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Immigration Daily June 5, 2007
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Top Grossing Law Firms

The 2006 gross revenues for the AmLaw 200 (a list of the nation's 101st-200th highest-grossing law firms, the top 100 are in the AmLaw 100 list) was released by The handy chart covers per lawyer and per partner profits, and law firm rankings. Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy, the nation's largest immigration boutique moved up considerably on the list: 158 to 133, based on a 36.9% increase in gross revenues. Fragomen's flurry of mergers and acquisition activity in the recent past surely contributed to this handsome increase. Based on the success of this strategy, mergers and acquisitions appears to be a sound method for an immigration law firm to reach the #2 slot. At this time, the odds are on either Berry Appleman & Leiden or Littler Mendelson. However, close behind are about half a dozen law firms who are well poised to achieve spot #2 provided they aggressively pursue mergers and acquisitions themselves.

Reminder: Three workshops in Orlando: Investor Visas Workshop, June 13th, The PERM Workshop, June 12th, Nurse Immigration Workshop, June 11th.

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Tuesday, June 5th Is Deadline For Strategic Issues With The H

The curriculum for the June 7th phone session on Strategic Issues with the H is as follows:

  • LCA enforcement issues
  • Work experience equivalency between I129 and I140
  • Prevailing wages relations between LC and LCA
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative update: Items to be announced before the seminar
  • Up-to-the-minute USCIS update: Items to be announced before the seminar
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, June 5th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: version:


A Dozen Things to Fix Before Passing the Senate Immigration Bill
Greg Siskind, Esq. writes "The Senate's immigration bill is chock full of problems, but clearly it's moving. Here is my quick list of ideas for making the bill better."

Keeping Score: Why The Senate Points System Does Not Add Up
Gary Endelman and Asher Frankel write "Will the points system in the pending Senate immigration bill keep open the talent pipeline on which the American economy depends?"


DOL ETA Holds H-2B Stakeholder Briefings
The Department of Labor recently held two national briefing sessions to discuss recently updated guidance for SWA and ETA National Processing Centers (NPCs) to process H-2B labor condition applications in non-agricultural occupations. To view the presentation for the employers filing H-2B applications, see here. For the DOL filing tips for employers submitting H-2B applications, see here. Additionally, the DOL delivered presentations on the procedures for processing H-2B applications for occupations involved in entertaining and tree planting and forestry related activities.


Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized and conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email resume + cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia N. Needleman, Esq. at

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has two full-time paralegal-level position openings: (1) experienced US immigration paralegal and (1) entry-level global immigration specialist. The ideal experienced US paralegal candidate must have 1+ years of substantial experience in a wide variety of US employment-based immigration processes. An entry-level opportunity is available for a global immigration specialist to manage non-US visa case matters. Mandarin fluency required for this position. For both positions, successful candidates must be highly motivated, detail-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 US paralegal or entry-level global specialist position. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington DC - Georgetown law firm has current opening for an experienced immigration paralegal. Duties include but are not limited to: drafting and preparing petitions and H1B visa applications for submission and approval to USCIS; labor certification applications and related filings. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years experience as an immigration paralegal or similar role; strong proficiency with MS Office; excellent written and communication skills and attention to detail. Firm offers excellent salary and benefits. For immediate consideration, send resume and cover letter to: Garvey Schubert Barer, Attn: Renee Alston by mail: 1000 Potomac Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20007, fax:(202) 965-1729, or email:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
Washington, DC - Cutting-edge nationally-recognized law firm seeks experienced business immigration and immigration litigation attorneys. Warm collegial atmosphere. No billable hours. Fascinating clients. Challenging work. Competitive salary and benefits (including in-office massage). J.D. plus minimum of two years experience in business immigtration and/or immigration litigation. Excellent writing and interpersonal skills required. Excellent opportunities for advancement. Resumes to Paul S. Haar, 1150 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 900, Washington, D.C. 20036 or e-mail to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
St. Louis, MO - Busy full service law firm law practice needs experienced paralegal for non-immigrant, immigrant, labor certification and 212(e) waiver cases; intensive client interaction; good writing skills and people skills a must. Immigration work involves corporate/medical/academic institutional clients. Resume to Ms. Maria Harvey, Office Manager, Blumenfeld, Kaplan & Sandweiss, P.C., 168 N. Meramec, Clayton, MO 63105 or No telephone inquiries, qualified applicants will be contacted.

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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The International Who's Who Of Business Lawyers 2007 - New York, NY
Michael D. Patrick of Fragomen Del Ray Bernsen & Loewy LLP's New York, NY office was awarded "The International Who's Who Of Business Lawyers 2007" honor.


Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
I like Roger Algase's lettter's acronym for "CIR" ... "Caving Into Restrictionists" (06/04/2007 ID). To remedy the sad state of affairs in which America's immigration system finds itself some twenty years after the failed Amnesty of 1986, the INA must be completely rewritten, not amended yet one more time. In that rewrite, instead of concentrating on immigration law as a means to secure America's borders and providing amnesty for law breakers, as though those were the only issues in "immigration reform", more focus should be given to ten key factors: (1) eliminating employment carrot at the end of the opportunity stick, through the cooperation and coordination of DHS, IRS and SSA; (2) elimination of automatic US citizenship for those born on US soil who don't have at least one USC or permanent resident parent; (3) workable family and employment permanent residence visa quota that fairly balances the present and future needs of the nation, its citizens, permanent residents and employers; (4) elimination of prohibition against "dual intent"; (5) mandatory criminal penalties for EWI's, and some visa overstays and removal scoff-laws; (6) fair and workable temporary worker program that's flexible enough to meet US employer's needs; (7) fair program by which some, but not necessarily all, non-immigrant workers can qualify for permanent residence; (8) insure that all immigration and consular filings are adjudicated within 90-days, without paying a premium processing fee; (9) standardize asylum adjudications and eliminate arbitrary quotas on adjustment of status for successful asylum applicants; (10) obtain adequate funding from Congress, with separate and distinct budgets for enforcement and for adjudications. Until this happens, there will be no CIR, just one more patch on the crazy quilt. How we get there is anyone's guess, but my guess is it will not be before the next presidential election.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
ID's comments about Albert Einstein are probably a bit off the mark (06/04/07 ID). As many have noted, there were only a few people in the world who understood Einstein's theories. Having Dr. Einstein in the US greatly enhanced the ability of U.S. physicists who delved into relativity to have access to its creator and greatest proponent. In addition, I believe that Einstein published numerous papers after arriving in the US, and for theoretical physicists, the vast majority of whom never win a Nobel Prize, these papers are the real test of success. Finally, Einstein continued to work on a Grand Unified Theory to unite all the forces of nature with a single explanation. Although he never achieved his goal, he set the mark, and physicists are still trying to come up with their own unifications of natural forces by experimental as well as theoretical means.

Warren Hoff

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