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Running With The Bulls In Immigration Pamplona

Hey there, Immigration Lawyers, are you feeling breathless in the race to keep pace with ever-changing immigration rules? Do you fear becoming road kill as Congress's new herd of recently-enacted immigration laws come close to trampling you? Are you racing toward the new laws' effective dates with no clue as to the path to take when they arrive? Has the Intelligence Restructuring Act restructured your intelligence? Is your immigration knowledge retrogressing? Well, don't be stampeded. Don't be gored by the fine points of the new laws, regulations, policy memoranda, and court rulings.

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  • The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act
  • Immigration Provisions in the Intelligence Restructuring Act
  • Electronic I-9 Legislation
  • The J-1 Waiver Relief Act

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  • Tsunami-Related Immigration Relief
  • Immigration Judicial Decisions You Can Use Today
  • US Visit Implementation and NSEERS Detritus
  • The Yates' Retrogression Memo and New Restrictions on Concurrent Filing

THIRD Phone Session on March 3rd:

  • The "Other" 7th-Year-Plus H-1B Extension for Per-Country Quota Unavailability
  • PERM's Impact on 7th-year (and beyond) H-1B extensions
  • Backlog Reduction Update, Pre-PERM Grandfathering and PERM Preparedness
  • New Developments As They Arise
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Article

The Foreign-Born Population, 2000-2004
Steven A. Camarota writes "The recent economic slowdown represents a real-world test of the argument that immigration is largely driven by the US economy."


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Visa Cable On Biometric Deployment
The Department of State issued a cable congratulating all NIV and IV issuing posts on the successful deployment of the biometric visa program.


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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Ronald W. Freeman, P.C. is an employment-based immigration law firm located in downtown New York City with a diverse corporate client base. We are looking for an attorney with at least 3 years of employment-based immigration experience to join our firm. Must have significant experience in nonimmigrant/immigrant business visas and labor certification. Strong communication (written & verbal) and case management skills required. Must be willing to participate in practice development efforts. Please email resume & salary requirements in confidence to jobposting@rwfpc.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Larrabee & Zimmerman LLP, the leading business immigration law firm in San Diego, CA, seeks an associate attorney. Must have 1 to 2 years of business immigration experience in a high volume, fast-paced immigration firm. Experience must include the preparation of labor certifications, nonimmigrant petitions, adjustment of status and consular processing applications as well as NIW, extraordinary ability, multi-national and researcher petitions. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. A great work place to work and enjoy your chosen career. Membership in CA bar a plus. Send your resume + salary expectations by email (only) with subject: Immigration Attorney to hr@larrabee.com.

