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Immigration Daily April 24, 2007
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CBP Processing Times

Immigration Daily is pleased to inform our readers that the estimated wait times for reaching the primary inspection booth, the first point of contact with CBP when crossing the Canada/U.S. and Mexico/U.S. land borders is now available on ILW.COM's processing times page.

Reminder: The Early Bird Deadline For The PERM Workshop, Los Angeles Is April 23rd

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, April 24th For 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

Five Years Later: Navigating The Legal Battlefield Of IRCA And Undocumented Workers' Remedies After Hoffman
William J. Simmons writes "Where there is not common ground, very recent cases have provided support for a theory that the cases can be divided - more or less - into two analytical camps, each deriving support from Hoffman: what I will call the "wrongdoer-centric" cases and the "bright line" cases. Understanding the two fundamental approaches will hopefully assist practitioners in determining which cases and arguments provide the best support for their clients, and provide an analytical framework for judges yet to consider issues of undocumented worker remedies."

To submit an article for consideration in Immigration Daily, write: editor@ilw.com.


News

DHS Announces ICE, CBP Name Change
The DHS published notice that DHS has changed the name of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the name of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional career advancement opportunities available for you in the Chicago office of this prominent global immigration law firm. Candidate will work as part of a team of attorneys and professional support staff assisting multinational companies primarily with their U.S. immigration requirements. The job involves extensive client contact and utilization of state-of-the-art case preparation and management systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. Congenial and dynamic environment. Only candidates with Immigration experience should apply via email to Maribelle Molina: mmolina@fragomen.com. Job Requirements: - 2+ years business immigration experience, including experience with PERM, - BA/BS degree required - MS Word and Windows 2000 required, - Excellent verbal and written communication skills, - Ability to perform multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth. opportunities. Only candidates with Immigration experience should apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual sought for business immigration paralegal position. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills required. Prior business immigration experience desired. Great opportunity for individual interested in challenging, exciting work with international clientele; excellent career advancement possibilities and work environment. Competitive salary and benefits. Visit www.maggio-kattar.com. Please email resume, salary requirements, and references to: jobs@maggio-kattar.com or fax (202) 483-6801, Attn: Jim Alexander. No calls please.

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.

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.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - Harlingen, TX
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) present "Immigration Skills Training". June 4-5, 2007. This two-day training will focus on improving skills in client interviewing, legal research, and legal writing. The deadline to sign-up is May 25, 2007. To learn more, including summary agenda, fees, and registration information, please see here. ILW.COM is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event.


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:
Brian K. Darling's letter's suggestion (04/23/07 ID) that Visa Condor and Visa Mantis security checks may be acting as a "deterrent to terrorists" reminds me of an old joke about a man sitting in New York's Central Park shredding a newspaper into thin strips and throwing them into the air. A stranger comes along and asks him, "What on earth are you doing?". "I'm keep the elephants away," replies the man." "Don't be ridiculous," the stranger mockingly chortles, "There are no elephants in Central Park!" To which the man calmly replies, "It works, doesn't it?"

David D. Murray, Esq.

Dear Editor:
Responding to the Condor and Mantis ID comment (04/20/07 ID), as of a few years ago, the same situation existed with refugee application name check information. No refugee application had ever been denied on the basis of name check information. Meanwhile, refugees were held at dangerous camps while they waited for the name check results.

Nolan W. Rappaport, Esq., Committee on the Judiciary

Dear Editor:
I have been victim of this process and still suffering (see Condor and Mantis ID comment 4/20/07 ID). Every one get surprised when they hear about this lengthy process when we are living in the world of super computer. At least this kind of illogical process is not expected from high tech country like USA. When they have all the information like finger prints, social security number, birth date e.t.c. then why only name is taken into consideration? DOS claims that it takes maximum 3 months to clear out this kind of case. It's a big lie. Here's my sad story : I had been living in California since June 2000 on work Visa (H1B). My employer has also filed my green card in March 2005. Since I had to attend my sister's wedding in India, so I decided to go for Visa stamping in Vancouver, Canada along with my wife who is on dependent visa (H4). We appeared for visa interview on Oct 5,2006 at Vancouver consulate. I had all the valid documents including I-797. Visa officer told us that everything was alright, but I would have to go through additional administrating processing (name check). I have a clear record both in India and in USA. I am still waiting. I still get the same answer from both Consulate and Department of State (DOS) that the case is still pending. I have been living in Vancouver since then as i have single entry visa for Canada. I am still paying my apartment rent and utility bills back in California. It's been tough for both of us here. Now we're in a desperate situation as I still don't know when this clearance will be over. Its now almost 7 months and still counting.

Ranjeet Kumar


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


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