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Immigration Daily October 27, 2006
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Comment

Lawyer Advertising

A Law.com news story reports, "Expressing grave concerns over the constitutionality, practicality and fair enforcement of proposed new restrictions on attorney advertising, major bar groups are urging court administrators to seek a more narrowly tailored and focused response to the perceived and actual ills of lawyer self-promotion and solicitations." For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

PERM Pointers, Pitfalls And Puzzles

The curriculum for the phone session on Nov 2, 2006 "After The 9089 Is Filed" is as follows:

  • 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, October 31st. 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

Successful Terminations
Kathleen Brady writes "A well-organized departure checklist coordinating the administrative tasks ensures a smooth transition in both [voluntary and involuntary departures of associates and staff]."


News

President Bush Signs Secure Fence Act
President Bush signed The Secure Fence Act (H.R. 6061). For the entire text of the Enrolled version of H.R. 6061, see here. For the press release, see here.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Toronto, Canada - Global corporate immigration law firm seeks two US licensed attorneys with a minimum of two years experience practicing business immigration law, must have knowledge of both temporary work visas and permanent resident applications. Please submit your resume to Lonnie Wellman at: lwellman@gt-hrlaw.com or by fax to 416-943-0289.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, 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 NYC immigration group. We represent 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
Boutique immigration law firm located in beautiful downtown San Diego seeks immigration paralegal to handle employment-based immigration matters, including immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing. Excellent academic credentials with a minimum Bachelors degree; strong verbal, written and organizational skills; computer literacy; and 2-3 years of employment-based immigration experience required. Ideal candidate has ability to produce high volume of accurate work product in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must also be self-motivated and detail-oriented. We offer a competitive salary + benefits package. Email resume with salary history/requirements to Odette at: admin@malitzlaw.com. No phone calls, please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, & Loewy, LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm is seeking experienced immigration paralegals for both the New Jersey and New York Offices. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of corporate based immigration experience and will be able to work in a high volume case-processing environment. Candidate will have extensive client contact and will utilize case management and billing systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. Collge degree, MS Word, and Windows 2000 required. The Firm offers higly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. All qualified candidates interested in working in either our NJ or NY locations please send resume + salary history to kiulo@fragomen.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
North Yonkers, NY - Avoid the commute to NYC. Growing solo practitioner, with offices located near mass transportation, seeks bi-lingual (Spanish) paralegal with 1+ years experience. Experience with family based, naturalization, labor certifications, and professional visas. Ideal candidate is detail oriented and organized with excellent typing, writing and communication skills. Salary negotiable based on experience. Congenial office environment. E-mail resume with cover letter to Donald London: Londonlaw@verizon.net.

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
Small boutique firm in West Los Angeles seeking full time immigration assistant/paralegal. The individual will assist attorneys in the preparation of visa packages, non immigrant and immigrant petition applications and some office administration. Experience with family based, business, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized and conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Proficiency in languages other than English a plus. Submit resume + salary requirements to rebecca@rebeccaholt.com. Please indicate in subject line: Immigration Assistant position.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel seeks attorney to work as Associate Counsel in the National Security & Records Verification Law Division (NSRVLD) at USCIS Headquarters. Provide legal advice and consultation in discussions with heads of USCIS units, and will work with USCIS managers to improve security check and fraud detection processes. Assist in coordination of legal issues involving national security, criminal and fraud matters with other agencies and will also provide litigation support in cases before the Federal courts. Experience in immigration-related criminal and national security legal issues preferred. Submit resume, writing sample (max. 5pps.) + cover letter discussing work experience regarding immigration-related criminal and national security issues to: Julia Doig Wilcox, NSRVLD Chief, at Julia.Wilcox@dhs.gov (attachments in MS Word or Adobe PDF format). All submissions must be received by close of business Friday, November 3, 2006. Position is at the GS-13 through GS-15 ($77,353-$139,774) levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement offered. For more info., see here.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Los Angeles, CA - Expanding immigration law firm seeks experienced full-time immigration attorneys. Qualifications: Knowledge and experience in employment and family immigration law, including various IVs and NIVs. Fluency in written and spoken Korean & English required. Strong organizational, writing, research, and communication skills essential. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Youngok S. Kim by fax: 213-381-5790 or email: info@kimyoungoklaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Chicago, IL - Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., a 30 attorney firm, seeks licensed attorneys to join its immigration practice group. Our practice serves a diverse clientele with business, family, and removal immigration services. Associate: At least 1 to 3 years of immigration experience; and Senior Associate: At least 4 years of immigration experience, including case management. Fluency in Spanish is preferred for both positions. Please email your resume and cover letter explaining interest in the position to: rfernandez@hsplegal.com.

