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Immigration Daily January 31, 2007
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Super Sized Merger

The Jenkens & Gilchrist immigration group (Dallas-based) is merging with Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (San Francisco-based). The combined law firm, with 200+ employees and offices in four cities: San Francisco, CA, McLean, VA, Dallas, TX and Houston, TX (opening soon), is second in size only to Fragomen, Del Rey, Bersen, and Loewy, which is larger by far with 1,000 employees and offices in 28 cities worldwide (for the press release, see here).

The consolidation witnessed in the immigration law field affects both corporate and individual practices (removal, litigation, criminal) alike as firms look to economies of scale to remain competitive. This announcement will likely accelerate the consolidation trend as midsize law firms (3-10 lawyers) grapple with mergers as a way to maintain/increase market share.

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


Focus

EarlyBird Deadline For Nuts And Bolts Of The Immigration Process With Robert Divine Is Feb 15th

Save $200 - Early Bird Registration deadline is Feb 15th! This all-day, (8:30 am to 5 pm), comprehensive workshop will be conducted in New York City on Thursday, March 29, 2007. Considerable time will be devoted to back and forth and the seating is limited to the first 50 registrants to give participants ample opportunity to have their critical questions answered. The price of the workshop includes a sit-down lunch, continental breakfast and coffee breaks. Also, included as material is the Immigration Practice 2006-2007 ($225 Value). The workshop outline is as follows:

9:00am-10:30am: Session 1:Don't Get Lost in the USCIS Mix

  • Where and how to file with USCIS, including premium
  • When receipts are delayed or never come, or cases are lost
  • New change of address mechanics and considerations
  • When circumstances change after filing or approval
  • Correcting erroneous documents
10:45am-12:15pm: Session 2: When the USCIS game gets local: Adjustment and Natz
  • RFEs, EADs, ASCs, and background checks
  • Dealing with past sins about documents, misrepresentation, or arrests
  • Approval, stamps and cards
  • Rescission, reopening, revocation and denaturalization
12:15pm-1:45pm Lunch Program: Includes Lunch and Presentation

1:45pm-3:15pm: Session 3: When the USCIS game gets local: Adjustment and Natz

  • RFEs, EADs, ASCs, and background checks
  • Dealing with past sins about documents, misrepresentation, or arrests
  • Approval, stamps and cards
  • Rescission, reopening, revocation and denaturalization
Session 4: Some head scratching interpretations
  • INA 245(c), (i) and (k)
  • H-1B cap counting and exemptions
  • Factor-based petitions (extraordinary ability, exceptional ability, national interest, etc.)
  • Unlawful presence, maintenance of status, etc.
  • Temporary position
To register and for more info on the speakers, location, materials and testimonials, visit: Online http://www.ilw.com/workshops/march2007process.shtm.
Fax form http://www.ilw.com/workshops/march2007process.pdf.


Article

A Comprehensive Look At Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Duke of Migra Matters writes "With the recent raids on Swift & Co., and the subsequent detainment of undocumented workers in detention centers, a new round of debate has opened up on the issue of immigration and immigration reform."


News

CSPA Aging Out Does Not Address DOS Visa Availability
In Ochoa-Amaya v. Gonzales, No. 05-74693 (9th Cir. Dec. 29, 2006), the court said that "the BIA was correct that the CSPA protected children from aging out while their petitions were pending before the INS, but that the Act did not address the time during which a visa was made available through the Department of State.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Tyson's Corner, VA (Washington, DC) - Fast-paced growing immigration law firm seeks two experienced immigration paralegals. Experience in labor certs, NIV categories, AOS, and consular processing required. Experience with NIW, extraordinary ability a plus. Must have 2+ yrs of business immigration experience with direct case management of corporate clients' immigration legal needs and some familiarity with family based cases. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required. Westlaw, Lexis and AILA link research systems knowledge a plus. Benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Come and be a part of growing firm where your influence really counts. Send resume + salary expectations to Glendia Mondesir: gmondesir@clifdellaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Established downtown NYC immigration practice seeks paralegal with 2+ years of business immigration experience, including hands-on preparation of PERM applications. Ideal candidate should also be well versed in family-based and naturalization matters. Must have Bachelor's degree as well as excellent writing, communication and case management skills. Opportunity to work closely with sole practitioner. 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 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.

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

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Immigration Book
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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:
USCIS must raise fees, because Congress has never, and will never, give them sufficient funding. Most people have no idea how enormous the US immigration system is, or how much money it costs to run. The adjudications system should be paid for by those who use it. I don't understand J. Hill's comments (ID 01/30/07). The letter contains many misconceptions: (1) USCIS is "making money off us" - in fact USCIS loses money on each application they process (2) the fee should be for "approval", rather than "processing" of an application (3) USCIS issues visitor visas. They don't. All visas are issued by the US Department of State (DOS). J. Hill's son's visa was likely a visitor visa, because only visitor visas are denied on the basis of parents being in the US. Visa denial is a complex subject, and the DOS's reasoning, although well-intentioned, is often cruelly faulty. J. Hill's statement that visitor visas are "one of the most expensive", is a misleading statement. In fact, most visitor, and other visa applications are free, although there is a very small consular processing fee to help defray overhead costs. Citizens of the various countries are charged visa application fees on the basis of reciprocity. On the low end, citizens of the vast majority of countries pay no visa application fee whatsoever, nada, zilch, $0, and the majority of those who do pay a fee pay less than $30. On the high end, a search of the current Reciprocity Schedules reveals that citizens of Turkmenistan are charged a visitor visa application fee of $400, Cameroon $240, followed by Central African Republic and DR Congo at $150, and Russia $100 for a 24-month visa, free for a 12-month. Reciprocity schedules can be found on the DOS website - check it out.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Here's the latest from the Statehouse here in the Palmetto State - very disappointing and a clear call for needed immigration reform. Hearings on the "South Carolina Immigration Compliance Act of 2008" (h.r.3148) sponsored by Rep. M.A. Pitts will be held next week.

Alan C. Ladd, Esq.
Greenville, SC

Dear Editor:
Somehow I can't help but think FAIR must be behind this website. Did you check it out to see who is paying for it? (see 01/30/07 ID comment).

Warren Hoff
St. Louis, MO

Dear Editor:
I agree with the ladies from Mexico, not that I want to see their husbands return to Mexico (or elsewhere), but I would like to see us fix our immigration problem (see 01/30/07 ID comment). Right now our undocumented immigrants are paying the price for the continuing growth of our economy. Our employers are starting to pay the price now for our immigration laws not allowing enough annual visas to fill our labor force needs. NAFTA was supposed to be good for all of us, the USA, Mexico and Canada, but it just wasn't handled properly. For the life of me I can't understand why they included "everything" in the NAFTA agreement that is a part of our economic growth potential - except labor. I would like to see it all "fixed" soon and perhaps the missing husbands could return to Mexico (or whereever) for a visit without having to be worried about the Border Patrol and the ICE teams picking them up. The wy things are going I don't know if we get our immigration reform this year or not - we can only hope that we do.

Morris R. Roberts


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