email us at information@adnet-nyc.com. Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.

Back Office Services
We offer a wide range of back-office & clerical support services to immigration attorneys in NIV and IVs, including managing checklists, form completion, drafting cover/employer letters, consular processing assistance, follow-up/correspondence with clients and other related services. Our services cover document generation, data entry, accounts, scheduling/calendaring, clerical & archival. Adnet Services, Inc. http://www.adnetservices-nyc.com. Headquartered in New York City, Adnet Services provides the highest quality services to law firms enabling them to cost effectively and securely outsource law firm back office processes, and focus on increasing earning, growth and servicing their clients. We work as your partner offering tailored services that accelerate product delivery. With state-of-the-art communication facilities and infrastructure, our offsite center functions as a virtual extension of your office providing 24 x 7 support and significant cost savings. Convenient billing options are available. For more info. Contact Johaina Mumtaz at johaina.mumtaz@adnetservices-nyc.com or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Book
Migration, Immigration and Social Policy, Edited by Catherine Jones Finer. From the description: "This thought-provoking and authoritative collection of papers tackles a subject of urgent international concern - migration, immigration and social policy. The volume's thirteen authors are drawn from diverse academic and professional backgrounds." More info: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1405146680/


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 the proposals in my letter in the September 6 issue of ID to make the H-1B system fairer and more efficient (which, by the way, would make it easier for lawyers to charge moderate or reduced fees, while achieving more reliable results for their clients) Narsingh's letter (ID 09/07/06) sets forth a sarcastic proposal to grant visas to all bachelor degree holders, whether they have a job here or not. At the same time, MH's letter (ID 09/07/06) presents the usual caricature of H-1B lawyers as greedy fat cats who charge outrageous fees to get visas for foreign pseudo-professionals, while more and more unemployed American workers join the breadlines. Read as humor or fiction, the letters were fun to read.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York NY

Dear Editor:
I write in response to Ben Taririís letter (ID 09/07/06) where he says that AILA has no power and does not influence lawmakers: "But look at the reality - it seems that the government makes regulations, and somtimes even allows AILA members to chime in, to seem even-handed. But it then goes on and makes the rule or reglation the way it always wanted in the first place, without regard for any input from AILA." I used to work in the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker several years ago, and I personally witnessed the constant back-and forth faxes and discussions between the offices of U.S. Senators sponsoring legislation and my supervisor, who was a top member of AILA at the executive level for many years. Excuse me, but AILA in fact drafts significant quantities of proposed legislation for our members of Congress. How did the H-1B cap increase before Y2K? How did we get 20,000 more H-1B visas for Masterís degree graduates? Congress wants our expertise as immigration lawyers and relies on immigration experts for input where appropriate. However, as I am sure my esteemed colleague Mr. Tariri knows, the legislative process is very complex, and full of procedural machinations, negotiations and deals. AILA can only accomplish changes in the law that follow what legislators are willing to sponsor or agree to. We need more "friendlies" in Congress. The truth is, unless we all make calls and send letters to Congress, their opinions wonít change and the law wonít change for the better, either. Itís easy to say "AILA doesnít get our legislative agenda through" but the truth is, donít blame AILA. Blame anybody who is in favor of change that doesnít actively participate in contacting Congress to make their opinion heard.

Cherie E. Cookorinis, Esq.
Atlanta, GA

Dear Editor:
I would like to thank Derryck (ID 09/07/06) for commenting about my comment (09/06/06) about Arnold Schwarzenegger's comment about "girly men", but Derryck's response is inaccurate when his letter claims Arnold made the "girly men" statement at the Republican Convention in New York. Actually, Arnold originally made the statement at a shopping mall rally in California, by saying, "If they (Democratic legislators) don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers, and I want them to make the millions of dollars - if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men." That statement, and Arnold's smiling face, was broadcast that very same evening on the local news, and we Californians remember it well, because while the phrasing was a bit unique (and of course angered gays and lesbians who took it the wrong way), it expressed the opinion of many Californians who saw that the past Democratic administrations of Governor Gray Davis, and the predominately Democratic California legislature, had lead our fair state into fiscal disaster. In its origin, apparently, the "girlie men" line became a comic landmark after being uttered by Dana Carvey in a comedy skit sometime in the 1980's on the "Saturday Night Live" television show, that poked fun at Arnold Schwarzenegger, the then Austrian-born bodybuilder and movie star, now turned politician. But whatever Arnold was referring to, Democratic California legislators, or as Derryck says, "all Democrats, who fit the profile he was describing," I say it applies equally to all politicians across the board, both Republican and Democrat, who because of personal greed, power-mongering, and pandering to special interests, have over the past century have sold America to the highest bidder.