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Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Larrabee & Zimmerman LLP, the leading business immigration law firm in San Diego, CA, seeks a senior associate attorney. Must have 3 to 5 years of business immigration experience in a high volume, fast-paced immigration firm. Experience must include direct management of corporate clients' immigration legal needs including labor certifications, all nonimmigrant categories, adjustment of status and consular processing as well as NIW, extraordinary ability, multi-national and researcher petitions. Strong writing and verbal communication skills required. Excellent benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. A great place to work and enjoy your chosen career. Membership in CA bar a plus. Send your resume + salary expectations by email (only) with subject: Senior Immigration Attorney to hr@larrabee.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Fakhoury Law Group, PLLC based in Troy, Michigan has an immediate opening for a paralegal with 2+ years of immigration law experience, particularly labor certifications and I-140s. We offer a competitive salary, benefits and excellent work environment. Please email resume + salary requirements to Rami Fakhoury: rami@employmentimmigration.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opportunity in our dynamic team in the Law and Corporate Affairs Department in Redmond, Washington. The position requires excellent academic credentials, 4-6 years experience in all nonimmigrant business visas, labor certifications, and other business-related immigration matters. Strong case management, communication and writing skills are required. Must be customer-service focused and able to thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Prior experience managing legal staff and proficiency with Microsoft technology a plus. Microsoft offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits and casual workplace environment. Please submit your response in Word format to resume@microsoft.com. Please indicate job code N145-122703 in the subject line. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Rakesh Mehrotra based in Fairfax County, Virginia seeks an attorney interested in long term stable employment, with 2+ years experience in employment-based immigrant categories, specifically labor certs. Opportunity to play a key role in supporting a mature and expanding practice. Must be detail-oriented with excellent case management, organizational and computer skills. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume with career goals and financial requirements to Rakesh Mehrotra by email: attorney@immigrationonline.com or by fax: 703-918-6356.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
10+ person, fast-paced, leading business immigration law firm based in NYC seeks senior immigration attorney. Must have 7+ years experience with full range of complex business immigration cases in NIV and IV matters as well as family-based & naturalization. Must have in-depth knowledge of laws & procedures, excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented, able to manage a large, complex case load, work independently and supervise & train associates and staff. Seeking a dedicated professional willing to make a commitment who can work well under the pressures of a busy immigration law firm. Partnership track potential for the right person. Competitive compensation package offered. Please submit cover letter, resume, university and law school transcripts and employment references to: globallaw2005@yahoo.com. All resumes will kept confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Mid and Senior level Immigration Paralegals with strong interpersonal skills are sought by a busy and growing corporate immigration law firm in downtown New York City. Top $$. Candidates with over 18 months of immigration law experience consisting H-1B/L-1/E-2 and RIR based Labor Certifications should apply by sending a resume to Keshab Seadie: immjobsnow@hotmail.com. All resumes will be kept in strict confidence. EOE.

Help Wanted: Law Firm Administrator
The Law Offices of Jessica Dominguez, a rapidly expanding law practice seeks an experienced law firm administrator/office manager. The position is based in San Fernando Valley, CA. Must be able to speak/read/write Spanish. Position requires 2 years as law firm administrator/office manager with bookkeeping/accounting responsibilities and experience using QuickBooks. Excellent communication, organizational, and computer skills. Ability to work independently or in a team is required. We offer a compensation package including salary + bonus with benefits. We work in a collegial and friendly office setting. Send cover letter and resume in confidence to Javier Dominguez by fax: 818-988-6998 or email: abogadalatina@aol.com.

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Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred).

Dear Editor:
Ms. Moidel's letter (1/18/05 ID) suggests that it is the fault of the SSA and IRS the would-be taxpayers don't pay taxes. The IRS started requiring that applicants for taxpayer ID numbers actually file a tax return in order to get the number because so many were requesting the number but not filing taxes. In fact, the IRS stated that of the 6 million or so holders of ITINs, only about 2 million actually paid taxes. Should immigration be limited to only the nuclear family? No brothers or sisters and their nuclear families, no parents? No amnesties rewarding lawbreakers, and adding to the waits for those who immigrated, or are waiting to immigrate, legally? Until then, the waits will be long. This country was founded as "We, the People". Employers act in their own best interests, not necessarily to the best interest of their employees or society as a whole. If employers are so worthy and honorable, why do so many illegal aliens live in poverty and work under dangerous conditions? Nothing about a worker's illegal status says that employers can't treat them decently, and pay well, but most such employers do not. So, why on earth should we let employers unilaterally decide who they want us to admit to our society? Who they want us to assume lifelong responsibility for, when they won't? If most applicants for asylum showed up for their hearings, then there wouldn't be the reasonable presumption that they needed to be detained because their asylum claims are fraudulent and they'll flee. Our ancestors came legally and expected to Americanize. There's a very simple solution to the issue of long-term permanent residents being deported, that's for them to naturalize. Isn't that the ultimate intent of the Green Card, to turn immigrants into citizens?

