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Focus

PERM 2007: What Will The Year Of The Pig Bring?

Speakers: Mitchell L. Wexler, Jonathan C. Adams, Andrew B. Greenfield, Paull Hejinian, Aniko Kalnoki, Ann Pinchak and Linda Rose

FIRST Phone Session on Jan 25:

  • Pre-filing checklists (including Layoffs)
  • Prevailing Wage Issues
  • Job Order Issues
  • Refile/No refile Decision
  • What are the Actual Minimum Requirements for the Job?
  • Recruitment Types, content & Timing
  • Developing Business Necessity Documentation
  • SECOND Phone Session on Feb 8:

  • Current experiences with auto denials
  • How to handle roving employees in the form
  • Other controversial items on the form - requirements normal to the occupation,
    special requirements, language requirements
  • Interplay between section H & J, with hypos
  • Matching SVP with alternative requirements
  • Dealing with alternative requirements, including MS+? or BS +
    5 cases (filling out the form)- hypos
  • Magic language - how and when to use it correctly
  • Is it a professional occupation?
  • THIRD Phone Session on Mar 1:

  • I-140 issues (including EB2 with B+5)
  • Audit issues: the record so far
  • Motions to Reconsider: what works, what does not work
  • Alternatives to MTRs
  • Document retention
  • The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, January 24th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2007.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/january2007.pdf.


    Article

    Sometimes Imperfect Reform Is Better Than Perfect Deportation
    Alfredo Gutierrez writes "Delay in passing comprehensive immigration reform, or at the very least the DREAM Act (which would provide a path to lawful permanent residence for hundreds of thousands of undocumented high-school graduates), will have immediate and tragic consequences for thousands of Latino kids in Arizona."

    You Need Points To Win
    Paul Donnelly writes "The phrase "earned legalization" may yet prove to be the 'New Coke' of the immigration debate: it seemed like such a good idea - until it didn't work."


    News

    CRS On Permanent Admission
    The Congressional Research Service released an updated version of its report on permanent admissions.