David D. Murray, Esq.,
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
I didn't know there was an ombudsman. Who is he/she??

Sally Yoakum, Esq.
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Editor:
Mr. Murray's letter (ID 09/07/06) says "Until America decides what immigration law is best for the 21st Century, the undocumented must respect the current law, and must thereafter respect the new law - even if they do not agree with it. In the meantime, they should turn to their own countries to find a solution to their economic plight, and do what Americans did to gain our freedom, democracy and economic success, as individuals and as a nation - fight for it." This statement is confusing. His letter suggests that the undocumented should do what Americans did to gain our freedom. However, this country was started by people who, rather than turn to their own countries to find a solution to their plight, left their own countries, went to a different land, killed off almost all of the original inhabitants while breaking treaty after treaty it made with those it let live, and flourished economically by enslaving millions who were used as free labor. Is his letter suggesting that the undocumented do that? If not (and I assume his letter is not) then his letter's suggestion to do as "Americans did" doesnít appear to make sense.

Justin Randolph, Esq.

Dear Editor:
My name is David Criddle and currently I'm looking for work as a clerk or paralegal in the area of Immigration law. I was informed that through ILW.COM that there was a link to job classifieds. I have been unable to find it. Please help me; if there is No Job Posting on ILW.COM, please let me know that too.

David Criddle, Paralegal

Editor's Note: The help wanted ads appear above the Letters to the Editor section, immediately above the ComingsNGoings section. We frequently and regularly carry ads for help wanted for paralegal positions across the country.

Dear Editor:
For years, there are those in our industry and government that would have us believe that there are massive shortages of skilled citizen professional workers in the United States, thus justifying the continued existence (and further expansion) of the H-1B visa program to bring in skilled foreign workers. However, I would just like to point out this closing paragraph from an article by immigration attorney Joel Stewart that was published by ILW.COM: "When employers feel the need to legalize aliens, it may be due to a shortage of suitable U.S. workers, but even in a depressed economy, Employers who favor aliens have an arsenal of legal means to reject all U.S. workers who apply."

Steve Landess
Austin, Texas

Dear Editor:
While the slick Frank Sharry article (9/6/06 ID) attempts to portray views of being the "new center", the reality is a rehash of the same far left, liberal and NWO extreme open or very loose border positions using half truths and inaccurate verbiage seen before from pro-amnesty and high entry advocates. This can be verified by viewing NIF's Board of Directors. The present system is accurately described as "dysfunctional", but the lack of serious enforcement of present laws and unjust benefits available are not mentioned as the reasons, and advocating legalizing that which is illegal or tolerated now. Roger Algase's letters have also claimed to be reasonable and in support of limits while calling for unlimited H-1B entrants and dilution and discrimination of whites. In the analogy of immigration and highway speed limits, it is those who advocate unlimited rates who are extreme, unsafe and promote disorder, while the restrictionist position is the prudent one that history has shown is wise. Steven Camorata (CIS) points out that as of 2005, we have about 35.2 million immigrants, the highest number ever recorded and 2.5 times the 13.5 million of the 1910 surge. Robert Rector (Heritage Fdn.) conservatively estimates the SB would add at least 100 million or as high as 200 million from all sources. It is simply irresponsible to advocate higher numbers with all of the associated problems of overpopulation. These concerns should answer "anikins" questions who is apparently here illegally. We simply cannot accept, even legally, the numbers of all those who would come here, many illegally, who have countries of their own. America is not the Day Labor Center for the world, and should primarily be reserved for our own posterity, not unlimited or high numbers of foreigners for the benefit of special interests.

R. L. Ranger


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


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