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Immigration Daily September 22, 2006
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PERM Pointers, Pitfalls And Puzzles

The curriculum for "PERM Pointers, Pitfalls And Puzzles" is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Sep 28: Preparing To File A PERM Application

  • Who's PERM is it anyway?
  • How do I get the right Prevailing Wage?
  • Who holds the key to the minimum requirements?
  • What are the best recruitment sources?
  • How do I know when requirements are restrictive?
  • Is this a 2nd Preference or 3rd Preference case?

SECOND Phone Session on Oct 19, 2006: Preparing Form 9089 For Filing

  • How do I avoid a computer denial?
  • How do I fill out Part H to avoid a substantive denial?
  • How do I fill out Parts J & K to avoid a substantive denial?
  • What documentation must I have as back up to the 9089?
  • When is the "magic language" necessary?

THIRD Phone Session on Nov 2, 2006: After The 9089 Is Filed

  • Should I be concerned about audits and how do I best prepare?
  • What do I do if I get an audit?
  • Do I appeal, file a motion to reconsider, or re-file?
  • What evidence must the employee get to prove qualifications?
  • Was the 9089 properly filled out to make the I-140 process easier?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 26th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/september2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/september2006.pdf.


Article

Immigration Monthly: September 2006
Immigration Monthly features an article by Douglas E. Streusand and Harry D. Tunnell IV entitled, "Choosing Words Carefully: Language To Help Fight Islamic Terrorism".


News

DOS Correction On Review Of NIV Issuances And Refusals Final Rule
The Department of State issued corrections effective August 25, 2006 to a final rule expanding guidance to consular offices for the review of nonimmigrant visa issuances and refusals.


Classifieds

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.

Help Wanted: Immigration Consultants
Las Vegas, NV or Phoenix, AZ - Immigration and Citizenship Services, Inc. has immediate openings for immigration consultants. Have plans to expand quickly across America. Immigration consultant will act as liasion between USCIS, the client and the attorney. Experience, including but not limited to E's, L's H's, TN's, OPTS necessary. Experienced only. Typing skills, computer savvy, great verbal and written communication skills required. Fluency in another language not required but desirable. Competitive compensation offered, including paid medical, dental, and vision. Relocation package may be available for right candidate. Contact Fred D. Winchar, business manager at fred@ics.gs. This is a full-time position.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Manhattan boutique law firm seeks per diem lawyer to prepare and represent high-profile clients at USCIS interviews (AOS, 751, Natz) at NYC, Garden City, Newark. Approx. 40 cases per year. Must know the law and local procedures, be experienced, and have good client rapport. Please send resume, two references, with fee rates to LawyersNYC555@Hotmail.com.This is a blind ad posting.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, D.C. - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks an experienced attorney for the position of Litigation Coordination Counsel for its Headquarters Office. This position is primarily responsible for assisting in the provision of litigation support in immigration cases involving USCIS operational components. The role of the Litigation Coordination Counsel is to assist in the oversight and tracking of federal court litigation facing USCIS through coordination with OCC counsel located throughout the country and at HQ. Deadline is September 29, 2006. E-mail Evan.Franke@dhs.gov to apply. For detailed information, including duties, qualifications, benefits, see here or enter vacancy announcement #CIS-COU-2006-0011 in http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York City, NY - Hodgson Russ LLP, a 225-plus lawyer firm with offices in Buffalo, New York City, Albany, Boca Raton and Toronto seeks an associate attorney for our immigration group in our NYC office. Our group represents multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, scientists and specialized workers. We seek an attorney with experience counseling U.S. and foreign employers. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of business immigration experience. Please send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mariely Downey: mdowney@hodgsonruss.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Paralegal sought for small Nassau County, Long Island, immigration firm. Minimum 2 years' experience; bachelor's degree preferred. Must be detail - oriented, have Spanish knowledge, computer skills and good oral and written communication skills. Benefits package. Convenient to LIRR, Southern Parkway, buses, free parking. Send resume with salary requirements to: aboas@optonline.net.

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.

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.


