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Request For Proposal

The NYC Human Resources Administration/Dept of Social Services administers the local social service district in NYC, including public assistance and employment programs, food stamp programs, Medicaid, housing assistance. In order to comply with federal and state immigration and public benefits law and to reinforce the importance of correctly identifying applicants and recipients, NYC goverment solicits bids from qualified bidders for immigration and public benefits curriculum development and training. All submissions are due by email by 5pm EST, Tuesday, November 7, 2006. For more information, see here.

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


Focus

Immigration Practice by Robert C. Divine And R. Blake Chisam 2006-2007 Edition

Immigration Practice by Robert C. Divine & R. Blake Chisam 2006-2007 Edition is an invaluable supplement to Kurzban's with a different approach. It is also useful to newer practitioners and paralegals in view of its easy to understand and practical style. This new up-to-date reference work is shipping now! For more info, see here


Article

The Issue Is Immigration
John Courage writes "We need a common-sense, comprehensive solution to the problem of illegal immigration. Enforcement-only does not work."


News

BIA Should Decide De Novo Whether Two Children Without More Provides Well-Founded Fear Of Persecution
In Shao v. BIA, No. 04-3965-ag, (2nd Cir. Oct. 12, 2006), the court in remanding to the BIA said that the BIA should decide in the first instance whether having two children in violation of China's family planning policy, may - on that basis alone, without any need for particularized evidence of past persecution or threats to future harm - qualify as a "refugee" as defined by the INA."


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Lincoln area, NE - USCIS Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) seeks experienced attorney for the position of Service Center Counsel at the Nebraska Service Center. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing legal advice to Nebraska Service Center personnel on issues involving immigration related adjudications, inadmissibility and deportability grounds, and national security. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least one year of post J.D. experience. Applicants must submit cover letter, resume, + writing sample. Send to: Reid Tilson at Reid.Tilson@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business Friday, November 17, 2006. GS13-GS15 levels and is open until filled. No relocation reimbursement available. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: CIS-COU-2006-0015 at USAJobs.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
West Los Angeles-15 person leading immigration law firm seeks legal assistant/paralegal. Candidate should have 1+ years of immigration experience. Will be trained to prepare primarily L & E visas. Must have excellent writing, typing, case management and communication skills. BA Degree preferred. Also, must be detailed oriented, organized, conscientious and care about clients. If you are interested in working in a very congenial atmosphere and meet the stated requirements, please e-mail your resume and salary requirements to Mark Ivener at mark@usworkvisa.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Maggio & Kattar, a nationally recognized Washington, D.C. immigration law firm, seeks exceptional Business Immigration Paralegal with minimum two years business immigration experience. Must have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Excellent work environment, salary and benefits. Visit www.maggio-kattar.com. Please email resume, statement of interest and salary requirements to jobs@maggio-kattar.com or fax (202) 483-6801. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Toronto, Canada - Greenburg Turner, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking 2 experienced attorneys with a minimum of two years practicing business immigration law handling a high volume caseload. Candidates must be experienced handling a range of nonimmigrant (H-1B, TN, L,) and immigrant (PERM, permanent residency) matters. Candidate must have the ability to provide exceptional client service and case management skills. Please submit your resume to: lwellman@gt-hrlaw.com.

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.

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.

Case Management Technology
At ImmigrationTracker our clients say it best: "Our criteria for choosing a solution were simple: I wanted an integrated system that was powerful but easy to use. The fact that many of my most respected colleagues use Tracker made the decision a no-brainer" Steve Clark, Managing Attorney, Flynn & Clark. While other vendors talk about bells and whistles, we talk about our track record: 13 Past AILA Presidents, 18 of the 25 largest immigration firms and thousands of immigration professionals who rely on ImmigrationTracker. While others talk about building and customizable systems, we partner with AILA's best attorneys and build it for you -- so you don't have to. If you have been promised the moon but have been left with cheese, give us a call and find out why more firms trust Tracker than anyone else. Call us for a free guided demo at 1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email sales@immigrationtracker.com or visit us at www.immigrationtracker.com.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

Immigration Event - Claremont, CA
The following event, 'Immigration's Impact on Society' will be held at Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Claremont McKenna College 385 East 8th Street, Claremont, CA. 6:45 p.m., November 1, 2006. http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/mmca/cur_fall_06.asp. Speaker: Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies.


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:
Ali Alexander's letter's conclusion (10/31/06 ID) that hiring signs only indicate the normal churning of the workforce and openings due to students returning to school is too seasonally oriented to be creditable. Apparently he has not talked with owners/managers of the stores which have done the postings. Had he extended himself in this way he would have learned that there are indeed actual shortages of interested U.S. eligible workers even after the students become available during the summers and holidays. He may also not be aware that the interest shown in part-time work by students today is far more limited than it was during the days decades ago when I was a student. He also makes no mention of another limitation of today's unskilled work force, i.e. the rapid turn-over. Some small retail clients of mine are sorely frustrated by a monthly turnover of 50% or more. How they wish they could employ the undocumented who are willing to work overtime, are dependable, and have no desire to try a new job every month.

Paul Good, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Responding to Ms. Gogill's letter (10/30/06 ID), I have several graduate degrees, am a statistician, and university faculty member. I am an Arab-American whose grandparents came here, although I have visited my grandparents' villages in their homelands, so I know where they came from. I have also taught extensively in the Middle East, and have had many friends and students seeking legal admission here, often unsuccessfully. I also have blue collar roots and believe strongly that it should be the job of the federal government to regulate the admission of immigrants to protect the welfare of Americans and American workers. If the H1-B program in fact did so, I wouldn't have a problem with it. However, there are loopholes and abuses, including the control employers have for the several years it takes for a worker to get a green card. Try reading some of the websites frequented by H1-Bs and you'll find that they talk about how much better off they'll be once they get a GC and can leave their current employer for higher wages or better conditions, not even realizing that they're supporting the objections Americans have to the program. No one knows exactly how many H1-bs are here, where they are, what they're doing, if they left when they were supposed to, or even if they received green cards. Immigration even issued 10,000 more visas one year than it was supposed to. In response to Ms. Cogill's comment that she's in the process of getting a green card, great. However, the fact that I applied for a job does not mean I can go around representing myself as having it. If and when Ms. Cogill gets her green card, or her own H-1B, I wish her good luck in her job hunt.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
President Bush assured us while signing the Secure Fence Act (27/10/06 ID) that the Act will make our borders more secure, and is also part of our efforts to reform our immigration system. Furthermore, he said that funding for border security have been made more than doubled from $4.6 billion in 2001 to $10.4 billion this year, and also Border Patrol agents have been increased to 12,000 from 9,000 and the number of agents will have been made doubled during his presidency. From his statement now we are rest assured that there will be no people sneaking in our land from the southern border. This will control about 60% illegals trying to sneak in. This is his very good action to control illegals. But, he did not say anything about the foreign people who enter our land by air or sea and overstay their visa. Nearly about $4 billion are being spent on ICE, but we hardly hear that illegals who came here by air or sea are apprehended and deported. A strong legislation is needed to control the foreign people to be illegals by overstaying their visa.

S. Salike


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