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Immigration Daily April 20, 2007
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Condor And Mantis Checks

The Visa Condor and Visa Mantis security checks have been in place for the past several years. In fact, 3,000-4,000 Condor and Mantis checks have been processed per month. This translates to almost 100,000 checks annually for these two security checks alone. It is interesting to note that not one single terrorist has yet been found from performing these checks. Security certainly is very important. However, so are speed and certainty. The challenge, of course, is to find the right balance. What price are we paying for delaying these visas when not one terrorist has been found? what effect has this had on foreign relations? international commerce and trade? Even if security is the paramount concern outweighing all other issues, given the zero yield of the Condor and Mantis security checks, shouldn't we consider allocating these funds to alternatives that will produce results and catch terrorists? Perhaps now is the time to review the current processes in place, and abolish inefficient and counterproductive efforts like Visa Condor and Visa Mantis.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to


The PERM Workshop: Early Bird Deadline Is April 23rd

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a $200 discount for The PERM Workshop, details as follows:

  • Save: $200 of the regular $999 price if you register by April 30th
  • Where and When: Los Angeles, California: Friday, May 4th - 8:30am-5pm at Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
  • Who: The speakers will be Joel Stewart and others to be announced
  • What: The price of the workshop includes a sit-down lunch, continental breakfast and coffee breaks. Also included as materials are THE PERM BOOK, and the June 2006 and September 2006 editions of PQ:The PERM Quarterly. (The materials alone are a $600 value!)
  • Benefits: This workshop is designed for a small limited audience and is interactive, and involves a full-day immersion into PERM matters. This workshop has received great testimonials from previous attendees.

For more info, including detailed outline, details on location, and speaker bios, testimonials, and to register visit: (Fax form:
Take advantage of the $200 discount, act now!


Attorney Marketing: How To Prevent Problems With Returned Phone Calls
Trey Ryder writes "Lawyers who fail to promptly return phone calls can be the source of great frustration to the person who left the message - and the professional responsible for attorney marketing."

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CIS Ombudsman Q&A On Temporary Worker Visas
We provide a compilation of questions callers posed during a recent CIS Ombudsman Community Call-in Teleconference on Temporary Worker Visas (H, L, O, and P).

USCIS Proposes Religious Worker Visa Classification Revisions
USCIS is proposing significant revisions to its regulations related to the special immigrant (SR/SD) and nonimmigrant (R-1) religious worker visa classifications. For the press release, see here. For the fact sheet, see here.


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: 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: 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: 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: 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:

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:

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:

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

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:

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

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. 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 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, or email us at Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


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Immigration Event: CIS Ombudsman Teleconference
The CIS Ombudsman's office holds Teleconference to discuss issues of concern to individuals and employers as they interact with USCIS. During these calls, we look forward to hearing your comments for improvement. The next calls are: Affidavits of Support: Their Impact on You - Tuesday, 4/24, 1-2pm ET, Requests for Evidence: Their Impact on You - Tuesday, 4/24, 2:30-3:30pm ET, Green Card Replacement Process: How Is It Working for You? - Tuesday, 4/24, 4-5pm ET. To participate, RSVP to and indicate which call you'd like to join. Open to the first 50 people to sign up.


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:
I would like to thank Alex Israel (ID 04/19/2007) for his comment on my article entitled "The H-1B Lottery - What Do We Do Now?," published in the April 18th edition of Immigration Daily. I am glad someone read it. Mr. Israel is correct in his assumption that my comment about 7/11 vs. 9/11 was pure irony. Life itself is ironic. In humor there is truth, and without humor the world would be a sadder place than it already is. If one can't stand truth, one should go live alone in a mountain cabin and not debate politics - or immigration. I believe Mr. Israel missed the more important facts about H-1B's contained in my article. I urge him, and the Congress of the United States, to re-read my article; this time without the distraction of righteous indignation at the writer for consciously choosing not be a politically correct lobotomized sheep in a flock of conformists, but rather to bring light to truth through thought provoking humor - at least I didn't call anyone "nappy-headed hoes", so I won't have the Rev. Al Sharpton to deal with.

David D. Murray, Esq.

Dear Editor:
I have been receiving Immigration Daily's email version for over a year, but the last issue I received was for March 27. On April 9, 2007, I sent you an e mail asking for issues since then and also to have my name reinstated on your list, but have not received a response. Won't you please put me back on your list?

Elizabeth Schaefer

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

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