Comment: A Golden Opportunity For Scammers -
Several states are already anticipating large-scale fraud and deceit surrounding the Deferred Action process as the date when applications will start being accepted nears. State governments are understandably concerned that unlicensed people billing themselves as "immigration consultants" or notarios will prey on the public's lack of understanding of our complex legal system and the intricacies of applying for deferred action. In Texas, the Attorney General sought and was granted a temporary injunction and asset freeze against an organization called 'Just for People, Inc.' which took exorbitant fees while providing no real services. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo set aside $600,000 for a legal counsel team and also apparently plans to fund a public education campaign aimed at ensuring people do not fall victim to these crooks. Perhaps NY Secretary of State Cesar Perales said it best when he noted that, "[i]t became clear to us that this was going to be a golden opportunity for scammers." We encourage all immigration attorneys to be vigilant in educating the public about the risks of falling victim to these unlicensed rogue organizations that prey on a vulnerable segment of our society, even if it's something as simple as warning post on your blog or website. Share your thoughts and experiences with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more about the Texas case, continue here. For more about New York, see the full article here.
Article:Consular Corner: July 2012 by Liam Schwartz
Blogging: Immigration's Mad Men (and Women) by Angelo Paparelli
Blogging: Olympic Athlete Seeks Asylum Prior To Opening Ceremony by Jasob Dzubow
Blogging: America Is Winning Many Olympic Medals. But Where Are Its Medals For Showing Kindness To Foreign Athletes - Or Immigrants? by Roger Algase
News: USCIS Releases Year-To-Date EB-5 Statistics
News: DHS Proposes Updating Recordkeeping System On People Who Enter U.S. Through Visa Waiver Program
Focus: Nuts and Bolts of Asylum Practice
Tuesday, July 31 is the deadline for the Thursday, August 2 phone session of "Asylum For Experts" with David L. Cleveland, Elizabeth Barna, Jason Dzubow, Hilary Han, Ashley Huebner and Jeffrey Martins. The curriculum is as follows:
- Discretionary denials
- Past persecution, but now a change in circumstances
- "Other serious harm"
- Withholding of removal
- Convention against Torture
- Country conditions: from what sources?
- How to draw the story out of client
- How to motivate the client
- How to persuade the Asylum Officer
- What exhibits should be given? How many?
- How to persuade the Immigration Judge
- FOIA the assessment?
- What kind of exhibits?
- What is a leading question?
- Forensic reports
- Letter from an Embassy
- How accurate is the translator?
- Why do clients lose?
- What mistakes do other lawyers make?
Tuesday, July 31 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speakers bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: http://www,ilw.com/seminars/201206.shtm.
Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/201206.pdf
Headline: Scalia Rebuffs Criticism of Dissent in Immigration Case http://ow.ly/cAT2A
Headline: Four Undocumented Arizonans Arrested for Coming Out at Arpaio's Trial http://ow.ly/cASYQ
Headline: Head of Arpaio's immigration unit admits errors http://ow.ly/cASUq
Headline: Scalia says he didn't attack Obama on immigration http://ow.ly/cASOS
Headline: Jul 27 - More Empty Promises http://ow.ly/cASzL
Headline: US Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act for Economic Growth http://ow.ly/cASvb
Headline: ILW.COM is creating free deferred action workshops for DREAM orgs nationwide. For more info, e-mail: http://ow.ly/cASrQ
Headline: Top Immigration Officials Describe Border Chaos Resulting From Admin's Amnesty Policy http://ow.ly/cASlD
Headline: New York to protect undocumented immigrants from fraudsters http://ow.ly/cASiv
Headline: Sullivan: Immigrants needed to fill Wisconsin jobs http://ow.ly/cASdZ
Headline: Unions claim illegal immigrants exploiting amnesty policy http://ow.ly/cAS8z
Headline: Talented immigrants and America's skilled-worker shortage immigration http://ow.ly/cAS1p
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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Canada, Toronto - EGAN LLP, a part of Ernst and Young's Global Business Immigration Services Group, is currently seeking an Associate Attorney to manage multiple and challenging US business immigration engagements and to contribute to the delivery of solutions and ideas for our diverse clients. EGAN LLP has offices throughout Canada in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. An ideal candidate must have JD along with admission to any US State Bar, 3+ years of Business Immigration experience, with an emphasis on high-volume H/L NIV and PERM filings; excellent managerial, organizational, verbal/written communication skills. For more information, please visit Ernst and Young's career website at www.ey.com/CA or contact Lisa Chow at Lisa.Chow@ca.ey.com
Help Wanted - Immigration Professional
Chicago, IL -
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick and Dym, Ltd.
