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I-140 Tips And Resolving Benefits Problems: NSC and TSC

The curriculum for the April 19th phone session I-140 Tips And Resolving Benefits Problems: NSC and TSC is as follows:

  • I-140 Degree Equivalencies & Ability to Pay
  • New case law on degree equivalencies
  • I-485 Issues
  • Dual EADs (NIV based and AOS based?)
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, April 17th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2007.shtm.(Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2007.pdf.


Article

The IRCA Twenty Years Later
Roger Tsai, Esq. provides a detailed overview of recent developments in IRCA and worksite enforcement.

Bloggings: April 12, 2007
Greg Siskind, Esq. shares his latest blog entries.


News

USCIS Announces Extension Of Time For O And P Petitions
USCIS announced that it is giving employers and agents more time to bring foreign workers with extraordinary abilities to the US. Petitioners can now file "O" and "P" nonimmigrant petitions under normal processing procedures up to one year before a scheduled event, competition or performance.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
7 person midtown NYC immigration law firm with offices in NY, LA, and Tokyo, seeks senior immigration paralegal. Minimum 3-5 yrs. experience preparing NIV and IV business visas (H1B, L1, E1, E2, O1, RIR/PERM, etc), experience in consular processing issues, generating and completing forms, assist in preparing petition letters, and performing research. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. We are a unique firm in that we have a large Japanese clientele and we seek an individual with the ability to speak Japanese or at a minimum, specific interest in Japanese culture. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn from a close knit, professional group who takes great pride in their work, service, and in legal training, that offers full benefit and competitive compensation, e-mail resume + cover letter in word or acrobat format to David Sindell, Esq at sindell@sindelllaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Arlington, VA - Small, collegial immigration law firm seeks qualified attorney with 2 years+ of solid immigration experience in all phases of immigration practice emphasizing business needs such as H's, L's and labor certifications. Excellent compensation package and competitive benefits offered. Opportunity for partnership within two years of serving as an associate. Candidate must be enthusiastic and possess excellent communication skills (verbal and written). Individual must be a go-getter with the ability to bring in business. Ideal candidate is an individual imbued with professionalism and tempered with compassion. Interested candidates, send resume to Samuel Levine: levine@visa-usa.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Lyndhurst, NJ - Ernst & Young, one of the Big Four professional accounting firms, seeks senior visa and immigration coordinator. Responsible for coordinating work permits/visas for Ernst & Young's expatriate population. Responsible for counseling international business travelers on what types of work is allowable under a business traveler visa and when a work permit/visa is required. Must keep up to date on emerging legislation. Education: bachelor's degree in related discipline or 4-6 years of business immigration work experience. Excellent compensation package offered. For job details, including how to apply online, please enter the search term "immigration" or "00BXN" in our US jobs search engine.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized and conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia N. Needleman, Esq. at mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

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. www.hodgsonruss.com. Please send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mariely Downey, Attorney Employment Manager: mdowney@hodgsonruss.com.

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: ahoughton@proskauer.com.

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: careers@steptoe.com 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: jobs@rlpconline.com.

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 careers@usabal.com or fax to 415.217.4426. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC - The Law Office of Barbara J. Brandes seeks experienced associate 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, memoranda of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, and federal court briefs. Prepare asylum applications, conduct research, interview clients, and witnesses in preparation for hearings. Minimum 2-3 years of related experience desired. Great opportunity for self-starter to work on wide variety of immigration law cases with seasoned practitioner. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Competitive compensation package offered including health insurance and SEP. Salary based on experience. Submit your resume + cover letter to Barbara J. Brandes: Brandstar22@aol.com. All submissions remain confidential.

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Immigration Book
Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America By Dowell Myers. Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 368 pp. Hardcover, ISBN: 08715463614, $75.00 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0871546361/.


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:
O.S. Fergusen's letter (04/11/07 ID) asked "Why do so many people revere the mass immigrants of earlier eras and despise those seeking to come now. Could it possibly have something to do with skin color?" I answer, probably less than you'd think. It took about 5 generations for the Irish to be accepted into the American mainstream. The same is true for Central and South Italians, Slavs and Jews. they are celebrated now, but they generally were not back then. I suggest that while skin color doubtless plays a role, the larger factor is divergent culture and all that goes with it. That is not a small concern, but American culture, loud brash and vulgar though it may be, is converting people in other countries. How much better, then, would it do, if it were not hampered by our educational institutions and general media's reluctance to foster a sense of American identity in newcomers. Insofar as crying racism increases resentment among assimilated Americans, it plays into nativist and restrictionist hands, and I would suggest that focusing on race as a neo-Marxist analytical factor is counter-productive in the extreme. America is not crowded, and for every state like NY or Ohio that is organized to promote demographic stagnancy, theres's a Florida, Nevada, or even Alabama, that can easily absorb large numbers of immigrants along with even larger numbers of internal migrants. Were we to reform our immigration system to try and maximize all the human capital coming our way, it would not only serve those coming in, but also lower resentment against immigrant flows and far superior allocation of the aforementioned human capital here in the US and worldwide. I fear that sort of reform will never happen when one side keeps yelling "traitor" and "scab" and the other "racist" and "fascist".

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
With regard to Michael Hethmon's letter (04/11/07 ID), I am always a little suspicious when I see complaints about "mass immigration". They make me wonder if the writer's objection is really as much to the numbers of immigrants as it is to who they are. For example, in the writings of Samuel Huntington, the Harvard immigrant-bashing professor, including his recent book "Who are We?" he objects not only to the fact that Latino (and, to a lesser extent, Asian) immigration in the US is on a large scale, and that many immigrants speak the languages of Cervantes and Borges (or of Du Fu and Lu Xun) rather than that of Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas, but to the supposed negative "cultural" characteristics of these immigrants. Thus, in Huntington's writings, we can find almost all of the racial stereotypes and ethnic slurs against Latinos that have been part of American popular culture for the past 150 years, dressed up in pseudo-scientific jargon and a bewindering mass of irrelevant statistics. I would like to think that this type of pandering to popular prejudice plays no part in the learned ideological outpourings of today's anti-immigrant think tanks. But I am neither so sanguine nor so naive.

Semakweli

Dear Editor:
A few days ago, a bill entitled STRIVE on immigration was introduced in the House. More than half of it deals with border security and enforcement. We have already laws that relate to border security and enforcement. The FY 2007 DHS Appropriations Act passed by Congress clearly shows that DHS has more than 12 billion dollars allotted for enforcement of laws relating to border security and immigration. An amount of more than $3.50 billion dollars is spent every year on ICE's personnel salaries and its expenses only. Now $3,887,000,000. is allotted for FY 2007 for this. We are spending a huge amount of money to control illegal aliens, but there does not seem any satisfactory progress on it. Instead, they seem to be increasing every year. There is an increase of 408,000 illegal aliens every year, and ICE does not seem to have tried so much to curb illegal aliens. It is certain that new laws also will not be effective unless there is a strong will to enforce laws. Therefore, what we need now is a strong will to enforce laws very seriously.

Narsingh

Dear Editor:
Perhaps logic can be further compromised: obtain Kennedy's backing for a proposal to assure H-1b immigrants are paid a minumum wage determined by Davis-Bacon, thereby eliminating wage pressures among technology workers. Companies such as Microsoft "need" immigrant labor because they pay them less. Davis-Bacon would set an effective floor to wages that would eliminate the demand for H-1b immigrants except for those with truly exceptional talent. Support American workers.

Dale Sutthoff


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