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Of Counsel - New York, NY
Jones Garneau, LLP is pleased to announce that Sarah Thomas Maldonado, Esq. has become of counsel to our law firm and is heading our immigration law practice. Our firm represents both employers and individuals with a full range of immigration issues. 670 White Plains Road, PH, Scarsdale, NY 10583 (Tel: 914-472-2300) and 641 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (Tel: 212-759-2500). Email: smaldonado@jonesgarneau.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:
David D. Murray in his letter to the Editor (09/21/06 ID) asked what this French saying meant: "Qui n'a pas encore atteint l'autre rive ne doit pas se moquer de qui se noit." It was used in a letter to the editor of Sept. 20. A literal translation is, "He who has not yet reached the other bank [of a river] should not ridicule someone who is drowning [while trying to cross the same river]."

Allen C. Ladd, Esq.
Greenville, SC

Dear Editor:
Concerning Honza Prchal's letter (09/21/06 ID), I agree that one of the main arguments against the "enforcement only" approach is that it is unrealistic. Even if only existing immigration laws were enforced to the letter, it would create chaos and terror in immigrant communities, as well as a humanitarian and economic disaster in terms of broken families, closed businesses and diversion of law enforcement resources. The punitive proposals against legal as well as illegal immigrants which House leaders are seeking to attach to an appropriations bill would aggravate this situation to the point of creating a real "State of Emergency", not the fantasy of a Mexican takeover referred to in Patrick Buchanan's book. One can debate whether or not Buchanan is anti-Semitic, but there is little doubt that he has an unparalleled gift for making remarks which are certain to offend various minority groups. To mention only a few, he has called Asian IT professionals "computer braceros", praised Ronald Reagan's infamous visit to Bittburg, a German cemetery where SS troops were buried, called for an end to investigations of all concentration camp guards, not just one, and, beginning long before 9/11, called for a total immigration moratorium, a position which is so extreme that it would make even some of the ID letter section's most ardent restrictionistas seem like supporters of open borders, international treaties, world government and unrestrained globalism by comparison.

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Readers who would like to learn more about the Security and Prosperity Partnership with Mexico and Canada that would relegate our common borders to mere "speed bumps" with relatively free movement of people and goods, superseding our sovereignty with regional government, can visit the topic at the Wikipedia website and/or do a search. In responding to the letters of 9/21/06 ID, Honza Prchal's letter makes some good points, but the conclusion that tough laws and enforcement "undermines our rule of law" is contrary to all experience and is the opposite of the truism. It is the enforcement of laws that honors them and gives them validity. Commenting on Robert Yang's letter, how can he assimiliate with his letter's tirade against Pilgrims, Americans and plug for illegal labor? Two Iowa State University agricultural economists estimated that removing all illegal farmworkers would increase prices on fruits and vegetables only 6% initially, dropping to 3% as imports took up the slack and farmers mechanized their operations or shifted out of labor intensive crops, as labor is such a small percent of all production costs. At least Roger Algase's letter is consistent as his sympathies always are with the concerns and convenience of migrants, ignoring other societal consequences and national interests. Concealed carry permittees always have to carry their cards and who can get through the day without a drivers license, credit, insurance and other cards? Firearm purchasers can be charged with a felony for filling out a BATF form wrong, and this is for citizens exercising a Constitutional right. HR 4437 merely brings migrants "up to speed" with the modern bureaucratic maze that we all live in. If terrorists "hate us for our freedoms", they should be liking us more all the time.

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
I find it challenging that Roger Algase's letters reflect an inability to envision the analogy that a green card is the equivalent of a vehicle operator's license with exception that the driver's license merely allows folk on the roads. The green card, I-94 permiso etc. allows individuals to walk the streets with some assurances they will not be yanked into a police station and detained until fingerprint/name checks confirm oral protestations of legal status. Border Patrol Agents issue citations for 8 USC 1304(e). Others may simply lock the person up overnight pending complaint and warrant. I would hate to be the client spending the night in jail because of bad legal advice.

Tim Houghtaling, USINS retired


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