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Immigration Daily June 14, 2005
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Ron Klasko On PERM

The deadline to sign up for the next phone session of Ron Klasko's PERM seminar is Tuesday, June 14th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2005.pdf.)

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


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Deadline Is Tuesday, June 14th

Ron Klasko (who needs no introduction) will present a 3-part telephonic seminar on PERM. The curriculum is as follows:

In addition to the specific items below, each session will discuss: Panelists' experience with PERM (successes, problems, timing, conversions, logistical/technological issues, what's being audited, audit experiences, differences between Atlanta and Chicago); Panelists' experiences with Backlog Processing Centers (timing, substantive issues, differences between Texas and Pennsylvania); New guidance from ETA; Experience with SWAs re: prevailing wages.

FIRST Phone Session on May 19:

  • Refiling Issues - "Identical" conversions; Issues to consider: quotas, new prevailing wage, new SVP, impact on seventh year extensions of H-1Bs, age out children, other personal issues.
  • Developing the Case Strategy - Chronology of case steps; Timing issues from beginning to filing.
  • Completing the forms - Registration issues; How to avoid rejection; Answering Specific Questions
SECOND Phone Session on June 16:
  • Prevailing wages - Strategies for getting lower level wage; Use of private surveys; Role of advocacy; Appeals
  • Job Requirements - Avoiding alternative occupations; Avoiding special requirements; O*Net/SVP advanced issues; What is "normal"?
  • Audit Proofing the Application - What cases get audited?; Strategies for avoiding audits.
THIRD Phone Session on July 14:
  • Recruitment Issues - Deciding if "professional" recruitment is necessary; Choosing the best recruitment plan; Issues in each of the optional recruitment categories; Technical compliance sufficient?
  • Recruitment Reports - Issues in disqualifying applicants; Applying combination of education, training and experience standard; Format and timing of the report.
  • Issues for small and closely-held businesses - Special requirements; Strategies for presenting case.
The deadline to sign up for the next phone session is Tuesday, June 14th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2005.pdf.)


Article

News From CLINIC's Case Files: Issue Four
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.'s Division of Public Education and Advocacy provides examples of vulnerable immigrants and developments that negatively impact the population served by its affiliate agencies.


News

Federal Courts Issue Memos On REAL ID
The Federal Courts including the Administrative Office Of US Courts and the 5th Circuit issued memos on REAL ID (courtesy of Richard S. Fischer).


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Office of the Chief Counsel (OCC), CIS, DHS, is seeking an experienced attorney with demonstrated experience in immigration law for the Adjudications Law Division (ALD) in Washington, D.C. Each attorney will serve as an advisor to the Chief of the ALD, the Chief Counsel, and to USCIS and other Departmental components on issues relating to U.S. immigration laws. The ALD handles legal matters related to all aspects of immigration benefits. ALD attorneys review regulations, policy memoranda, and field guidance for legal sufficiency. ALD attorneys also provide litigation support to the Department of Justice in federal lawsuits involving USCIS regulations, adjudications, practices, and/or policies. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree from an accredited law school, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three 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. Deadline: Applications must be received by the closing date/time of 5:00 pm Eastern Time on July 5, 2005. Applicants also must submit: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position (2) A current resume (3) Two writing samples. Submit to Ian Hinds, Deputy Chief of the Adjudications Law Division at Ian.Hinds@dhs.gov. For complete information, see this attachment.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown NYC-based immigration law firm has opening for business paralegal. Firm forms strategic partnerships with corporate clients providing outstanding counsel in the areas of complex H-1B visa matters, PERM based permanent residency cases, as well as investor, intracompany transferee, extraordinary ability and national interest waiver petitions. Clients range from small to medium sized companies, as well as individuals, and the firm offers counsel in English, Japanese, Hindi, Gujarati, Nepali, and Croatian. We are currently searching for a business immigration paralegal, with responsibilities including preparation of: business immigration visa petitions, labor certification applications and permanent residency applications. This position will also handle daily tasks associated with the practice. Candidates must clearly understand immigration process; must be detail oriented and have excellent writing skills. Candidates must be able to work well in a document intensive environment. 2+ years minimum employment-based immigration experience and bachelor's degree required. Paralegal certificate preferred. We are an equal opportunity employer. Send resume to: immjobsnow@hotmail.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Law Offices of Ron Katiraei, an expanding immigration law firm with a focus on employment based visas, is accepting applications for a paralegal with minimum of 5 years experience in handling and preparation of employment-based visa-petitions such as L-1, H-1B, O-1, E-1-2, TN and other corporate-employment based visas. Full-time position is based in Jackson Heights, NY. We require excellent interpersonal and writing skills as well as good knowledge of computer and case management system. Send your resume, cover letter + salary requirements in confidence to: katirlaw@aol.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Alcala Law Firm, PC a small international law firm in Salt Lake City, is seeking an experienced immigration paralegal to work directly with two immigration attorneys. Candidate must have at least five years of paralegal experience in immigration matters. Candidate must possess strong organizational, research, computer skills, and writing skills. Applicant must be fluent in English and Spanish, both spoken and written. An undergraduate degree is required. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package, outstanding work environment, and comprehensive support to enable our paralegal to assume significant responsibility, including contact with clients. Collegial, open office with a professional family atmosphere. Please cover letter and resume to: james@alcalaimmigration.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Jasinsky Immigration Law LLC seeks an experienced business immigration attorney for our Stamford, Connecticut office. Send cover letter and resume to Laura Jasinsky, laura@jasinsky.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Jasinsky Immigration Law LLC seeks an experienced business immigration paralegal for our Stamford, Connecticut office. Send cover letter and resume to Laura Jasinsky, laura@jasinsky.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit focusing its work on the civil and human rights of insular minorities. The Center initiates and conducts major class action litigation. The program also operates community-based and international human rights projects. The Center currently has an opening for a Staff Attorney. The Staff Attorney will assist in development and implementation of a training program on the rights of abused immigrant women and children, as well as provide technical support and assistance to Pro Bono attorneys representing abused immigrant women and children minors. The Staff Attorney will also represent abused women and children in Special Immigrant Juvenile, Asylum, VAWA, U-Visa, and T-Visa proceedings. Qualifications: Applicants must be admitted to CA Bar; must have experience with preparing one of the following: (SIJ petitions, VAWA petitions, or U-Visa applications); must be bilingual in Spanish and English; must have strong research and writing skills; should have demonstrated commitment to social justice issues. Compensation: $40,000 plus benefits. Do not telephone. Send resume, cover letter, 3 references, and writing sample in Word format (no WP docs) to both Angela Perry: aperry@centerforhumanrights.org and Peter Schey: pschey@centerforhumanrights.org.

