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Immigration Daily February 1, 2007
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Erratum

Yesterday's comment stated that the Jenkens & Gilchrist immigration group (Dallas-based) is merging with Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP (San Francisco-based). It has since come to our attention that a portion of the Immigration Law Practice Group at Jenkens & Gilchrist (under the leadership of Harry Joe and Rebecca Massiatte) will not be part of the merger. We thank Steve Ladik and Harry Joe for this clarification.

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


Focus

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ILW.COM is pleased to offer the new completely revised editions of Patel's Immigration Law Library, the 2007-2008 Edition. This collection includes the essential reference resource "The WHOLE Act, The INA (Annotated), 2007-2008 Edition", used by DHS officials, federal court libraries, and many veteran immigration practitioners. Once you have used this version of the INA, you will wonder why you ever used any other! This collection also features the fully indexed 8 CFR, 2007-2008 Edition, fully indexed 20/22/28 CFR, 2007-2008 Edition , and Patel's Citations, 2007-2008 Edition . Buy the library collection ($100 off). For more info, see here.


Article

Fourth Circuit Reverses Arlington, VA Immigration Judge
David L. Cleveland writes "An unusual event occurred on November 17, 2006: the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision of an Immigration Judge in Arlington, VA in an asylum case."


News

USCIS Proposes 86 Percent Fee Increase
USCIS released information on its proposal to increase fees for immigration and naturalization applications. For the press release, see here. For the fact sheet on methodology, see here. For the fact sheet on the proposed fee increase, see here. For the FAQs, see here. For an advanced copy of the proposed rule, see here.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
NY, NY - The Law Offices Of Jan Allen Reiner, a law firm with impeccable reputation, seeks an immigration paralegal with 1+ years of experience in any and all areas of immigration. Candidate will work with some degree of independence, have extensive client contact, will have excellent written and verbal communication skills both in English and the Mandarin dialect of Chinese, the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment, the desire to provide a high level of customer satisfaction, and word-processing skills. While a candidate with some experience is preferred, we will also train the right candidate. Please submit resume to allen.reiner@verizon.net. Please only those with permanent legal status in the US need apply.

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.

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.

New Offices
Farmworker Justice has moved and will have new phone numbers. Effective January 22, 2007, our new address will be: 1126 16th Street, N.W., Suite 270, Washington, D.C. 20036. Our new telephone phone will be (202) 293-5420. The new fax number will be (202) 293-5427. www.farmworkerjustice.org.


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:
Regarding ID's (01/31/07) "Super sized Merger" comment, I agree that we may need to jump on the consolidation bandwagon to maintain and increase market share. Larger corporate clients are more likely to be drawn to large immigration firms. On the other hand, the practice of immigration law also caters primarily to individuals and families. Hence, there will hopefully still be a niche for small and midsize firms to thrive and provide invaluable services to the immigrant population. Often times, the foreign national employee steers the smaller employer to his or her immigration lawyer of choice to ensure personal attention and expertise on the PERM case. The grandmother who can only "grandfather" under some elusive labor certification filed prior to April 30, 2001 will also likely be drawn to a smaller practice. The same applies to a non-citizen who wishes to reopen a prior in absentia deportation order as he is now married to a US citizen and has children born in the US. I fear that the trend towards larger immigration law firms catering mostly to the Fortune 500 corporate client may shut out individuals, especially the vulnerable, from seeking effective representation. Immigration attorneys, to some degree, are akin to physicians and dentists who provide both expert and personalized services. These professionals continue to practice in solo or small group settings. I do hope that there will be space for all kinds of immigration practices to flourish even as firms continue to grow larger, and that the large firm also incorporates the representation of individuals and families as part of its business model.

Cyrus D. Mehta, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
Can someone please provide your readers any inform regarding the CIS website being down for the past 2 days. Why is it down and when does it expect to go back up. I can't check online status reports or at which Service Center to file petitions.

Joseph I. Elias, Esq.
Pasadena, CA

Editor's note: It is possible that strong interest in the USCIS proposed fee increase announcement may be the reason the USCIS website has been down due to excessive server load.

Dear Editor:
Duke of Migra Matters (01/31/07 ID Article) raises some fundamental issues in immigration, but the major problem regarding immigration is not so much legalizing or reasonable flow, but rather wages and skills. As the Article points out, there is wage suppression as a result of hiring immigrants, legal and illegal. With legal workers, their inability to change jobs until their immigration or visa is sponsored, leads to exploitation by employers to keep salaires low until they obtain a green card. Simply legalizing workers won't solve this problem. Workers who become legalized will ask for increased wages, and employers will simply look for new immigrants to keep wages low. One solution is to change fundamental work arrangements in working visas. If a temporary worker is given the same rights as a citizen in all areas except voting, he in effect becomes as powerful or powerless as an American worker against competition. He has to compete with new workers who enter the market. But he's also able to demand a higher salary, or change jobs if there is demand. This removes wage suppression and regulates immigrant numbers through economic forces. For example, if he's unable to compete, or get market wages, he is more likely to be out of a job, since no employer will hire him unless he works for a reduced salary, and he most likely will return home. Yes, some workers will continue to work at a lower salary because of the situation in their home countries, but this would be temporary until they could obtain a higher salary. A system that grants temporary work visas but with fundamental changes to visas's working rights, creates a self-regulating system that solves both major problems of immigration, benefits American workers, employers, and immigrant workers.

MB

Dear Editor:
I completely disagree with Mr. Murray's letter (1/31/07 ID). If USCIS were a private company and had many competitors, its outrageous fees and poor services will make it go bankrupt for sure. I never understand of why a granted political asylum must wait for years in the jungle of beauracies to get his greencard? We shouldn't have any quotas on them. Asylum applicants have gone background check, biometric identification and medical check. In a computerized and developed nation like USA, there's no reason for USCIS to create backlogs and make their customers wait for eternity. Why not just go to an application office and get their identity verified and print their greencard there or even using an automated ATM like machines to make a real greencard? US embassies and consulates in developing countries make tons of money, just by collecting visitor visa application fees either they're accepted or denied. Sorry, you will come to USA to work illegally and never come back home, but thanks for your $$. Very nice business, huh? End red tape and redundant processes, straight forward process, should be top priority for bonafide immigrants. Raising fees is ok but will USCIS give a money back guarantee and compensate its customers for its sloppiness then?

Robert Yang


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