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comingsNgoings

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New Attorney - Chicago, IL
Azulay, Horn & Seiden, LLC (AHS), based in Chicago, is pleased to announce that Laura Bhat has recently joined the firm. Phone: 312-832-9200. Email: info@ahslaw.com. Website: www.ahslaw.com.

New Appointment - USCIS Refugee, Asylum, International Operations Directorate
USCIS Director Emilio T. Gonzalez announced the appointment of Lori Scialabba as the Associate Director of USCIS Refugee, Asylum and International Operations Directorate. Ms. Scialabba will be responsible for overseeing the asylum and refugee programs, the administration of USCIS international operations and leading approximately 800 employees worldwide. Before joining DHS, she most recently served as Chairman of the BIA at the Department of Justice, EOIR since August 2002.


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:
Responding to Mr. Alexander's letter (10/26/06 ID), I suggest that Mr. Alexander take a walk through the malls of his - and my - metropolitan area. Few retail stores do not have hiring signs on display. The jobs offered do not require much education. These stores are not able to hire the undocumented and obviously are failing to attract legal workers. My county has an unemployment rate of about 2.2%. We have a shortage of legally-authorized workers.

Paul Good, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Although I sometimes agree with some of the positions on illegal immigration taken by Mr. Alexander in his letters (10/26/06 ID), I strongly disagree with his recent letter responding to the good-hearted Ms. Bilyou (10/240/2006) which states that he has two native-born Hispanic nephews who work in the auto industry and are "... in direct competition for unskilled jobs with illegal aliens, remembering, of course, that most illegal aliens don't work in agriculture and leave it as quickly as they can." Remembering? Of course? Direct competition? In the auto industry? What is the basis for this statistic? Mr. Alexander's letter chastises Mr. Bilyou by saying, "Ms. Bayou's letter also ignores the fact that many illegal aliens are murderers and rapists, and that the prescription for illegal aliens who don't commit other crimes is deportation, not imprisonment." Another "fact" posed by Mr. Alexander's letter, trying to make Ms. Bilyou look bad by referencing that her letter ignores illegal aliens who are murderers and rapists. Preposterous. Why in the world should Ms. Bilyou have addressed this subject? And Mr. Alexander's letter's closing clincher, is the nonsensical statement, "... We're already being squeezed by having to compete for affordable housing and services with illegals." Yes, why indeed, but where in fantasyland does the statistic come from that shows that Mr. Alexander is actually competing for anything with illegal aliens, especially "housing and services", unless of course he himself is driven underground by his immigration status, living ten people to a house, picking up jobs where he can, has no social security card, no driver's license, no employment authorization, and has a family to support in a third world country.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Re: Mr. Silk's letter (10/26/06 ID), if we do not maintain control of the domestic labor market, then we'd better prepare for a standard of living like those of the Third World countries that many immigrants are fleeing. Allowing unlimited immigration would be likely to turn us into a country such as Mexico, with a very, very small wealthy elite, a large number of poor people for whom the government provides few basic services, and relatively few middle class. This is precisely why Americans are concerned about the increasing disparity in incomes in this country. It is the middle class which has enabled this country to prosper. By definition, markets consist of people with enough money to buy goods and services. Producers throughout the world still count heavily on the U.S. market, largely the Middle Class, to be able to afford to buy everything from fruit to furs to cars and computers. As for Ms. Cogill's comments (10/26/06 ID) about "using" the skills of an H-4, if the market demanded her "skills", then an employer would be willing to sponsor her for her own H1-B. As it is, she would likely end up competing against Americans for any job she does take, which is contrary to the specified intent of the H1-B program. The H1-B is still a nonimmigrant visa, not a green card, and as the saying goes, "there's many a slip 'twixt tongue and lip." That foregone income, the cost of living here, and the annual limit of 140,000 employment-based green cards should have factored into her family's decision to accept an H1-B, and remain on one.

Ali Alexander


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