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Immigration Daily January 17, 2008
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Supreme Court Dismissal

A news story covers the dismissal by the Supreme Court of Ali v. Achim, following a settlement of the issue between the US government and a Somalian refugee. For the full story, see here.

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PERM 2008: Winning Your Case In The Year Of The Rat

ILW.COM is pleased to announce "PERM 2008: Winning Your Case In The Year Of The Rat", with Lorna Rogers Burgess as discussion leader, and many other speakers to be announced. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on January 31st: Pre-filing Preparation

  • Considerations at initial client meeting: who is the client; who will pay; what is the nature of the procedure and respective responsibilities
  • Development of a PERM job description: O*NET; job zones; SVP; Normal requirements; business necessity; minimum requirements; foreign languages; combination of duties
  • The prevailing wage determination
  • Planning and managing the recruitment plan and time periods
  • Lawful rejection of U.S. workers
  • Maintaining recruitment documentation
SECOND Phone Session on February 14th: Filing Form ETA 9089
  • DOL registration and continuing follow up
  • Reviewing the quirks of the Form ETA 9089, esp. Section H
  • Comparison of new and old Form ETA 9089
  • Lessons from BALCA
  • Expecting an Audit
THIRD Phone Session on March 13th: Post Filing Responsibilities
  • Document retention file
  • Responding to an audit
  • How to file a motion to reconsider
  • How to file an appeal
  • Review of BALCA decisions on PERM applications
  • Federal court
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, January 29th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Consular Corner: January 2008
Liam Schwartz, Esq. presents the latest news from Consuls the world over.

Bloggings: January 17, 2008
Greg Siskind shares the latest entries to his blog.

To submit an Article for consideration, write to


USCIS Releases Latest Application And Receipting Update
USCIS released its latest application and receipting update, as of January 4, 2008.


Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Newark, NJ - Garces & Grabler, P.C. with seven offices seeks attorney with 5-10+ years immigration law experience, with an emphasis on removal proceedings, appeals, family cases, aos interviews, and consular processing. Excellent writing, technical, communication and organizational skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to be team player. Candidates with bilingual spanish language skills desired. E-mail resume, with your specific experience, salary requirements and writing sample to or fax: (732) 745-1249. All submissions will remain in confidence.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Chicago, IL - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP seeks senior level immigration paralegal. Ideal candidate will have 5+ years of experience in senior level capacity with an immigration law firm, law department or corporate immigration function. Manages caseload with a large degree of independence. May manage a team of one or more legal support staff. Serves as team resource for client and office procedures. Communicates regularly with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues. Candidates will have 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 required. Competitive salary + excellent benefits package. Send cover letter, resume + writing sample to EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Dallas, TX - Epstein Becker seeks paralegal with minimum 5 years business immigration experience, including PERM and all NIV and employment-based IV cases. Must be self-starter with ability to communicate with employers and foreign nationals; bachelor's or equivalent required. Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits. Submit cover letter + resume to

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC- Prominent Immigration law firm seeks experienced associate attorney to: interview, prepare, and represent clients/detainees before the US Immigration Courts; Adjustment of Status/Stokes/Naturalization interviews. Research and gather supporting evidence. Prepare affidavits, asylum, waiver, applications. Draft memoranda of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, immigration and federal court briefs. Must have strong work ethic; excellent research, analytical, writing and computer skills. Must be organized, able to work under pressure, and independently, under supervision of experienced attorney. 2 or more years immigration litigation experience desired. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Salary based on experience. Submit resume, writing sample, + cover letter to: All submissions will remain confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
London, UK - Have you always wanted to work in England? Hodkinson Law Group, a U.S. immigration law firm based in London, is looking for an experienced business immigration legal assistant to provide professional services to our clients. Become a part of our friendly team and enjoy a great working environment. We are looking for a university graduate with 2-4 years of business immigration paralegal/legal assistant experience who has excellent communication and organizational skills as well as the ability to work autonomously. Please email resume, cover letter, + salary requirements to

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Reston, VA - Feeling undervalued? Goel & Anderson, LLC, seeks experienced business immigration paralegals to provide professional services to its clientele, composed of Fortune 1000 corporations and leading multinational firms. Our compensation and benefits package is commensurate with top-tier law firms, with no billable hour requirement. We offer family-friendly work hours (with little/no OT required), attorneys who are easy to work with, business-casual dress policy, fully paid health/dental/vision insurance premiums, 401(K) plan with generous match, free parking, and occasional additional perks (this year, our entire staff, along with spouses/significant others, was treated to a paid vacation at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas). Ideal candidates will have 4-6 years of experience as a business immigration paralegal with a top tier law firm or in-house corporate immigration team, coupled with undergraduate degree, excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral), and ability to work independently. Please apply with resume, cover letter, + salary req. to or fax to (703) 796-9232. All submissions kept confidential. No phone calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an experienced immigration attorney in our New York City office. We are a full-service practice, and you will work predominantly on employment-based immigration matters, with focus on EB-1, O-1, and J-1 waivers. If you have excellent academic credentials and are interested in working on challenging cases at the cutting edge of immigration law, please fax your resume to (215)-825-8699 or E-mail:

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY- Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, a nationally-known immigration law firm, has an opening for an experienced immigration paralegal in our New York City office. This position will handle employment-based immigration matters for universities, hospitals, research organizations and corporations. Our firm provides paralegals with a collegial atmosphere with high professional standards. Excellent academic credentials at a minimum of a Bachelor's degree level; strong verbal, written and organizational skills; and computer literacy required for this position. Successful paralegal candidates should have at least 3 years of employment-based immigration experience. Fax resume + salary history/requirements to (215)-825-8699 or E-mail:

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Immigration Law Certificate
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. Beginning this spring, the program is also being offered online. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.