Offshore Services For Law Firms
We offer a wide range of back-office & clerical support services to immigration attorneys in NIV and IVs, including managing checklists, form completion, drafting cover/employer letters, consular processing assistance, follow-up/correspondence with clients and other related services. Our services cover document generation, data entry, accounts, scheduling/calendering, clerical & archival. Quantum Technologies, Inc. is a sister company to Adnet Advertising Agency, the worldwide leader in immigration advertising services for over a decade. Headquartered in New York City, Quantum provides the highest quality services to law firms enabling them to cost effectively and securely outsource law firm back office processes, and focus on increasing earning, growth and servicing their clients. We work as your partner offering tailored services that accelerate product delivery. With state-of-the-art communication facilities and infrastructure, our offsite center functions as a virtual extension of your office providing 24 x 7 support and significant cost savings. Convenient billing options are available. For more info. contact Johaina Mumtaz at Johaina@quantum-usa.com or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.


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Letters

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

Dear Editor:
It is indeed sad to read a story such as the article written by Kamal Essaheb (6/13/2005 ID) because the dashed hopes of talented youth diminish us all when the culprit is the law. Mr. Essaheb appears to be the sort of immigrant who strengthens the fabric of American society, and has proven himself by his worthy accomplishments and lofty future goals. Unfortunately, America has immigration laws that he and his family have violated. What makes this story all the more sad is that the reality of Mr. Essaheb's plight is that through no fault of his own, he was unwittingly thrust into his present immigration dilemma by his parents, who knowingly decided to violate American law and overstay the family's visas, ultimately being caught by the unexpected "Special Registration". Ironic, though, that Mr. Essaheb's father seems to have skated free, while his sons, who have done him so proud, now bear the cruel brunt of the force of immigration law. They have their parents to thank for providing them the opportunities and success they have enjoyed in America, yet they have their parents to blame for putting them into the catch-22 immigration situation in which they now find themselves. There are possible legal remedies to Mr. Essaheb's dilemma, but it will take competent immigration counsel to assist him. "A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client.", hopefuly, he is wise enough to this time retain competent legal counsel, rather falling back on his article's statement "Unable to find an attorney, I filed my own . . .", only to find another denial at the end of the long and complex process. Yes, for those who would be so naive to think they can represent themselves in immigration proceedings, attorneys do charge for their services, just as Mr. Essaheb will when he becomes one.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
In response to MS (6/10/05 ID), I agree, it would be "preposterous" to compare immigration to "a party" (RL Ranger 6/09/05ID), but that is not what was done. The use of an example of a party no more related directly to immigration than did the banking example which did not imply that all immigrants were bankers. It was the logic of both examples that were the lessons and transferable to the topic of immigration, not the props used to do that. While again agreeing with MS that many special interests want more immigration, this is the huge "disconnect" between them and most of the general public whom poll after poll show want less. The respected RoperASW poll showed that that by far the majority want less legal and illegal "immigration". It is this same "disconnect" that results in the clamor for globalism at the expense of our sovereignty, safety and secure borders. Some interests just place profits over patriotism and culture. And while agreeing again that, "contradictions" in micro examples of the benign vs. chaos issue exists, the macro characterization of illegal entry as both remains difficult. With regards to comments that my statement , "the definition of 'immigrant' presumes legality" requires further support, some things are self-evident, except to overly introspective lawyers. And I do not believe "most American ancestors" arrived by sneaking over our borders, without inspection, in violation of our entry laws.

R. L. Ranger


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