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Immigration Daily February 13, 2006
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Many Items

Today's issue features two immigration policy articles, a CRS report, 7 classifeds, and more. Scroll below to find the item(s) of interest.

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


Focus

Curriculum For PERM Seminar

The curriculum for our forthcoming PERM seminar is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Feb 23, 2006:

  • Mechanics of Filing
  • Important PERM Defniitions in Regulations
  • Preparation of 9089 - Inconsistencies and Contradictions
  • Filing Checklists -- Employer, Alien, Job Duties
  • O*Net and Prevailing Wage
  • Applications to Qualify for 2nd Preference

SECOND Phone Session on March 16, 2006:

  • Details in Ads and Recruitment
  • Recruitment Strategy
  • Notice, Posting & SWA's
  • Regular and Professional Ads & Options
  • Special Handling & Schedule A
  • Review of Resumes
  • Legal Rejection of US Workers
  • Employer Recruitment Reports

THIRD Phone Session on April 13, 2006:

  • Audit Proofing & Audits
  • How to Avoid Audits
  • Recently Emerging Issues
  • Restrictive Requirements
  • Good Faith Requirements
  • Impact of BALCA on PERM
  • Reconsideration and Appeals
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, February 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/february2006.pdf.)


Article

Giving Enforcement A Chance Before We Give Up On Immigration Enforcement, Why Don't We Try It?
Mark Krikorian writes "This, then, is our current approach to immigration enforcement: make it hard (a little harder, anyway) to get across the border, but easier than ever to burrow in once you get to the interior."

Economic Growth & Immigration: Bridging The Demographic Divide
Robert Paral, Dan Siciliano, et. al write "Since few additional workers can be culled from the native-born population, particularly in occupations that require little formal education or training, immigration has become a critical source of labor force growth."


News

CRS Report On Mexico-US Border Issues
The Congressional Research Service issued a report on the interactions between Mexico and the US on migration and border issues during the administrations of President George W. Bush and President Vicente Fox of Mexico.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, a prominent global immigration law firm. The ideal candidate will work on site at a client in McLean, Virginia and must have 3-6 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. Fragomen offers highly competitive salaries and great benefits. Please submit resume, writing sample and salary requirements to Alaina Shneiderovsky: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Microsoft has immediate opportunity for an experienced immigration paralegal to join the Legal and Corporate Affairs Department in Redmond, WA. Duties: prepare and file nonimmigrant/immigrant petitions including extension of stay applications, amended petitions, change of status applications, port of entry applications, adjustment applications, family-based petitions, etc..; respond to client inquiries; prepare visa packets and employment verification letters; manage caseload and monitor expiration dates. Update I-9s. Maintain and update internal immigration database on client specific matters. Minimum of 2-3 years immigration paralegal experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; exceptional organizational skills; effective teaming and partnering skills; and proficiency in Microsoft Desktop applications. Bachelor's degree preferred. Competitive salary, excellent benefits including relocation, if applicable, and casual yet dynamic workplace. If you want to work on a team of world class immigration professionals and take your career to the next level, come join us. Submit resume in Word format to Kristen at LCAres@microsoft.com. Indicate job code N145-152847 in subject line. Microsoft is an EOE and strongly supports workplace diversity.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
13-person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks immigration lawyer with 3+ years of business immigration experience. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant & immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Very competitive compensation package offered. Law firm located in midtown Manhattan. Please submit cover letter + resume to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Walt Disney World Company seeks a full-time immigration representative to support a high volume immigration department based in Lake Buena Vista, FL - Orlando area. Extensive interaction with all levels of employees, management and gov't agencies. Position offers tremendous learning opportunity with multiple challenges. Required skills/experience: immigration paralegal certification or Bachelor's degree or equivalent in business; demonstrated strong case management experience; computer proficiency within Windows environment; strong written + verbal communication skills; effective presentation skills; strong partnering and problem solving skills; excellent organizational skills with attention to detail; ability to handle confidential information; willingness and ability to learn and adapt to new software applications. Desired skills/experience: minimum 2 yrs+ experience with employment-based non-immigrant visas; proven familiarity with H/J/L/O/P visas; knowledge of Exchange Visitor Program, SEVIS, I-9 requirements; multi-lingual abilities. To apply for this position (Immigration Representative, X102674), visit disneycareers.com and submit your resume. Disney is an EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Columbus, Ohio law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is seeking a paralegal with 2+ yrs. experience in employment-based non-immigrant and immigrant categories, including labor certs. Opportunity to play a key role in supporting a mature and expanding practice. Bachelor's degree and ABA certificate preferred. Must be detail-oriented with excellent writing, organizational and computer skills. Good benefits. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume by mail to Donna Prehm, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, P.O. Box 1008, Columbus, Ohio 43216, by fax at 614-719-4913, or by e-mail to dfprehm@vssp.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opportunity in our dynamic team in the Legal 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 resume in Word format to Kristen at LCAres@microsoft.com. Please indicate job code N145-152245 in the subject line. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

Immigration Law Conference
The 29th National Legal Conference on Immigration and Refugee Policy "Future Shock: Perspectives on Comprehensive Immigration Reform" will be held on March 13-14, 2006 in NYC. Presented by the Center for Migration Studies, in association with the Fordham School of Law (ILW.COM is the media sponsor for this event). The conference will offer an insider's look at the policy and politics in the growing debate on comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration professionals, gov't officials, HR professionals, and non-profits should not miss the chance to hear noted experts speak on topics such as border control, prospects for a guest worker program, internal worksite enforcement, and many other business, family, and asylum issues. Opportunity to interact with key policymakers at this unique international event. Participants are eligible for up to 9.5 credit hrs. Discounts are available for students, nonprofits and government employees. For more info, see here.


comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com.

Honors And Awards - Chairman's Award
Charles A. Tievsky, a a Northern Virginia immigration attorney, was presented with the Chairman's Award by the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce. The Chairman's Award is presented annually to a person deemed by the Chairman of the Board to have performed extraordinary service on behalf of the Chamber. Chairman Pat Williams selected Mr. Tievsky in recognition of his assistance to the Chamber in developing and advocating its position supporting comprehensive immigration reform. Law Office of Charles A. Tievsky, PLC, Immigration and Nationality Law, 11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 2000 Reston, VA 20190. Ph: 703-716-0022. Fax: 703-935-6088.


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:
MH's letter appears to take great pleasure in his/her remark (02/10/06 ID), "I also find it disturbing that an immigration attorney would be so willing to hire an illegal to do something for him. What happened to ethics and respect for those very laws attorneys claim to be practitioners of?" What I said in my letter (02/08/06) was . . . "And if I wanted to hire someone for $10 an hour to help me move, or to clean the brush out of my back yard, where else but the readily available illegal labor pool can I go . . . the County Welfare Office . . .?" A closer reading of my letter will reveal that my statement was clearly rhetorical, and that I never said that I did, or that I would hire an illegal, so there is no reason for MH's letter to query what happened to ethics and respect for the law. I should not need to defend myself from MH letter's irresponsible and inaccurate acquisition, passed on without the exercise of prudent editorial discretion by Immigration Daily. In fact, although readily available in my neighborhood, I have not hired an illegal alien. And in fact, I have not moved in twenty-two years, and my wife clears the brush from our back yard, and she is a US citizen. MH's letter also seems to have missed my successive remark, "I do not condone illegal immigration, but merely offer my arguments and observations in support of a comprehensive and well-run combination "guest worker/US worker" program that will allow US employers to lawfully and quickly employ workers for whom they have a need ..." I just want to set the record straight, and I stand on my record.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA


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