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Immigration Daily April 5, 2007
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White House Is Pro Family

The White House, in a PowerPoint presentation, unveiled a Republican vision of comprehensive immigration reform. While critics have widely denounced it, a closer look at the White House plan reveals an effort to properly align immigration reform with reality. The White House plan recognizes the distinction between a biological family vs. an extended family, and gives priority to biological families. Further, recognizing that employment opportunities and not the desire to live closely with one's extended family members is the impetus for immigration to the US, the plan eliminates extended family immigration. However, the plan misses the mark by not giving biological family members of guestworkers and permanent residents the right to join immediately. Given the fact that Democrats control both chambers, the final Act will be largely Democratic. However, since some Republican votes will be critical to final passage, a genuine compromise with a Republican concept of CIR will be necessary. To dismiss a serious Republican idea is not a good negotiating tactic if an Act is the final desired result. To change comprehensive immigration reform from a vision to a reality will require compromise from both sides to achieve a middle ground - the time to act is now.

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The Authoritative PERM Resource

THE PERM BOOK has over 900 Pages of information. Every purchaser of THE PERM BOOK always receives an up-to-date book because included with THE PERM BOOK purchase, are all the published issues of PQ: The PERM Quarterly (currently, this means the first and second issues). For more info on THE PERM BOOK (2005-2006 edition), and to order, please see here. For more on PQ: The PERM Quarterly, and to separately subscribe, please see here.


Recent Developments In Criminal Immigration Law - January/February 2007
Norton Tooby and Joseph Justin Rollin provide a summary of select criminal immigration law cases that readers may find of interest.

Greg Siskind Bloggings: April 5, 2007
Greg Siskind shares his latest blog entries.


District Court Case On Labor Cert Foreign Equivalency Requirement
In, Inc. et al. v. Chertoff, No. CV 06-65-MO (USDC District of Oregon, November 30, 2006) the court, in interpreting the "skilled worker" petition, said that the agency's conclusion that labor certification requires a single equivalent degree was arbitrary and capricious because the agency failed to appreciate the difference between interpreting the labor certification as opposed to the regulatory provisions. The court, in interpreting the "professional" petition, said that it could not disturb the agency's decision that a combination of degrees or educational programs does not satisfy the agency's requirement of one qualifying degree. The court, in interpreting the EB-2 petition, said that it would defer to the agency's interpretation that one foreign equivalent degree would be required. The District court noted that this holding differed from the holding in Grace Korean United Methodist Church v. Chertoff. In discussing Western general education vs. Eastern subject-specific course, the court noted that "equivalency" was not "sameness".


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Grand Central Area, NYC - 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 Immigration Group in NYC. Our group represents 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, Attorney Employment Manager:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Proskauer Rose LLP, one of the nation's largest law firms, seeks an immigration paralegal for its Newark, NJ and New York offices. Must have a minimum three to five years experience preparing non-immigrant and immigrant business visas (H1B, L1, TN, E1, E2, O1, RIR/PERM, etc), generating and completing forms, entering data into a case management system, and performing research. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. Please send resumes to Angela Houghton:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an international law firm, seeks an immigration paralegal. Successful candidate has demonstrated experience with business and family immigration practices. We prefer candidates with strong academic credentials, excellent personal qualities, relevant experience in business & family immigration and the ability to work independently and supervise others. We encourage any qualified candidate to apply directly by sending a cover letter & resume to: or fax: 202-261-0627. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Dallas, TX - Reina & Associates is the largest immigration law firm in North Texas. The Firm currently consists of ten full time attorneys in addition to the two positions available. Job description: Perform initial consultations with clients; represent clients before immigration court and CIS; manage heavy case load; oversee paralegals and other administrative staff; complete legal research; draft legal briefs; and complete and review immigration forms. Emphasis in family base immigration and deportation defense. Requirements: JD degree from an ABA accredited law school or a LLM and must be admitted to practice law in the US. 1-2 years immigration law experience or training preferred. Candidates must be resourceful, intelligent, and able to multitask in a fast paced environment. Competitive salary plus comprehensive benefits package offered. Please email resume, cover letter, law school transcript, and a writing sample to Maria Maldonado:

