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Immigration Daily September 7, 2005
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Katrina And Immigration Professionals

At least 40 immigration law firms have been affected by Hurricane Katrina and have likely permanently lost their offices. The challenge for the professionals in these 40 law firms is to find suitable employment (a job or partnership) since it will be a long time before New Orleans is up and running again. ILW.COM wishes to offer assistance to members of the immigration law community who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. Anyone who has lost his/her employment due to Hurricane Katrina is eligible for a free Position Sought ad in Immigration Daily. Send an email with the classified ad text to webmaster@ilw.com. Further, ILW.COM invites immigration law firms who wish to hire displaced immigration attorneys and/or paralegals to send an email to: webmaster@ilw.com.

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The Effects of Criminal Conduct and Contact with the Criminal Justice System on Immigration Status

The third phone session of the REAL ID seminar will deal with interdisciplinary issues in immigration law and criminal law. The curriculum is as follows:

What with the REAL ID Act expanding the grounds of removability and weakening the ability to obtain relief, ever more sophisticated and sensitive databases coming on line, and increases in fraud detection and prevention fees, we can expect that the need to understand the effects of contact with the criminal justice system, as well as the means by which we can try to mitigate the effects of those contacts, will only grow. This session will address the implications of criminal conduct on immigration status. It will focus on the following:

  • The definition of the term "conviction" under the immigration laws
  • Avoiding convictions
  • Structuring plea agreements
  • Consulting with criminal attorneys
  • What to do when a conviction is unavoidable
  • Detention issues
  • Understanding criminal databases
  • Will the REAL ID Act's driver license provisions increase the number of "criminal aliens" placed in removal proceedings
  • Addressing criminal issues in USCIS petitions and applications
  • Handling inspections at ports of entry
  • Finding relief from the consequences of criminal conduct
  • Jurisdictional obstacles to challenging removal orders based on criminal convictions or conduct
  • Post-order issues
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, September 13th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/july2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/july2005.pdf.


Article

Asylum Essentials: The US Asylum Program Needs More Resources, Not Restrictions
Walter A. Ewing and Benjamin Johnson of The Immigration Policy Center write "The critical issue is whether or not the Asylum Officers who are assigned to review asylum claims have the time and resources they need to efficiently and effectively determine who is a legitimate refugee."


News

DOS Publishes Final Rule On E3 Visas
The Department of State published a final rule in the Federal Register expanding the definition of treaty trader and treaty investor to include the new E-3 nonimmigrant category for nonimmigrant treaty aliens coming to the US solely to perform services in a specialty occupation.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Leading New York City law firm, requires intelligent and creative associate to focus on business immigration matters, as well as handle family immigration, consular and citizenship matters. The ideal candidate would have up to two years of relevant immigration experience, be admitted to the NY bar, function as a team player in a fast-paced environment and be willing to take charge of complex and diverse cases. The qualified individual must also be self-motivated, possess excellent writing skills and have a passion for immigration law. Outstanding opportunity for an attorney to grow in an expanding and interesting practice. The salary is commensurate with experience and we also offer an excellent benefits package. Apply in confidence to: resumes@cyrusmehta.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, has openings for experienced legal assistants in our San Francisco office. We are seeking individuals with 1-3 years law firm experience. Must be able to manage cases, work within strict timelines, have excellent customer service skills, and possess attention to detail. Email resume and cover letter to careers@usabal.com or fax to 415.217.4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Kapoor & Associates seeks paralegal/legal assistant for busy family- and employment-based immigration law firm located in Midtown Atlanta, GA; Duties include a little of everything, including preparation of immigration documents, case mgmt, and client liaison; Excellent opportunity to learn, grow and advance with expanding practice; Must have a college degree, and prefer someone with immigration experience; Must have excellent computer skills; Multi-linguals preferred. Competitive salary/benefits. Send resume with salary history to Romy Kapoor by e-mail: employment@kapoorlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
AIESEC is the world's premier international youth organization dedicated to increasing cultural understanding and cooperation through running an international work exchange program. AIESEC has an immediate opening for a visa program manager position based in New York City. The visa program manager is in charge of all aspects of Aiesec's Exchange Visitor Program (EVP+). The EVP+ program rapidly provides immigration attorneys and corporations with a fast, high quality J-1 sponsorship alternative, and is a key strategy helping to fuel the growth of our organization. He/she works with more than one hundred immigration attorneys and company HR representatives to sponsor individuals on the J-1 training visa. The manager reviews and sponsors hundreds of individual applications on J-1 training programs. start date: ASAP. Skills and Experience: customer relationship management skills and experience; must be a motivated self-starter, with excellent follow-through skills, who can work independently; exceptional communication, organization, and analytical abilities; legal or immigration industry background, experience and knowledge a plus. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Jim Kelly: JimK@aiesecus.org. No phone calls, please.

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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