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Comment: Products Of Our System? A public radio station reports on the presence of so-called 'notarios' in Southern California - non-attorneys who target immigrants, charging exorbitant fees while making false promises of green cards and offering legal ways to remain the U.S. that never materialize. The federal government and local departments of consumer affairs have cracked down on these practices with a rise in investigations and are beginning to hit offenders with steep fines, but the problem appears to persist; the notarios seem to be a step ahead of law enforcement and immigrants are often hesitant to report malfeasance. Are the notarios rogue criminals who will exist in any system? Or has our government created an environment that engenders these abuses? Would sensible immigration policy - rather than the antiquated, fear-mongering rhetoric coming from both parties on the campaign trail - and things like pathway to citizenship eradicate illegal and potentially dangerous clandestine practices that have cropped up, like these notarios in California and the 'coyotes' on the Mexican border? Share your thoughts with us at and continue reading here for the full article.

Article: Consular Corner: May 2012 by Liam Schwartz

Bloggings: Push in Congress to increase Business Green Cards by Chris Musillo

Bloggings: Obama Administration Increasing Deportation Agents by 25 Precent by Mathew Kolken

Bloggings: Remembering Algeria's Jewish Refugees - 50 Years Later by Jason Dzubow

Bloggings: How can immigration lawyers answer questions about the future? By Roger Algase

News:USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum On Representation And Interview Techniques

News: DOL Updates PERM FAQ On Fractional Years And Use Of Third-Party Software

Focus: The PERM Workshop - Save $ 100 Registration Deadline

The PERM Workshop will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Nashville, TN. The Speakers are Joel Stewart, Blake Chisam, Kiran Vairale Mumtaz, Michael Piston, Ed Rubin, Lawrence H. Rudnick, Rohit Turkhud, David Ware and other Speakers To Be Announced. The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1: Government Standards & Forms

  • Important PERM Definitions
  • O*Net, SVP, & Job Zones
  • Prevailing Wage Applications and Levels
  • PERM form 9089 - Old and New
Session 2: Advertising and Recruitment
  • Notice Requirements
  • Non-Professional v Professional
  • Special Processing
  • State Workforce Agencies
Session 3: Complete PERM Jurisprudence Update
  • Immigration and Nationality Act
  • The PERM Rule 20 CFR 656
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • DOL Memos & Stakeholder Meetings
Session 4: Post Filing Issues
  • Audits: Procedures, Queues and Documentary Requirements
  • Supervised Recruitment
  • Reconsideration of Denials
  • Appeals to BALCA
For details on curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, please see: For the fax form, see here. Don't delay, act today! This offer is available only until May 30, 2012!

Headline: A BAD THOUGHT: What happens to the City if immigration restrictions are imposed on Europeans?
Headline: Alabama's bad road on immigration
Headline: The position of undocumented young Americans like Jose Godinez-Samperio is absurd. The path to citizenship is overdue
Headline:RT @ParagTandon: Immigration stresses teens and children undocumented
Headline: Video: Secure Yout Own Community immigration SCOMM
Headline:SCOTUS decision on Arizona's immigration law SB1070 is taking too long

Headline: MT @jaddif: RT @foxnewslatino: SCOTUS likely to hand decision on Arizona's SB1070, by the end of June immigration
Headline: De Leon: Immigrants Deserve an Expanded Violence Against Women Act immigration
Headline: RT: @joboshop Report: U.S Falling Behind Talent War, Immigration Changes Needed

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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Maggio + Kattar, PC, a nationally recognized, DC-based immigration law firm, is seeking an experienced business immigration paralegal. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of PERM and NIV experience. Challenging work dealing with international clientele with career advancement possibilities. Excellent work environment, competitive salary and benefits. Please email resume + references to or fax (202) 483-6801, Attn: Amal Talhame. No calls.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Reston, VA - A prominent business immigration law firm is seeking an experienced immigration professional to research, write, edit, and post timely news, analysis, and articles to the firm's websites and e-newsletters on a daily basis. This position requires strong knowledge of immigration law, outstanding writing ability, and experience in effectively using website content management systems to publish content and seed keywords and metadata. Ideal candidates will be detail oriented, motivated, and possess sound judgment while working with minimal supervision. This position requires 1-3 hours of work daily (M-F), offers flexible hours, and is ideal for telecommuting. Interested parties should apply with resume and cover letter to All submissions will be kept strictly confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Chicago, IL - Immigration Attorneys, LLP, a law firm practicing in all areas of immigration law, is seeking an experienced attorney to immediately join our practice in Chicago, IL. All candidates must be licensed and have 2+ years attorney experience with a diverse immigration caseload. The ideal candidate is multi-lingual, has handled immigration litigation matters, petitions and visa applications for families and businesses, and has some federal court experience. Candidates must have exceptional research, writing and computer skills; excellent organizational and time management skills; and, a commitment to client service. Salary offered will be commensurate with experience. Candidate will be immediately eligible for benefits. All applications should be submitted via email to Please include a cover letter, resume, writing sample as well as references.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Seyfarth Shaw LLP is seeking an immigration paralegal to join Washington, DC office. This position will participate in all aspects of the firm's national Business Immigration and Global Mobility practice, including assisting in the management of client relationships, preparing and filing employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions, and serving as a contact to numerous prominent clients. Our clients include Fortune 500 corporations, major academic and medical institutions, and performing artists. The ideal candidates must be able to successfully multi-task, in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment, to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions and approaches to problems, must have strong time management and organizational skills. Applicants must possess a Bachelor's degree and a strong desire to work in a team-oriented environment to meet client objectives related to their foreign national employees. Prior immigration-related experience is preferred but not required. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please send resumes to Seyfarth offers an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance; generous paid time off policy; short-term and long-term disability policies; an opportunity for professional development and growth. EOE

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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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Letters of the Week: Debra Venable Shears(2), Vonne Gulak

ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
Teleconference - May 31 - USCIS is pleased to invite all interested stakeholders to participate in "Centralized Form I-601 Filing" discussion. During this session, USCIS will provide an overview of the centralized Lockbox filing process and address questions and comments from participants. To participate please contact the Office of Public Engagement at

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