Help Wanted: Immigration Professionals
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, has immediate openings for experienced global visa associates in its San Francisco and Dallas offices. This position presents an exciting opportunity to join the global visa department of a rapidly growing firm. We are seeking someone to participate in the development and execution of our global visa team, as well as the expansion of our client base. We offer a one-stop, comprehensive solution with centralized tracking and global compliance assurance. We have the most up to date technology available, with on-line tracking and management of visa requirements, and cutting edge global immigration services. Candidate must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal; ability to work well with all levels of personnel. A minimum of five years experience in corporate immigration, with a strong focus on the global visa market. Email resume + cover letter to or fax to 415.217.4426. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - Steptoe & Johnson LLP seeks associate for its business immigration law practice. Ideal candidate has extensive and substantive experience in dealing with clients and supervising paralegals and has substantive knowledge about business immigration. We are an international law firm with 8 offices in 3 countries and more than 450 attorneys worldwide. We encourage any candidate with strong academic credentials, relevant experience in business immigration, and excellent personal qualities to apply directly by sending cover letter, resume, + law school transcript (a copy of your academic record is required) to: Rosemary Kelly Morgan, Director of Attorney Services and Recruiting, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, 1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1795, Fax: 202-828-3661, EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown Manhattan - Bretz & Coven, LLP, is an AV-rated, full-service immigration firm with a national reputation. Renowned for providing high quality service, the firm has also distinguished itself through federal litigation that has led to significant changes in immigration law. We seek an associate eager to work in a fast-paced, cutting-edge environment that is committed to excellence in delivering legal services. We offer services in all areas of immigration law, including nonimmigrant visas, family- and employment- based immigration, citizenship, asylum, deportation defense, and federal litigation. Qualified candidates should have minimum two years of experience in immigration law practice. Please send resume, salary requirements & writing sample to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Iselin, NJ - Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, a prominent global immigration law firm. We have openings for entry-level assistant paralegals as well as paralegals with 2 + years of corporate employment immigration experience. The ideal candidate is an integral member of our team, working closely with attorneys and paralegals on all aspects of corporate employment immigration. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree (BS or BA), MS Word and Windows 2000 required. Fragomen offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. Please submit resume and writing sample to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC - Immigration law firm seeks experienced associate attorney to represent individuals before the US Immigration Courts, attend adjustment of status, Stokes, and naturalization interviews. Good research and writing skills needed as individual will gather supporting evidence; prepare affidavits, write briefs, memorandums of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, and federal court briefs. Minimum 2-3 years of related experience desired. Prepare asylum applications, conduct research, interview clients, and witnesses in preparation for hearings. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Salary based on experience. Submit your resume + cover letter to: All submissions will remain confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Tysons Corner, VA - Greenberg Traurig has openings for business immigration paralegals with the following levels of experience preparing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas: junior (6 mos.-1 yr), mid-level (1-4 yrs) and senior (5+ yrs). Associates degree, paralegal certificate or equivalent work experience required for junior positions. Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience required for mid-level and senior positions. Ideal candidate must be very organized, detail-oriented and able to work independently. Must possess excellent computer skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. If you'd like to work in an environment that consists of heavy client contact, high volume, fast-paced with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law, then we want to hear from you. We have all the resources of a large, international law firm while preserving our firm's collegial and collaborative culture. Competitive benefits and compensation package offered. Please send resume + cover letter with salary requirements to EOE.

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.


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New Firm - New York, NY
Irwin J. Berowitz, formerly a partner at the law firm of Bretz & Coven, LLP, and Ruchi Thaker, formerly of the Law Office of Ruchi Thaker, P.C., are pleased to announce the opening of Thaker Berowitz LLP, a law firm concentrating in deportation defense (criminal and non-criminal), federal litigation, family-based immigration, naturalization, consular processing, asylum and other immigration matters. 225 Broadway, Suite 3001, New York, NY 10007. Phone: (212) 513-1713; Web:


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
Now that the H-1B visa cap has been met hopefully the open-border lobby groups will not be able persuade Congress to increase it any time soon. This will be a golden opportunity for skilled American workers to get the jobs they deserve instead of having employers hire cheap foreign labor to exploit for better corporate profits.


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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                        ISSN:   1930-062X

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