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Beat The Cap And Fix The Law: All About the H

ILW.COM is pleased to announce our latest telephone seminar: "Beat The Cap And Fix The Law: All About the H". The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on April 26: Beating the cap

  • H alternatives: E, L, P, O, B, J, etc
  • Exempt employers: the Texas case, etc (Concurrent Hs: part time, etc)
  • The Canadian alternative
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative update: Skil, other H visa bills like Durbin/Grassley, etc
  • Up-to-the-minute USCIS update: lottery problems, duplicate filings, premium processing, etc
SECOND Phone Session on May 17: Complex issues with the H
  • Problematic occupations: Market Analyst, etc
  • Credential evaluations: NSC on degree equivalency, etc
  • Special considerations for H1B dependents
  • Speculative Employment
  • Itinerary for consultants
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative update: Items to be announced before the seminar
  • Up-to-the-minute USCIS update: Items to be announced before the seminar
THIRD Phone Session on June 7: Strategic issues with the H
  • LCA enforcement issues
  • Work experience equivalency between I129 and I140
  • Prevailing wages relations between LC and LCA
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative update: Items to be announced before the seminar
  • Up-to-the-minute USCIS update: Items to be announced before the seminar
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, April 24th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/april2007.shtm.(Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/april2007.pdf.


Article

Woman Threatened By Gang Granted Asylum
David Cleveland, Esq. writes "An immigration judge in Baltimore, MD recently granted asylum to a woman from Guatemala who was a member of this particular social group: "young women who refuse to be the victims of violent sexual predation of gang members."

Bloggings: April 19, 2007
Greg Siskind, Esq. shares his latest blog entries.


News

BALCA Says Professional Recruitment Must Be Followed In A PERM Case Where Employer Did Not Ask For Bachelor's Degree
In the Matter of Orlandi Landscaping Group, No. 2007-PER-00016 (BALCA, Apr. 9, 2007), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said three indications illustrated that the Employer's Landscape Designer position was the equivalent of a Landscape Architect position under the O*NET guidelines: (1) Landscape Designer title was listed in the O*NET Summary Report for Landscape Architect under "Sample of reported job titles" (2) job duties listed on Form 9089 closely resembled those listed in the Landscape Architect O*NET description of duties (3) Employer's experience requirement for Landscape Designer position indicateted that the position was compatible with the O*NET Landscape Architect title.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Dallas, TX - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the leading global immigration law firm, seeks an immigration paralegal. Qualified candidates will have at least two years experience counseling a variety of large and small employers on immigration matters, including non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, I-140s and 485s, and E-1, E-2, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be computer literate, demonstrate good accuracy, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and provide superior client service in a fast-paced, high-volume, case-processing environment. Bachelors degree required. Professional, service-oriented, team players are encouraged to apply by e-mailing a cover letter + resume to Amber James: ajames@fragomen.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP, a 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 2 yrs. 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. Include "Immigration Attorney" in subject header.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP, a leading business immigration law firm in San Diego, CA, has openings for experienced paralegals. Must have 2 yrs experience in business immigration law. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. Send resume to: hr@larrabee.com. Include "Immigration Paralegal" in subject header.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Toronto, CA - Immigration law firm seeks UK qualified solicitor for Toronto-based global practice focused exclusively on corporate clients. Must have excellent communication skills, the ability to advise on, prepare and file UK corporate immigration matters (work permits, HSMP, sole representative) as well as an interest in working with foreign legal counsel to manage files in other jurisdictions. Please submit your resume via email to Lonnie Wellman: lwellman@gt-hrlaw.com or by fax to 416-943-0289.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Sydney, Australia - Unique opportunity to join Fragomen US Consular Practice based in one of the world's most beautiful cities. Prepare nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, arrange consular appointments, and manage inquiries and referrals. Position involves extensive client contact and use of case management and billing systems to prepare, track, and manage cases. Ideal candidate has expertise in business immigration, experience managing high volume caseload, and ability to be part of team, supervise others, and work independently. College degree, MS Word, Excel, and Windows 2000 required. If eligible, Australian work visa available but sorry, no relocation package. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Lauren Levin: Llevin@fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Union City, NJ - Busy law firm practicing family law, immigration law, and municipal law, seeks recently admitted law graduates. Fluency (speaking + writing) in English and Spanish is a must. Candidates must excel in writing and verbal skills. Must be a people person. Salary depending on experience. Competitive benefits package offered. Please send resume to Micaela M. Alvarez, Esq. by fax: (201) 867-4100 or email: malvarez@micaelalaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
New York, NY - Midtown Manhattan boutique business immigration law firm seeks two attorneys. One attorney will handle complex PERM applications, and one attorney will specialize in EB-1 and O-1 petitions. Each attorney will have responsibilities in other areas as well, but will be primarily responsible for their specialty. The attorneys must be self-starters with excellent managerial, writing and interpersonal skills. Ideal candidates will have graduated in the top 1/3 of their class and have 2-5 years experience in their respective area. Salary DOE. Please fax resume and cover letter to: M. Cohen at (212) 818-0625 or email: mcohen@cohenlawfirm.com.

