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Immigration Daily January 25, 2007
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Immigration In Free Society

"Should a Free Society Limit Immigration?" is one of the featured topics of a debate series exploring the role of government in a free society. To listen to the debate, see here.

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


Focus

Family-Based Immigration: Nuts And Bolts

Our new book, Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts; Editor: Charles Wheeler of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) features:

++ Chapters: Immediate Relatives And The Preference System, Overview Of The Application Process For Permanent Residence, Adjustment Of Status, Consular Processing, Immigrating Through Marriage, Grounds Of Inadmissibility, Waivers Of Inadmissibility, Affidavit Of Support, Self-Petitions For Abused Spouses And Children, & Ethics

++ 35 Appendices include: Sample Request For Criminal History, Documenting I-130 Petitions, Sample Motion To Reinstate I-130, Consular Processing Instruction Package, Consular Processing Appointment Package, Suggested Evidence Of Bona Fide Marriage, I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(h) (Criminal Convictions), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(i) (Fraud Or Misrepresentation), I-601 Waiver Packet Based On INA 212(a)(9) (B)(v) (Unlawful Presence), & I-212, Request For Permission To Reapply For Admission After Deportation

++ CD-ROM includes: relevant regulatory sections from 8 CFR, 22 CFR, etc., many forms from USCIS, DOS, SSA & IRS, significant statutory provisions, key BIA & Federal cases, selected USCIS memos, public health service documents, etc.

For more info on Family-Based Immigration: Nuts & Bolts, and to order, http://www.ilw.com/books/familybasedimmigration.shtm.


Article

Supreme Court Applies Plain Meaning Interpretation To Aggravated Felony Statutes
Cyrus D. Mehta and Adam Ketcher write "If a noncitizen is convicted of a crime, which is characterized as an "aggravated felony" under Section 101(a)(43) of the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA"), it spells the kiss of death!"


News

President Bush Addresses Immigration During State Of Union
During the State of the Union President Bush spoke on immigration. For the State of the Union excerpted transcript, see here. For the White House press release on immigration, see here.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time U.S. immigration paralegals. As part of our philosophy of providing cost effective counsel, whenever legal tasks can be done by a paralegal, the client benefits. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. Ideal candidates must have 1+ years of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, including substantial PERM labor certification experience. Entry-level opportunities available for global immigration specialists to manage non-U.S. visa case matters. Successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter and resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Maryland's largest independent law firm outside of Baltimore city (90+ attorneys), seeks immigration legal assistant to work as part of its Immigration, Nationality & Consular Practice Group team. 2+ years experience desired in: employment-based IV (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), NIV (E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1), family-based IV, naturalization, AOS, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. College degree or paralegal certificate preferred - significant experience considered in place of education. Ideal candidate possesses superior analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Must be proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, and immigration forms applications. Duties include heavy client contact, legal research, and immigration petitions. Work with experienced immigration attorneys and professionals in fast-paced, collegial setting. Excellent salary/benefits package. If you enjoy challenging work with direct client contact and are equally passionate about immigration law, we want to hear from you. Send resume + salary requirements in confidence to: Ms. Maura Bowen, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, & Ecker by fax (301) 230-2891 or email: mbowen@srgpe.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Irvine, CA - Looking to join a fast-paced, dynamic and friendly team that provides first-rate immigration legal services to global businesses and individuals? Paparelli & Partners LLP has immediate openings for two experienced immigration paralegals. Work under the supervision of attorneys to serve multinational companies and high-achiever individuals in both employment-based and family-based immigration-related matters. Use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Immigration Tracker, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration projects. Contact us if you have two or more years of US immigration experience, are a multi-talented, multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well on a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record and character, have a paralegal certificate or are otherwise qualified as a paralegal under CA law. Japanese language fluency (verbal/written) preferred for one open position, but not required. To pursue this exciting opportunity, email resume to Gina Galassi: grg@entertheusa.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP the leading business immigration law firm in San Diego, CA, has openings for senior associate attorneys and associate attorneys. Both positions require experience in labor certs, NIV categories (senior position requires experience in all NIV categories), AOS and consular processing as well as NIW, extraordinary ability, multi-national and researcher petitions in high volume, fast-paced immigration firm. Sr. Associate Attorney - must have 5+ yrs of business immigration experience with direct management of corporate clients' immigration legal needs. Experience should include managing support staff. Associate Attorney - must have 1-2yrs. business immigration experience. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required for both positions. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. CA bar membership a plus. Send resume with salary expectations to: hr@larrabee.com.

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.

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.


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 Parisa Kazemian Karaahmet has been elected a partner to its New York office, effective January 1, 2007. attended Syracuse University (B.A.) and Catholic University Law School (J.D. with honors). Ms. Karaahmet is admitted to practice in Maryland and New York. Prior to joining Fragomen, she served as an Assistant District Counsel and Acting Deputy District Counsel for the Immigration & Naturalization Service, New York District. Ms. Karaahmet is proficient in Farsi and French. 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:
I strongly disagree with the opinion expressed in Honza Prchal's letter (ID 01/23/07) about the attitudes of lawyers in America, but he is welcome to his opinion and I to mine. In any debate there are always two sides, and sometimes more - that's what makes America great, and that's what makes American lawyers great - we stand up for what we believe. So if any radical group from within the US wants to try to seize power by violence, or by changing law, or through amendment of the rights and liberties granted in the US Constitution, the first thing they must do is to "kill all the lawyers", including the judges. I most strongly disagree with Mr. Prchal's statement, "Our training does, after all, does make us particularly capable of rationalizing whatever we happen to be doing." That statement appears to say that American lawyers have no ethics or scruples, no principles, no unshakable beliefs, and will normally take the path of least resistance, or perhaps sell out to whomever pays the most. Sure, there are some lawyers like that, but I, for one, am not amongst them and I must wonder how Mr. Prchal views himself with regard to his dim view of the character of American lawyers? Certainly the lawyers who are defending Guantanamo detainees have demonstrated that they have courage and a sense of justice - much more courage than Charles Stimson, or the Bush Administration that tolerates the likes Mr. Stimson in their ranks. As to Mr. Prchal's statement, "Despite all the hype, legislators have historically done more for civil liberties and civil rights than American attorneys." ... What?, is all I can say to that. The truth is, a great many, if not the majority of, legislators have a law degree and many were former practicing lawyers.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA


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