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Immigration Daily January 26, 2007
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USCIS Fees Come Under Fire

According to a report by Congressional Quarterly, the "chairmen of the House and Senate Judiciary committees [and the chairs of the immigration subcommitees] have questioned an imminent fee increase proposed by the Bush administration on all applications for naturalization and immigration." USCIS fees are apparently set to double.

We have repeatedly said that since immigration is of great financial benefit to the United States, Congress should prohibit USCIS from charging fees, and bear the expense of processing applications from general tax funds. By continuing to permit fees, Congress leaves the impression that the anti-immigrationists's propoganda that immigrants hurt the US financially is true. Furthermore, permitting fees ensures that they will continue to increase to the sky (indeed, USCIS seems set to implement fees beyond the reach of many family based immigrants). At a minimum, Congress should require USCIS to waive fees in cases of financial hardship to the petitioner.

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


Nurse Visas - Phone Seminar

The curriculum for the Feb 1st phone seminar on Nurse visas is as follows:

  • Nurses
    • Non-immigrant options
    • Green card options - impact of retrogression
    • Credentialing update
    • Consular processing issues
  • Legislative Update - The impact of comprehensive immigration reform on health care professions
The speakers will be the following distinguished practitioners Joseph Curran (discussion leader), Chris Musillo, Ronald Nair, and Donna Rae Richardson (CGFNS).

The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, January 30th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Rajasthan: A Fascinating Conclusion To Our Indian Adventure
Carl Shusterman shares his experiences and images traveling to India.


