Comment: More Candidate Statements - Online voting for the 2011 Elections for the AILA Board of Governors will start tomorrow, on May 6th. Eight of the ten candidates who are running for seven open Director positions have sent in their campaign statements to us. If other candidates submit their campaign statements, we will be pleased to carry them. The main page for the 2011 Elections (for AILA members only) is here. The candidate statements are here: Marcine Seid, Jennifer Minear, Diane M. Butler, Janet L. Henner, Anthony Drago, Jr., Robert L. "Rusty" DeMoss II, Harry DeMell, and Allen Orr.
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Focus: The Consular Posts Book
The Table of Contents for "The Consular Posts Book" is as follows:
PART I. MAJOR CONSULAR POSTS
A chapter each on - Argentina - Buenos Aires; Armenia - Yerevan; Australia - Sydney; Brazil - Sao Paulo; Canada -Toronto; China - Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai; Colombia - Bogota; France - Paris; Germany - Frankfurt, and Munich; Haiti - Port au Prince; India - Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi; Jamaica - Kingston; Nigeria - Lagos; Philippines - Manila; Taiwan - Taipei; Trinidad and Tobago - Port of Spain; United Kingdom - London; Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City.
PART II. THEORY AND PRACTICE
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: New Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice
Chapter 3: Trade and Immigration Tightening? NAFTA, WTO, GATS Soup to Nuts
Chapter 4: Tips for Avoiding B-1/B-2 Visa Denials and Correcting other Refusal Issues with the Consul
Chapter 5: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Not As Simple and Easy As It Looks
Chapter 6: Non-Immigrant Classes and Their U.S. Tax Obligations
Chapter 7: E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors
Chapter 8: The Consular Role in L-1 Blanket Petitions
Chapter 9: H-1B "Dependent Employees": From Labeling to Lawbreaking
Chapter 10: Temporary Assignment of H-1B Employees to Client Work Sites
Chapter 11: State Department Name-Checks and Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs)
Chapter 12: ICE Data-Mining and Federal Benefits Fraud Task Forces - Send In the Marines: Best Practices to Survive Audits and Task Forces
Chapter 13: What to do if Your Client's Visa is Denied: Visa Office Advisory Opinions
Chapter 14: A Template for Attorney Risk-Assessment
PART III. THE CONSULAR POSTS RESOURCES ON CD-ROM
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Pasadena, CA - Reeves & Associates, PLC seeks an Immigration Attorney with 2-10 years experience in family, deport and appellate practice for its Pasadena office. Employment based experience helpful. Ideal candidate should have exceptional writing ability, case management skills and ability to supervise support staff. R&A has been practicing immigration law exclusively for more than 30 years and has 60 plus employees in 4 offices. R&A is one of the leading immigration law firms in the United States. This is an excellent career opportunity for a qualified candidate who is licensed to practice law in California. R&A offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package which includes a medical, dental and vision plan, 17 days vacation (PTO) in the 1st year, 401(k) with matching dollars, long term disability, CLE expenses, commissions plus a yearly bonus all in a collegial environment. All applications are confidential. Please submit your resume with cover letter and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - Alan Lee, Esq. seeks a smart, ambitious, hard-working and responsible attorney as sole associate. Must write well, be detailed, prepared, & have experience in various aspects of immigration law including labor certifications and H-1Bs. Must also handle appearances at CIS & immigration courts including some in other states. Strong interpersonal & communication skills required. Good opportunities down the road. E-mail resume to: Immigration@AlanLeeLaw.com.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Toronto/Vancouver/Calgary, Canada - Egan LLP seeks two experienced US business immigration attorneys to join our growing US immigration team at our offices in Toronto, Vancouver or Calgary. In this role, you will be responsible for managing the immigration needs for multiple clients, including the delivery of both immigration compliance and advisory services. You will be expected to manage relationships with key decision-makers at mid- to large-size multinational organizations and ensure that your team of attorneys and/or paralegals meets client demands. You must possess 2 - 5 years of US business immigration experience (including experience with PERM, H, L, E, O, I-140 and AOS work) and be a member in good standing of a US state bar. Strong managerial, organizational and communication skills are required. These positions offer excellent opportunities for teaming, leadership, and career advancement to the right candidates. Egan LLP, which is allied with Ernst & Young LLP, the Canadian member firm of the global Ernst & Young network, assists organizations address the challenges associated with managing today's globally mobile workforce. We offer a variety of US business immigration services including PERM, IV, NIV and related advisory services to our diverse multinational clientele. To apply, submit cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Downtown Chicago, IL - VisaNow seeks Global Mobility/Visa Specialist. As the Global Mobility/Visa Specialist, you will be responsible for managing global legal immigration cases and client relationships, including serving as the primary liaison between clients, foreign processing counsel and international partners, and increasing the network of foreign counsel and other visa processing relationships. In this position, you will be responsible for helping to develop and grow our relatively new Global Immigration department. Candidate qualifications include a Bachelors' degree with 7+ years of experience consulting and advising clients on global immigration and visa cases and strategies. Must have experience working with international clients and foreign counsel world-wide. Excellent communication skills are a must, as the position requires an inordinate amount of client interaction via phone calls and email. Global Mobility Specialist Certification is preferred. We offer competitive compensation, excellent benefits and 401k match. To apply visit: http://www.visanow.com/about-us/careers.aspx
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC - The Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, seeks experienced attorneys for its Refugee and Asylum Law Division in Washington, D.C. This is a full-time position. The attorney selected will serve as an advisor to the Division Chief, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws and international treaty obligations. This attorney would be responsible for providing legal advice on a number of protection issues, including but not limited to asylum, overseas refugee resettlement programs, temporary protected status, parole, VAWA, T and U visas, adoptions, special immigrant juveniles and the Convention Against Torture. Strong legal research and writing skills, and the ability to complete assignments with short deadlines, are essential. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least one year of post-J.D. experience. For more info, key in Job Announcement Number: COU-CIS-2011-0005 at http://www.usajobs.com/. Submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to: Molly.Groom@dhs.gov. Must be received by close of business, Friday, May 13, 2011. Position is at the GS-0905-13/15 level.
CLE Immigration Event
Memphis, TN - (May 13-14, 2011) The Federal Bar Association in conjunction with the Memphis Mid-South Chapter of the FBA; the Mid-South Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, invite you to join us for one of the most exciting national immigration conferences available this year. The confirmed speaker line-up is a who's who of well-renowned AILA attorneys and government officials including Judges from The US Circuit Court of Appeals, the Acting Director of EOIR and other former and current Immigration Judges from across the country, and counsel from The Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL). This conference also offers the opportunity to hear from a panel of ICE and USCIS supervisors as they discuss various immigration issues that affect both the mid-South and the nation as a whole. Come mingle with faculty without large crowds. This intimate setting is perfect for both new and experienced practitioners alike. Program includes special tracks for pro bono attorneys as well as criminal lawyers. Earn up to 14 CLE hours (with a possibility of 3 ethics hours offered) and have fun, too. Early bird deadline is April 15, 2011. This Conference is limited to 400 participants. For more information, including speakers, curriculum, see here. For online hotel registration, see here.
Immigration Law Certificate
Classes offered both online and in-person. 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. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.
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