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New Partner - New York
New York - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP is pleased to announce the election of Amy C. Cococcia as a new Partner of the firm. Ms. Cococcia received her BA from Tufts University and her JD from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey, the US District Court, Eastern District of New York, and the US Supreme Court. Ms. Cococcia is an active member of AILA, the Federal Bar Council, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


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 find it ironic that the first article cited in the January 14th issue is from Tamar Jacoby of the Manhattan Institute and the sole letter is fellow New Yorker Roger Algase's letter's fulmination that all Republicans (presumably including Tamar Jacoby and the decidedly non-Republican Robert Samuelson) are both anti-immigration and loathe Latinos, who are, according to his letters, a "race" lacking a culture distinct from America's. Or is it that America has no culture and thus doesn't deserve respect? My visceral reaction to the letter helped me start to understand why some Minutemen who spend too much time reading "the other side"'s literature accuse La Raza of racism akin to the Nazis. Certainly my grandmother would be appalled by Mr. Algase's letter's insinuation about culture and the lack or presence of it, whichever way it cuts. Americans have a distinct culture (and pretty attractive), and are certainly not Britons or even Canadians. Similarly, Latinos share a swathe of cultural characteristics, though there are huge cultural differences among them, larger even than there are between Americans from different parts of the country. Culture is, sometimes seemingly uniquely in America, not racially bound, though there is heavy overlap. That lack of racial-cultural identity in the USA is but one of the cultural reasons I am here.

Honza Prchal, Esq.
Birmingham, AL

Dear Editor:
The 01/15/08 ID Editorial entitled, "Deport Them," raises an interesting issue - a human-interest news-scoop standpoint that Joe America loves to hear while sipping his morning coffee before leaving for his hum-drum, pay-the-bills job in his picket-fenced, middle-American community of like-minded souls, the majority of whom are not personally affected by immigration issues, but still agree with Lou Dobbs. The bottom line is, America needs immigrants to fill "the jobs that American's won't do". This has been proven, and should do more than raise the consciousness of Joe America; it should raise the consciousness of Sammy Senator and Connie Congresswoman, whose job it is to pass good legislation. They failed in 2007, but perhaps I expect too much of professional politicians who seem to believe "pork-barrel politics as usual" is OK, then retire to receive fat pensions and jobs as lobbyists for the corporate machine. America needs an immigration program, coupled with revised labor laws, that meet the present and future needs of employers; while at the same time protecting US jobs and wages, a workable "guest worker program," not a "path to citizenship". US Immigration law has continually failed miserably in its conception, application and enforcement. Don't blame the illegals; they just do what comes naturally, following the proverbial carrot thrust at them over the four borders. Blame the president and the Congress. But what can we expect from them? America is once again engaged in a costly and useless war, hell-bent on forcing the entire world to conform to what the Bush administration believes is "Truth, justice and the American way," no matter what the facts or consequences, leaving the country a fiscal and divided wreck for the next president, who will be blamed for everything. So, can we really expect good immigration legislation?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
It is the Roger Algase letter of 01/16/08 ID that is in complete denial. It is totally preposterous to suggest that early American immigration circumstances should be the basis of today's policies and credibility is lost by such assertion. To attribute "racial aspects" of those concerned with the unprecedented millions of illegals flooding our land, mostly Latinos, and to ignore the magnitude of these high numbers is the height of denial. At least early migrants were inspected at Ellis Island. To refer to the very real Latino ReConquista movement as "racial slurs" and a "myth" is beyond denial. Jose Angel Gutierrez, former head of the Mexican-American Studies Center at U of Texas, Arlington boasted that: "We are the future of America. Unlike any prior generation, we now have the critical mass. We're going to Latinize this country." and further that, "...people from Mexico, Central and South America are not immigrating to the US. They are simply migrating because this land had been theirs". MEChA stands for "Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan." or "Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan." MEChA is an Hispanic separatist organization that encourages anti-American activities and civil disobedience in reclaiming the "lost Territories" of the Southwestern US - called Aztlan. Aztlan is explained by California's Santa Barbara School District's Chicano Studies textbook, "The Mexican American Heritage" by East Los Angeles high school teacher Carlos Jimenez. There is a redrawn Mexico/US map, showing Mexico with a full one-third more territory, all of it taken back from the US (p.84). It further says "Latinos are now realizing that the power to control Aztlan may once again be in their hands" (p.107). Shown are the "repatriated" eight or nine states including Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and parts of Washington. A myth? Hardly. Denial, definitely.

Jim Roberts

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