N-565 To Be Filed Only At Service Centers From Feb 26th
USCIS announced that filings of Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, be at a designated Service Center for processing. Applicants were previously required to file at a USCIS field office having jurisdiction over their place of current residence. USCIS intends for this Direct Mail process to be implemented on February 26, 2007 and it will affect all applicants filing Form N-565.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time U.S. immigration paralegals. As part of our philosophy of providing cost effective counsel, whenever legal tasks can be done by a paralegal, the client benefits. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. Ideal candidates must have 1+ years of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, including substantial PERM labor certification experience. Entry-level opportunities available for global immigration specialists to manage non-U.S. visa case matters. Successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Chinese, Korean, Japanese and/or other foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter and resume to We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Maryland's largest independent law firm outside of Baltimore city (90+ attorneys), seeks immigration legal assistant to work as part of its Immigration, Nationality & Consular Practice Group team. 2+ years experience desired in: employment-based IV (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), NIV (E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1), family-based IV, naturalization, AOS, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. College degree or paralegal certificate preferred - significant experience considered in place of education. Ideal candidate possesses superior analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Must be proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, and immigration forms applications. Duties include heavy client contact, legal research, and immigration petitions. Work with experienced immigration attorneys and professionals in fast-paced, collegial setting. Excellent salary/benefits package. If you enjoy challenging work with direct client contact and are equally passionate about immigration law, we want to hear from you. Send resume + salary requirements in confidence to: Ms. Maura Bowen, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, & Ecker by fax (301) 230-2891 or email:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Irvine, CA - Looking to join a fast-paced, dynamic and friendly team that provides first-rate immigration legal services to global businesses and individuals? Paparelli & Partners LLP has immediate openings for two experienced immigration paralegals. Work under the supervision of attorneys to serve multinational companies and high-achiever individuals in both employment-based and family-based immigration-related matters. Use computer software extensively (research databases, Internet, MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, ProLaw, Immigration Tracker, Power Point, etc.), and become immersed in cutting-edge immigration projects. Contact us if you have two or more years of US immigration experience, are a multi-talented, multi-tasker, detail oriented, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well on a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record and character, have a paralegal certificate or are otherwise qualified as a paralegal under CA law. Japanese language fluency (verbal/written) preferred for one open position, but not required. To pursue this exciting opportunity, email resume to Gina Galassi:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Larrabee | Mehlman | Albi | Coker LLP the 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 1-2yrs. 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:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Law Offices of Wildes & Weinberg seeks immigration paralegal with 2+ years experience in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant related matters. Must possess good writing skills and be able to work in a high volume environment. Submit resume and cover letter to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Reston, VA - Goel & Anderson, LLC seeks experienced business immigration paralegal to work in our corporate immigration practice. Position involves providing paralegal support to firm's attorneys in securing temporary work visas and permanent residence for corporate clients and their employees; coordinating with clients to obtain necessary information and/or documents to complete cases; researching immigration laws, procedures and regulations; preparing applications and petitions including H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, J-1, E-1/2, B-1, PERM alien labor certifications, I-140 immigrant petitions, adjustment of status and consular processing. Ideal candidates will have 3-5 years of experience as a business immigration paralegal, coupled with an undergraduate degree, excellent communication and organizational skills, knowledge of PC applications, and the ability to work independently. Excellent compensation and benefits package, coupled with an outstanding, collegial work environment. G&A offers a business-casual dress policy, health insurance, 401(K) with generous match, free parking, and more. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to, or fax to (703) 796-9232. All submissions will be kept confidential. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC), USCIS, DHS seeks experienced attorney with demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD) in Washington, D.C. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their resume, citing qualifications and work experience, writing samples and the responses provided during a structured interview if selected. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome. Deadline to apply: Feb. 9, 5pm ET. Applicants must submit: (1) cover letter that demonstrates specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them (2) current resume (3) two writing samples. Send to Claudia Salem, Acting Chief, ALD, OCC, USCIS, Suite 4210, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20529 or email (MS Word format or readable using Adobe Acrobat (for scanned documents) to For more info., see here. Include Experienced Attorney position, ALD, USCIS in subject header. GS-13 -GS-15 level, DOE. No relocation expenses. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks a Global Immigration Coordinator in its New Jersey office. Ideal candidate will assist in advising multinational corporations, specialized workers and individuals about employability in foreign countries. Must have proven experience with extensive client contact and in working with foreign government agencies and attorneys. Responsibilities include legal research, fact analysis, and document preparation. Must capable of demonstrating excellence in a congenial team environment. College degree (B.A. or B.S.) required. Superior writing, computer and organizational skills essential. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks immigration paralegals for exceptional opportunities in its New Jersey location. Ideal candidates will have 1-4 years of experience counseling US and foreign employers on a range of immigration issues, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, and O-1, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, high-volume case-processing environment. Must be people- and service-oriented. College degree (B.S. or B.A.) and excellent writing skills are required. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Chicago - Law Offices of Robert D. Ahlgren & Associates, P.C. seeks experienced legal assistant with knowledge of family and employment based immigration matters. Candidate must speak Spanish, possess good communication skills in both English and Spanish, and excellent writing and organizational abilities. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision. Competitive salary offered. Benefits include health insurance and retirement savings plan. Submit resume and cover letter to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Toronto, Canada - Greenberg Turner, a Canadian corporate Immigration law firm, seeks two experienced attorneys with a minimum of two years practicing business immigration law handling a high volume caseload. Candidates must be experienced handling a range of nonimmigrant (H-1B, TN, L) and immigrant (PERM, permanent residency) matters. Candidate must have the ability to provide exceptional client service and case management skills. At our firm we strive for quality in our legal practice, promoting cooperation from each other. Please submit your resume to Lonnie Wellman at: or by fax to 416-943-0289.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
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 Please email resume, salary requirements, and references to: or fax (202)483-6801, Attn: Aaron McCommons. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Bretz & Coven, LLP is an AV rated NYC immigration law firm specializing in deportation defense. We are seeking an admitted attorney experienced with: (1) immigration court; (2) adjustment of status and naturalization interviews; (3) brief and motion practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Immigration Court; and (4) federal court. Qualified applicants only. Submit resume, writing sample, and cover letter (include salary requirements) to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
NYC, NY - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the leading global immigration law firm, seeks an associate with 1-3 years of business immigration experience to represent multinational corporations, specialized workers and individuals. Candidate must have experience counseling US and foreign employers on a range of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, and O-1, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must have outstanding academic credentials, superior writing skills and be ambitious and capable of demonstrating excellence in a congenial team environment. Fragomen offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Houston, TX - Immigration practice seeks a legal assistant with experience in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant visa processing, including labor certification applications. Must be detail-oriented with excellent verbal, written, organizational and computer skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Bachelor's degree plus 2 years experience required. Please fax or e-mail resume & writing sample to 713-888-0812 or

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Credential Evaluation And Translation
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Immigration Event - Chicago, IL
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) & Depaul Law School Legal Clinic present "Bars and Waivers: How to Prepare Waivers to Overcome Grounds of Inadmissibility". February 22-23, 2007. This training will review common grounds of inadmissibility, including health, crimes, fraud, smuggling, and prior immigration violations, and provide guidance on preparing and documenting waiver applications. The deadline to sign-up is February 14, 2007. Registration is limited to 45 participants. 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.


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