    Classifieds

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    New York, NY - Law Offices of Wildes & Weinberg seeks immigration paralegal with 2+ years experience in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant related matters. Must possess good writing skills and be able to work in a high volume environment. Submit resume and cover letter to: paralegalresume@wildesweinberg.com.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC seeks experienced business immigration paralegal to work in our corporate immigration practice. Position involves providing paralegal support to firm's attorneys in securing temporary work visas and permanent residence for corporate clients and their employees; coordinating with clients to obtain necessary information and/or documents to complete cases; researching immigration laws, procedures and regulations; preparing applications and petitions including H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, J-1, E-1/2, B-1, PERM alien labor certifications, I-140 immigrant petitions, adjustment of status and consular processing. Ideal candidates will have 3-5 years of experience as a business immigration paralegal, coupled with an undergraduate degree, excellent communication and organizational skills, knowledge of PC applications, and the ability to work independently. Excellent compensation and benefits package, coupled with an outstanding, collegial work environment. G&A offers a business-casual dress policy, health insurance, 401(K) with generous match, free parking, and more. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to careers@goellaw.com, or fax to (703) 796-9232. All submissions will be kept confidential. EOE.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    The Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC), USCIS, DHS seeks experienced attorney with demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD) in Washington, D.C. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their resume, citing qualifications and work experience, writing samples and the responses provided during a structured interview if selected. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. Deadline to apply: Feb. 9, 5pm ET. Applicants must submit: (1) cover letter that demonstrates specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them (2) current resume (3) two writing samples. Send to Claudia Salem, Acting Chief, ALD, OCC, USCIS, Suite 4210, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20529 or email (MS Word format or readable using Adobe Acrobat (for scanned documents) to Claudia.Salem@dhs.gov. For more info., see here. Include Experienced Attorney position, ALD, USCIS in subject header. GS-13 -GS-15 level, DOE. No relocation expenses. EOE.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks a Global Immigration Coordinator in its New Jersey office. Ideal candidate will assist in advising multinational corporations, specialized workers and individuals about employability in foreign countries. Must have proven experience with extensive client contact and in working with foreign government agencies and attorneys. Responsibilities include legal research, fact analysis, and document preparation. Must capable of demonstrating excellence in a congenial team environment. College degree (B.A. or B.S.) required. Superior writing, computer and organizational skills essential. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to recruitment@fragomen.com. EOE.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks a Global Immigration Coordinator in its New Jersey office. Ideal candidate will assist in advising multinational corporations, specialized workers and individuals about employability in foreign countries. Must have proven experience with extensive client contact and in working with foreign government agencies and attorneys. Responsibilities include legal research, fact analysis, and document preparation. Must capable of demonstrating excellence in a congenial team environment. College degree (B.A. or B.S.) required. Superior writing, computer and organizational skills essential. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to recruitment@fragomen.com. EOE.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks immigration paralegals for exceptional opportunities in its New Jersey location. Ideal candidates will have 1-4 years of experience counseling US and foreign employers on a range of immigration issues, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, and O-1, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented. College degree (B.S. or B.A.) and excellent writing skills are required. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to recruitment@fragomen.com. EOE.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Downtown Chicago - Law Offices of Robert D. Ahlgren & Associates, P.C. seeks experienced legal assistant with knowledge of family and employment based immigration matters. Candidate must speak Spanish, possess good communication skills in both English and Spanish, and excellent writing and organizational abilities. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision. Competitive salary offered. Benefits include health insurance and retirement savings plan. Submit resume and cover letter to: lduckett@lawgren.com.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    Toronto, Canada - Greenberg Turner, a Canadian corporate Immigration law firm, seeks two 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. At our firm we strive for quality in our legal practice, promoting cooperation from each other. Please submit your resume to Lonnie Wellman at: lwellman@gt-hrlaw.com or by fax to 416-943-0289.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual sought for business immigration paralegal position. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills required. Prior business immigration experience desired. Great opportunity for individual interested in challenging, exciting work with international clientele; excellent career advancement possibilities and work environment. Competitive salary and benefits. Visit www.maggio-kattar.com. Please email resume, salary requirements, and references to: jobs@maggio-kattar.com or fax (202)483-6801, Attn: Aaron McCommons. No calls please.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Bretz & Coven, LLP is an AV rated NYC immigration law firm specializing in deportation defense. We are seeking an admitted attorney experienced with: (1) immigration court; (2) adjustment of status and naturalization interviews; (3) brief and motion practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Court; and (4) federal court. Qualified applicants only. Submit resume, writing sample, and cover letter (include salary requirements) to: jobs@bretzlaw.com.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    NYC, NY - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the leading global immigration law firm, seeks an associate with 1-3 years of business immigration experience to represent multinational corporations, specialized workers and individuals. Candidate must have experience counseling US and foreign employers on a range of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, and O-1, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must have outstanding academic credentials, superior writing skills and be ambitious and capable of demonstrating excellence in a congenial team environment. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to recruitment@fragomen.com. EOE.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Houston, TX - Immigration practice seeks a legal assistant with experience in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa processing, including labor certification applications. Must be detail-oriented with excellent verbal, written, organizational and computer skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Bachelor's degree plus 2 years experience required. Please fax or e-mail resume & writing sample to 713-888-0812 or info@ilaganbachman.com.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Small established downtown NYC immigration practice seeks associate with 2+ years of employment-based immigration experience, including PERM. Candidates should also have knowledge of family-based and naturalization matters. Must have excellent research, writing, communication and case management skills and be able to work with minimal supervision. Competitive salary/benefits. Submit resume and cover letter to Lynne R. Newkofsky, Esq.: lnewkofsky@newkofsky.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Sydney, Australia - Fragomen Consular Practice seeks experienced associate attorney to manage expanding US immigration consular practice. Primary responsibilities include: (1) oversee preparation of non-immigrant and immigrant consular submissions, (2) consult with clients regarding general US immigration law and procedure, appropriate visa category, potential inadmissibility to the US or eligibility for waiver of inadmissibility, and (3) liaise with US consular staff and Fragomen colleagues. Position involves extensive client contact and use of internal case management and billing system to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. Ideal candidates have 3-5+ years business immigration legal experience managing high volume caseload. Superior academic credentials, excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills required. EOE. Please submit cover letter, resume, law school transcript + writing sample to: Jacqueline V. Guynn, Esq. Recruiting Manager: recruitment@fragomen.com. EOE.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, seeks experienced immigration attorney with significant employment-based immigration experience. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. We provide opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; have highly competitive salaries and benefits; informal, unpretentious office atmosphere; and demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. Position requires excellent academic credentials, 3+ years' substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, communication and writing skills. Only qualified candidates will be considered. Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Ideal candidate must be client-service focused and thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities encouraged to apply.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
    Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz needs immigration paralegals (for Chattanooga, Memphis, Nashville, & Washington, D.C. offices) to assist lawyers, work with diverse clientele and use sophisticated computer systems to prepare, track and manage immigration applications. Requires detail oriented, highly organized individual having bachelor's degree, experience with complex process management in automated environment, commitment to customer service, and clear verbal and written English skills. Experience as paralegal, experience with immigration procedures, and other language fluency preferred. Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/H/D/V. Send resume to Lynn Schuster lschuster@bakerdonelson.com specifying desired location. No calls please.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks three mid-level associates to join its research and policy group in its New York and Washington, DC offices. The NY position requires 3-5+ years of business immigration experience, a proven track record as writer on immigration issues, and the ability to work under pressure. The DC positions require 3-5+ years of business immigration experience, policy analysis background, excellent writing skills, and knowledge of legislative and regulatory process. Experience on Capitol Hill, in an immigration agency, or with an advocacy/policy organization a strong plus. Superior academic credentials, excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills required. EOE. Please submit cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to: Jacqueline V. Guynn, Esq. Recruiting Manager, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, 99 Wood Avenue South, 10th Floor, Iselin, NJ 08830. recruitment@fragomen.com.