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
O. Sanchez (01-12-2005) castigates attorney Sid Lachter (01-11-2005), for his statement, "Why does Chucky have so much to say about immigration, a subject that he clearly does not understand?" I agree with Ms. Sanchez that Chucky has the constitutional right of freedom of speech to express his opinion, but that right does not extend to the right to misrepresent facts, or to distort reality. As to O. Sanchez's further remark accusing Mr. Lachter of being " . . . an immigration lawyer who supports an open door immigration policy . . .", this is yet one more example of the "Chucky mentality", as it appears that unless O. Sanchez has credible independent information not contained in Mr. Lachter's letter, he/she has absolutely no facts to support that harsh and demeaning accusation, shot from the hip, simply not credible, and definitely not qualified to voice that opinion, regardless of a constitutional right. Moral of the story . . . get the facts straight, and do not make opinion statements unless there are articulable facts to support that particular opinion. Freedom of speech does not provide freedom from responsibility.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
It is with great pleasure that I read the featured articles in Immigration Daily. This is in response to the recent article on H4 visas and the response to Anita Raj regarding the wives who come to USA as their husband's dependants and are not authorized to work in the USA (1/5/05). I have my own views on the H4 visa holders as I happen to be one of them. I come as a professional person who has a lot to give to the community here in terms of my experience of having worked in different continents in the third world countries over 20 years. The ethnic background employers here do appreciate talents and expertise and experience but they will not want to apply for my work visa as they think that is a favor. Larger companies want me to have work authorization for either a PT or FT job. Ethnic employers ask me to work without papers until I have earned them enough money to let them bestow that favour to me. I choose to decline those offers and will not work illegally as that is contrary to my belief. I respect the laws of government as these are ordained by a higher power. Instead of bringing in more and more skilled workers thru H1 and unskilled workers thru green card lottery system, it would be great to make use of those H4 professionals already in the country who have been in the profession over long period but are restricted. I am surprised that many employers get away with employing and exploiting good workers and immigration can do nothing about it. It looks like they do know that the problem does exist but it does not seem like a priority. If the immigration tightened their strings and put a pressure on the employers we will have lessened the illegal work force, abolishing it completely.

K Christian Sharma

Dear Editor:
It appears that the much rumored passage of the DREAM Act, which would give illegal aliens an opportunity to attend college at an American students expense, will be nothing more than a dream based on strong Republican opposition in the new Congress, thankfully.

Chucky

Dear Editor:
You didn't place the the story and link in my letter to Immigration Daily, which was the basis of my comment. And you didn't mention one of my comments on a section in ILW.com referencing "Right Sourcing" Immigration Law services.

E Worden

Editor's Note: Immigration Daily no longer carries newspaper links based on reader feedback. Also, we edit letters to ensure that they meet our editorial standards. While we encourage debate and welcome criticism and opposing viewpoints, intended sarcasm is omitted because it denigrates discussion.

Dear Editor:
I'm glad that the President talks about helping illegal immigrants. Thats good because really Spanish is and going to be our second language. People ask...We dont know what they're doing while the're here? they're here to make more money to take care of their family, create a better life for themselves and their kids. There's no harm in that. Some hide because they don't want to go back, some are married to a American man or woman and have kids still living here illegal. They may not have family back home. What happens to their kids and husbands or wives if they go back? or if they live here so long and they dont speak spanish anymore What then? It is not right to hurt there kids and family. Open the border so they can come and go. Let them have IDs with pictures so we know whos coming and going. How many more have to die trying to come to America? Lets try to help them have better futures. Lets try it for 6 month and see how it works or help the one's who are here already.

A.P


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New Attorney
The Law Offices of Monica E. Lukoschek is pleased to announce that Suzanne G. Brummett has joined the firm. Ms. Brummett has extensive experience representing Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies and individuals in U.S. employment-based and family-based immigration matters. She is admitted to practice law in California and Florida and is an active member of AILA. The firm is available to assist in complex RFE responses, Appeals and Motions to Reopen and/or Reconsider. The firm is located at 23046 Avenida de la Carlota, Suite 600, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, and can be reached by phone at (949)480-9345.


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