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Processing Times

ILW.COM strives to be a one-stop shop for all immigration law information. Current immigration processing times are available on ILW.COM and include waiting times announced by the Department of State, Department of Labor, USCIS Service Centers, and USCIS District Offices. Times from all sources conveniently appear on one page, a useful page to bookmark. If you have your own website, please consider linking to this page since it will save you the effort of constantly updating this information on your website. For our processing times page, see here.

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Focus

USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues

We are pleased to announce "USCIS Service Centers: Current Benefits Issues" a 3-part telephone seminar on the current state of affairs in USCIS benefits processing. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Sep 29: Current issues at Texas Service Center, Current issues at Nebraska Service Center

SECOND Phone Session on Oct 20: Current issues at California Service Center, Current issues at Vermont Service Center

THIRD Phone Session on Nov 3: Current issues at National Benefits Center, Current issues at Administrative Appeals Office, Current issues at Office of CIS Ombudsman

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 28th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/september2005.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/september2005.pdf.)


Article

Solving Today's PERM Puzzle
H. Ronald Klasko, et al. provides materials for this recent seminar.


News

2007 DV Lottery Registration Begins
The Department of State announced that registration for the 2007 Diversity Visa Lottery will begin October 5, 2005.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Downtown Washington, DC firm seeking a mature and responsible paralegal with a minimum of 2 years experience in both family and business immigration cases. Bachelor's degree and excellent writing skills are a must. We are a boutique immigration firm with a fast-paced yet collegial atmosphere and no billable hours requirements. We offer a competitive salary and benefits - both traditional (health insurance) and non-traditional (in-office professional massage). Please send resume and writing sample to Paul S. Haar, Esq., 1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036 or email to paulhaar@aol.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Small, energetic, progressive law firm in Columbus, Ohio seeks attorney with 0-5 years experience to work immigration litigation practice area. Individual must be highly motivated and well-organized, as this is a dynamic and complex practice area. Position involves extensive client contact and regional travel, with excellent opportunities for growth. French, Spanish or other foreign language preferred. Competitive salary and fringe benefits. Please submit resume and salary requirements in confidence to NLFResume@aol.com. This is a blind ad posting.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at this prominent global immigration law firm in Iselin, New Jersey. The ideal candidate must have 2 + years of exp. in business immigration, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree, MS Word and Windows 2000 required. The Firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. We are conveniently located minutes from the train station and are approximately a 40 minute train ride from Manhattan on NJ Transit. Submit resume, writing sample, + salary requirement to Alaina Shneiderovsky: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. seeks immigration paralegals for its Washington, DC (1) and its Nashville, Tennessee (1) offices. Both positions require a BA and 1-2 years of business immigration experience, including preparation of nonimmigrant petitions, labor certifications and immigrant petitions. Must have strong writing skills. Foreign language a plus, but not required. Qualified applicants should send cover letter, resume + writing sample to Betsy Taylor, Office Administrator by fax (202) 220-2235 or email to btaylor@bakerdonelson.com. Please specify desired employment location. No phones calls please. EOE/M/F/H/D/V.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm, is seeking experienced attorneys with a minimum of three years practicing business immigration law, for its Virginia and San Francisco Offices. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume environment, and utilize carefully developed procedures, advanced practice tools, and a state-of-the-art case management system. Experience in a range of business immigration matters, the ability to provide exceptional client service, experience managing teams of legal assistants, and superb analytical, and organizational skills required. We strive for excellence in legal practice in a collegial environment, promoting cooperation and learning from each other. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Please submit your resume via email to: careers@usabal.com or by fax to 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
In-house immigration attorney sought for Pittsburgh, PA based technology company as Director of Immigration Services. This individual will manage day-to-day work of paralegal staff, develop relationships with managers and liaison with subsidiaries and consulates, and participate in developing proactive immigration policy and procedure. Must have a minimum of three years of business immigration experience including H, L, B, PERM, I-9 compliance, and other related issues and be licensed to practice in PA. Interested candidates should email resume and references to permres@rapidigm.com or fax resumes to 412.494.0575.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
The Law Office of Robert B. Jobe is a nationally-recognized immigration law firm that focuses on asylum and deportation defense. We represent refugees from all over the world seeking safe-haven in the US. Our eight attorneys are supported by a staff of 12 who work in a pleasant and fast-paced environment in downtown San Francisco. The ideal candidate: is a member, in good standing, of the Bar of any state; has some immigration law experience; has a passionate commitment to immigrants' rights and social justice; has excellent research and writing skills, strong academic credentials, and an interest in public speaking; ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple tasks; ideally is fluent or proficient in a second language. We offer competitive salaries, medical benefits, a 401(k) plan, and free soda and coffee. To apply, follow these instructions: E-mail cover letter, resume, + writing sample to HR@jobelaw.com. Your writing sample can be any recent work that demonstrates your writing ability. All attachments should be in Text, PDF, WordPerfect or MS Word format. Please be prepared to provide references. Thank you for not calling our office. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted to attend a job interview.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13-person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail-oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing, communication & case management skills. We offer a competitive compensation package and congenial office atmosphere. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast-paced leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 2+ years of business immigration experience handling full range of nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com. No 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.