    EB-5 Investor Program
    An investor green card with no quota backlog for your clients. A generous finders fee from American Life Inc. for you, if allowed in your state. One of the best-kept immigration secrets... a real estate limited partnership investment of $525,000 in the American Life EB-5 Investor Green Card program in the Seattle Regional Center gives your accredited investor clients speed and freedom. Speedy conditional green card approval, typically in about 1 year. Freedom to live anywhere in the U.S. without being tied to a job or business. No need for day-to-day management of an active business. Limited Partners have a policy making role. American Life Inc. manages over 25 properties - over 1,350,000 sq. ft. The oldest active Regional Center, projects range from $3 million to more than $20 million. Want to know more about the immigration benefits of American Life's EB-5 program? Call Mark Ivener at 1-866-767-1800 to answer your EB-5 immigration questions. With more than 30 years immigration law experience and five immigration law books to his credit, Mark Ivener is American Life's Immigration Consultant. For more information visit American Life's website, http://www.amlife.us.

    Immigration Law Certificate
    Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


    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.

    New Partner - New York
    Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP is pleased to announce that Martine Cuomo has been elected a partner to its New York office, effective January 1, 2007. Martine Cuomo completed her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University (B.A., Asian Studies, 1991) and earned her J.D. from Quinnipiac College School of Law in 1993. Ms. Cuomo is admitted to practice law in the states of CT, NY, and CA. She is an AILA member and is proficient in Mandarin, French, and Italian. www.fragomen.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:
    Uttered by Dick The Butcher in Shakespeare's Henry VI, "The first thing we do, kill all the lawyers" the meaning of which is contrary to what some may think, is not holding lawyers in a bad light, but suggesting that the surest way to chaos and tyranny was to remove the guardians of independent thinking, upholders of the rule of law ... lawyers. I agree with Mario Apuzzo, Esq.'s letter (01/18/2007 ID) that lawyers should not allow Charles D. Stimson's comments criticizing lawyers for defending prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to go by without a word. It is indeed sad commentary on the state of mind of the present administration that prisoners are being held off US soil, where US lay may not apply to them in a situation where if they were in the US, they would be afforded rights. There is something patently un-American about that. While the Bush administration may publicly distance themselves from Mr. Stimson's tirade, the general public would be foolish to dismiss his remarks as a personal tirade against lawyers, rather than a statement of generally accepted, if not stated, administration position. The great trial lawyer Daniel Webster, said, "Justice is the greatest concern of man on earth." No other profession is called to stand at the bar of justice and breathe life into the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, asserting and defending the rights granted thereunder. So, in these "times that try men's souls", the last thing we do is kill all the lawyers.

    David D. Murray, Esq.
    Newport Beach, CA


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