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Immigration Daily May 8, 2007
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Deadline Is Tuesday, May 8th For I-140 Tips And Resolving Benefits Problems: National Benefits Center, CIS Ombudsman, AAO/BIA

The curriculum for the May 10th phone session I-140 Tips And Resolving Benefits Problems: National Benefits Center, CIS Ombudsman, & AAO/BIA is as follows:

  • Recent AAO Decisions & Issues
  • Update on NBC Processing and Common Problems
  • The CIS Ombudsman's Role & Recent Activities
  • Recent BIA Decision on CSPA
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, May 8th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: version:


Numbers Madness
Elizabeth T. Reichard writes "The SKIL Bill is an exciting piece of legislation, but readers, beware! It is only proposed legislation. ... It will probably be attached to the final Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) bill that will hopefully be presented to both houses of Congress this summer. If CIR dies, this too might die. The hope, however, is that if worse comes to worse, it has enough support that it will then be attached to an appropriations bill in the autumn. With our collective frustrations over the numbers, however, I wonder if we can even wait until the autumn."


The Congressional Research Service produced a report "Unauthorized Alien Students: Issues and "DREAM Act" Legislation".


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Memphis, TN - National immigration law firm Siskind Susser Bland, P.C., a cutting edge, entrepreneurial practice representing many of the worlds best known companies and individuals, is seeking motivated, experienced employment immigration lawyers in its headquarters office. We are hiring mid-level associates (two to five years experience) as well as senior attorneys (five+ years experience). Candidates should possess outstanding academic credentials and writing skills. Excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should send resumes to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has two full time paralegal openings: (1) experienced US immigration paralegal and (1) entry-level global immigration paralegal. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. The ideal experienced US paralegal candidate must have 1+ years of substantial experience in a wide variety of US employment-based immigration processes. Also, an entry-level opportunity is available for global immigration paralegal to manage non-US visa case matters. Mandarin fluency required for this position. For both positions, successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter + resume to, specifying either the experienced paralegal or entry global paralegal position. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. - Maggio & Kattar, a nationally recognized, full-service immigration law firm seeks an experienced and exceptionally capable business immigration attorney to join our dynamic and fun-to work at firm. All inquiries will be kept confidential. Send resumes to the attention of Jim Alexander at:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laguna Niguel, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorney for the position of Western Regional Counsel. Directly oversee and supervise the performance of the eight (8) associate regional counsel located throughout the Western Region along with the deputy western regional counsel. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. experience. They must submit a cover letter that demonstrates the specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them for the position. Preference is given to applicants with immigration experience, management experience, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills. For detailed information, type CIS-COU-2007-0003 in the keyword search here. The applicant should list references, which may be verified, but letters of recommendation are not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume and a writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Submissions can be either e-mailed (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to All submissions must be received by close of business on Friday, May 11, 2007. The position is at the GS-15 level and is open until filled. No relocation expenses.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC mid-town office of upstate NYS firm seeks experienced immigration paralegal with 2 years experience in immigration law required, including preparation and filing of business visas (H-1B, L, E), petitions and permanent residency applications. Strong computer, communication and writing skills are required, including proficiency with Windows, Word, Excel and Outlook software and the ability to perform Internet research and use Lexis or Westlaw. Qualified applicants, submit resume to: Melanie Smith:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has an immediate opening for an experienced immigration paralegal for a very busy Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B and L-1 visa petitions and PERM labor certification cases. Experience with family-based immigration cases is also helpful. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. In addition, the ideal candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of three year's experience are required. Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit, or email:


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Dear Editor:
US Home land security/INS increased the fee but the efficiency is not commensurate with the fee hike. California and Vermont centers are busy scrutinizing J-1 cases received by them in December 2006. The J 1 candidates who have to join from June 2007 are in a quandry as to what will happen to their slot if they donot join their PGY 1. The Senators /Congress members are requested to please do something to encourage the employees to enhance their working efficiency.


Dear Editor:
President Bush supports a "rational way forward" to Comprehensive Immigration Reform (ID 05/07/07). Let us hope that this works better than his "new way forward" in Iraq. Whether it does or not will depend to a large extent on whether the president has the courage to stand up to the bigots and neaderthals in his own party and stand as firm in his support of some kind of meaningful amnesty, as well as increased visas for both skilled and less skilled immigrants, as he is in his support of his claims of power to ignore the Constitution, start fraudulent and illegal wars, torture anyone he calls a terrorist, and suspend our most basic civil liberties. My apologies to anyone offended by my use of the "A" word instead of the preferred euphemism of some of my co-advocates of humane and realistic treatment for illegal immigrants, namely "legalization". Why should we be afraid to say what we really believe?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
I dont really appreciate outsourcing be it business or legal with the latter being a relatively new introduction in this field. I am myself a lawyer & when I came to know that now even the legal work is being outsourced to developing nations, it made me laugh. The sharing & transfer of confidential legal information over the internet is certainly risky. Outsourcing is the byproduct of globalization. If it is a blessing for one country then it is a curse for the other. Although it is creating jobs in the developing nations but it also shows that the economies of these nations are not good enough to produce sufficient jobs & employment opportunities for their own people. I admit that business logic tells that if outsourcing reduces costs then why not do it? But if it is good quantitatively is it good qualitatively too? I certainly have my doubts over the quality of work being processed back to the outsourcing countries by the developing countries. The work done by a paralegal here can never match up with that done by a paralegal say in US or UK as such a person will be more familiar with the realities of the practical aspect of legal system there. The governments of the nations involved in outsourcing should impose stricter laws against it or at least regulate it. The nations where this work is being outsourced will then try to become self reliant. They will try to strengthen their own economies & churn out more jobs on their own rather than just being dependent on the jobs being outsourced by advanced nations. The advanced nations will also benefit because by putting a tap on outsourcing the employment rate will rise as there will be more jobs for the local population.

Gurrattanpal Singh
Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Dear Editor:
In response to Robert Yang's letter, (ID 05/05/07) when the U.S. purchased the Louisiana purchase from Napolian, Napolian was strapped for war debts. Those he paid back, came into the territory and bought up the coal, oil, natural gas, and other precious value reserves. So, basically, those who financed Napolian received their payment back from him, and came into the country to get all the assets. The point here is that they did not have to develop roads, hospitals, schools, and the vast array of public instututions. The took the gold, so to speak, and left the responsibilities of the population including war costs of the new American territory. For the U.S. citizen, who pays the tab, an overwhelming expense. From your point of view as the recipient, its a great deal and theres no differance, but when you're paying out 20%+ income tax, plus numerous other taxes, then you'll understand the differance. In a differant light, you're dong the same thing as the French investors, only they had great wealth and they didn't live in the territory, as they lived in France. Now you're here, placing the burden of public expenderatures on the U.S. taxpayer, the U.S. soldier, and you basically think its a great idea passing on the immense expense onto the U.S. taxpayer. Corporations basically wiggle out of high taxes thru controlling legislatures and Congress because they can afford millions in lobby costs to influance the statutes including taxes. They are the group who has indirectly sponsored your presence. They advantage the profits in dollars, while the already burdened population pay the expenses. So, there is a differance, depending on whether you're paying for all these amenitiies.

david utterback

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