comingsNgoings

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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:
I fail to see how the Immigration Daily can fault Lamar Smith's Confidential Memo to the Hon. Karl Rove (9/21/05 ID), and on that basis alone call him "anti-immigration". That smacks once again of tabloid journalism. Although the political "spin" Mr. Smith interjected was an interesting insight into Washington politics, what he said in the substance of his Confidential Memo was honest, straight forward, realistic, and truthful in every respect. It must be remembered that the memo was intended to be confidential, and obviously not meant as an ultimate policy statement. Rather it was a healthy exchange of ideas, written in a hasty note to a colleague. I do not interpret Mr. Smith's remarks as being "anti-immigration", but I do detect a note of realism - - something Immigration Daily, in its apparent quest to justify illegal immigration, seems to ignore in some recent editorials. The US has serious and complex immigration problems. Now is the time to call for rational immigration solutions, rather than attacking and branding any legislator as "anti-immigration". What is needed to solve the immigration problems of the US is realistic solutions to identified problems. To date, I have seen Immigration Daily present no realistic solutions.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Ms. Yardum-Hunter's letter (09/21/05 ID) has it backwards. It is the use and abuse of H1-B that has created the reluctance of Americans to go into certain fields. A major newspaper not long ago interviewed immigrants who had established high tech businesses in the U.S. These immigrants reported that their own children were not interested in following in their parents' footsteps by going into the sciences or engineeringóbecause they knew that these jobs were going to H1-Bs or overseas. I'd suggest that those interested, check the National Science Foundation's research on the topic. The National Science Foundation (NSF) found in its surveys that foreign graduate students in these fields were primarily attracted to U.S. colleges and universities because of the availability of research assistantships, i.e., jobs. One of the major sources of funds for these jobs was research funding from the federal government. That these same jobs are too low paying to attract Americans, who do not need a green card to work and forgo earning good salaries to go to grad school, led the NSF to conclude in another report that heavier funding for scholarships and fellowships for Americans in these areas was needed. But push come to shove, no matter how highly educated Americans are, there's simply no way that it's possible for Americans in America to compete with highly educated Chinese in China or Indians in India. The cost of living and wages in those countries are simply too low. As long as American companies can bring workers from those countries to this one, and pay lower salaries than they would to Americans, or can freely ship jobs overseas and still get reduced taxes for repatriating earnings from those countries, Americans will not be able to compete no matter how educated they are.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
Since its enactment, a large number of H-1B visas have been issued to persons from China and India. It is also not surprising to note that the additional 20,000 new H-1B visas available to those with a Master's degree from a US academic institution will also be mostly used by the persons from these two countries. These two countries have very good networks in the US and because of having connection with the networks the persons from these countries have been highly recommended for H-1B visa and as a result the H-1B visas have been mostly consumed by these two countries. The USCIS does not seem concerned and serious to know as to how and why only the persons from these two countries have been issued H-1B visa. The USCs and LPRs are struggling very hard to get a job, but the foreign workers are getting jobs in the US very easily. The rate of unemployment in the US is increasing day by day, but on the other hand, foreign workers are coming to the US to work. When the application for H-1B visa is filed by the employer the USCIS does not seem so serious to look into the application as to why the job that is being given to the foreign worker, is not made available to the USC or LPR. Some H-1B visa holders are made to work in the employers' household. Furthermore, some of them are said to be working on the condition that some percentage of their salary is to be paid to the middle man. It is high time that the H-1B visa should be immediately abrogated.

S. Salike

Dear Editor:
I am not an attorney, so please forgive what might be an ignorant question. I am one victim of the recent retrogression of visa dates. What I cannot understand is the purpose of the law requiring availability of visa dates after labor certification has been approved. As I understand it, labor certification is the first step in the immigration process (making it different from an H1-b visa which allows an alien to work temporarily in the US). Isn't it logical to simply proceed to the second and third step (I-140 and I-485) to obtain permanent residency? Why is there a need to again validate that this is immigration, which effectively is what having visa dates does. If there is a need to regulate the number of immigrants, why not simply do it at the labor certification stage? The current process is like dangling a carrot at the end of an infinitely long rope.

Silent sufferer


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