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.

Case Management Technology
Judge an immigration management system (IMS) by: (1) what it empowers you to do (2) what its customers say (3) its track record. 1. What you can do - manage client relationships - optimize your operations - assemble documents automatically from a database - share calendars, notes, alerts, and reminders - work anytime, anywhere with Microsoft Office alongside your IMS and more. More, like tailoring an IMS to your needs. Others claim their packages are customizable, but you may need their technician plus hundreds of hours from your staff to get what Tracker gives you out-of-the-box. Mature yet flexible, Tracker lets you easily configure your ideal system. 2. What customers say - "Choosing ImmigrationTracker was a no brainer." -Steve Clark, Flynn & Clark "ImmigrationTracker is head and shoulders above the rest." - Bruce Larson, Mayo Clinic. 3. Track record - top law firms who license immigration management software, choose Tracker: 90% of practicing Past AILA Presidents, 86% of the 25 largest immigration firms (IndUS Business Journal, 2006), 75% percent of the AMLAW 200 (American Lawyer Media, 2006). Did others promise you the moon and deliver dusty cheese? Make up for lost time. Reserve your private Tracker demo. Call 1-888-466-8757 ext. 278 or email sales@immigrationtracker.com.

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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Immigration Event - New York, NY
April, 21, 2007, 9-4pm - Presbyterians gather in NYC to promote immigration reform. "Immigration, Justice and Christian Hospitality" will be held at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 7 West 55th St. Please enter through the 7 West 55th Street entrance. There is no charge to attend the conference. Lunch will be provided to the first 225 conference volunteers and other registerants. You may pre-register for the event by contacting Lilly Santiago, Presbytery of NYC, at (212) 870-2221, or lsantiago@presbynyc.org. Or, you may simply show up at the door on the day of the event. For more info, see here.


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 am writing to share my dismay at one of your articles written by David Murray entitled "The H-1B Lottery - What Do We Do Now?" Perhaps I'm missing the point, but the following comments made in Mr. Murray's Article (04/18/07 ID) strike me as blatant racism on a number of fronts: [article excerpt] "Since CIS announced the H-1B cap was reached on April 3rd, under the regulations (did you even know about this regulation?), they will now hold a random "lottery" to determine which cases will receive the FY 2008 cap numbers. That's fair. A lottery . . . like the one we all won when we bought our $1 ticket at the 7/11. Or was it the 9/11... I can never remember. I guess it depends on who owns the store, a Hindu or a Muslim." [end article excerpt] Whether Mr. Murray's Article's comments were intended as an ill-conceived joke or was meant as irony I'm not sure, but I think Immigration Daily should take more care at what is published on what is an otherwise an valuable website and source of information for many.

Alex Israel, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I have noticed lots of advertising for attorney services in the immigrant brazilian communities in New Jersey, Florida, New York (see 4/18/07 ID comment). Dish Network broadcasts Globo, the most important TV network in Brazil. There are several attorneys advertising heavily in that channel, including the one quoted in today's main article. There is one which is quite absurd in their claims: "Total Help", a lawyer's referral services, based in Florida, but which promises to refer you to an attorney in Florida, NY, NJ, Georgia without the client having "ever to pay a cent". They will handle MVA, personal injury cases, immigration. DUIs; they say they have a medical clinic for motor vehicle accidents and work injuries; they also advertise cosmetic surgery services in NY. I imagine the illegal practice of medicine is not far behind the illegal practice of law. They prey in immigrant communities because most of their members are afraid to complain to the authorities; most are probably without a legal visa in this country and do not speak english well; so they are easy targets. This is probably repeated in other communities with lots of recent arrived immigrants.

Jose Miranda

Dear Editor:
I congratulate Peter Griswold's letter (04/18/07 ID) for pointing out what everybody knows but few people have the courage to say, namely that racism, more than anything else, is the biggest obstacle to adopting fair immigration laws. I have two questions, however. First, does anybody really think that even the original CIR proposal from last year went far enough in the direction of giving immigrants from South America and other non-European areas the same fairness and chance for a better life that so many of us honor our white immigrant ancestors for having achieved? Second, with regard to the Don Imus imbroglio, certainly, he deserved to be fired for his despicable remarks about African-Americans. But how can Lou Dobbs stay on the air, night after night? In Imus' case, a few heavyweight advertisers pulled out, and to paraphrase Karl Rove's comment about a US attorney who refused to tow the Bush line, Imus was gone. In the case of Dobbs, why haven't Latino viewers, especially those who watch CNN en Espanol, been deluging CNN with phone calls and boycotting advertisers who support his racist anti-immigrant poison? Dobbs would be gone in five minutes.

K.W. Eli


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