is seeking a full-time, bilingual (Spanish) legal assistant to assist lawyers with cases involving preparation of family, business and employment applications, petitions and visas as well as removal and employer sanction defense. The ideal candidate must have excellent organizational, communication and time management skills as well as excellent oral and written skills including grammar in both English and Spanish; must be able to prepare written business communications and narrative statements and to effectively communicate with all types of clients by phone and in person; must have knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook and internet research skills; must be results-oriented and able to work with little direction and under time constraints and have an ability to multi-task and prioritize from multiple attorneys working a diverse caseload. This position requires prior experience as an immigration legal assistant; experience in removal defense, family or employment based immigration is a plus. The position is immediately open. Flexibility with regard to possible paid overtime hours. Please submit a cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position and salary requirement, a resume, a writing sample, and a list of references to agarcia@@hsplegal.com
. Please reference HSP005.
No phone calls and no agencies, please.
Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - The law office of Lichtman and
is seeking an immigration litigation attorney with superb research and legal writing skills to prepare briefs and pleadings for immigration court, BIA, and related federal court proceedings. An ideal candidate must have 2+ years of experience in immigration litigation, as immigration law clerk or litigator. This position will work closely with experienced immigration litigators. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please send letter, resume and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org
Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Klasko,
Rulon, Stock and Seltzer, LLP
is seeking an immigration paralegal with 1+ years of experience to handle a variety of employment based immigration matters for hospitals, universities, research organizations and corporations from its New York City office. You will work with attorneys, have contact with scientists, managers, and other professionals to determine their skills and background, draft documents to establish their eligibility for immigration benefits, and help guide them through the immigration process. Responsibilities also include preparing applications to be submitted to various local municipalities and US federal agencies, and basic administrative duties. The ideal candidate must possess a good writing skills, be able to understand complicated rules and procedures, be interested in international/intercultural issues, have a Bachelor's degree with excellent academic credentials. Please email your resume and a brief writing sample to:
Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Reston, VA - Goel and Anderson
is seeking experienced Business Immigration Paralegals. Immigration Paralegals at Goel and Anderson work on challenging assignments and benefit from rewarding and stable career opportunities. Candidates must have 3+ years of business immigration experience (NIV and IV) and be able to work in a high-volume case-processing environment. Extensive prior experience with H-1B, L-1A/B, TN, PERM, I-140 (EB1/2/3), and/or I-485 is essential to this position. All positions involve daily client contact and applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, outstanding organizational and time management skills, and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. A four-year undergraduate degree is required. Goel and Anderson offers highly competitive salaries, outstanding benefits (including fully paid PPO Health/Dental/Vision, generous 401(k) match, paid vacation and sick leave, and continuing education/training allowance), and opportunities for sustained career growth. Salaries of Immigration Paralegals at Goel and Anderson range from $51,500 to $110,000 per year, depending on experience and other job-related factors. Qualified candidates are invited to apply with resume and cover letter to email@example.com
. All submissions will be kept strictly confidential. No phone calls please
Mona Shah and Associates (MSA), in association with former BIA judge Lory Rosenberg, offers removal law firms nationwide with co-counseling for BIA and circuit court appeals in cutting-edge cases, exploring novel legal theories in removal and litigation. Lory Rosenberg, Of Counsel to MSA, provides incisive case and issue consultation, expert opinion, mentoring for attorneys, advocates, and organizations engaged in agency and federal court appeals, asylum, convictions, admission, visas/adjustment of status, waivers, removal defense, naturalization, EB-5 related litigation and appeals and immigration reform. MSA possesses extensive experience in removal matters and is fully equipped with a dedicated and competent staff devoted to removal work. MSA stands ready to deliver unprecedented services to the immigration bar. For more information please contact: Lory@mshahlaw.com
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ComingsNGoings: New Position
Compliance consulting firm ICS Consulting, LLC, is pleased to announce that former U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Emilio Gonzalez will join ICS Consulting, LLC, as Senior Director of its Immigration and Visa Consulting Division. The new Immigration and Visa Consulting Division will work with individuals and law firms that are attempting to secure U.S. immigration/visa benefits or in many cases relief from restrictive actions inappropriately applied by the US government. Dr. Gonzalez was a White House appointee and served as the Director of USCIS for 2.5 years. For more Information about ICS Consulting, LLC, please visit www.iandcsolutions.com
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