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Immigration Daily March 6, 2006
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National Run For Peace And Dignity

Twelve day laborers will begin a 3,000 mile run coast-to-coast to call attention to immigration reform. Beginning on March 4, 2006, the two-month run will start in Santa Monica and will end two months later in New York City. For the full Stamford Advocate story, see here.

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


Focus

Complex Issues In Adjustment Of Status

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a 3-part telephonic seminar on complex issues in Adjustment of Status. The curriculum is as follows:

FIRST Phone Session on Mar 23, 2006: Employment-Based Adjustment

  • Refresher - INA 245(a)(3) & the Visa Bulletin
  • Retrogression - What caused this train wreck? Any legislative relief coming?
  • Effect of Retrogression on how Child Status Protection Act works - Scenarios
  • EAD and Adv Parole renewal issues - 485s transferred to district offices
  • Transferring I-485 between I-140s - effect of retrogression and the May 2000 memo
  • Maintenance of H-1B Status - discussion of AC21 104(c) as alternative to AC21 106(a); pending I-140 situations.
  • Portability and Retrogression - Scenarios
  • Portability Updates - May 12, 2005 Yates memo & USCIS Adopted Decision dated October 18, 2005

SECOND Phone Session on April 20, 2006: Family / Diversity Visa

  • Direct Filing (Lockbox) Updates - problems and recommendations
  • V visa update - one year after Akhtar
  • Who does Akhtar not cover?
  • VAWA Adjustments - procedures and tips
  • Discussion of DV Lottery adjustment procedures & issues
  • Security Name Check problems & resolution - Mandamus?

THIRD Phone Session on May 11, 2006: Adjustment in Removal Proceedings / Refugee/Asylee Adjustments

  • Latest on Arriving Aliens - Succar v. Ashcroft - Discussion on the Federal Circuit Case Law & Splits
  • Latest in refugee & asylee adjustments practice - changes and guidance from USCIS
  • REAL ID - Lifting of the asylee adjustments cap & continuing validity of the Ngwanyia settlement
  • Update on Multiple-year EADs
  • Post-Adjustment issues for Refugees/Asylees - use of refugee travel documents and question of travel back home to country of persecution
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, March 21st. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/march2006.pdf


Article

Radical Bill Would Criminalize All Aid To Undocumented Persons
Bruce A. Hake writes " The very existence of the law will terrorize the entire bar and have a chilling effect on all who try to help immigrants."

Playing Politics On Immigration: Congress Favors Image Over Substance In Passing H.R. 4437
Rob Paral for The Immigration Policy Center writes "Congressional representatives who supported H.R. 4437 - the Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005 - are most likely to represent districts with relatively few undocumented immigrants."


News

DOJ Notice On FOIA Requests
The Department of Justice issued a notice on the proper filing of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
AIESEC has an immediate NYC opening for a visa program manager position. Responsible for all aspects of Exchange Visitor Program (EVP+). The EVP+ program rapidly provides immigration attorneys and corporations with a fast, high quality J-1 sponsorship alternative. Work with 100+ immigration attys and company HR reps to sponsor individuals on J-1 training visa. The manager reviews and sponsors hundreds of individual applications on J-1 training programs. Must have customer relationship management skills and experience; motivated self-starter, with excellent follow-through skills, who can work independently; exceptional communication, organization, and analytical abilities; legal or immigration background, experience and knowledge a plus. Business hours are 10-6pm, some wkends on as needed basis. Medical, dental offered, salary negotiable, DOE. Send resume + cover letter to Christopher White: chrisw@aiesecus.org.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Well established Midtown New York City firm has an opening for an attorney with experience in immigration related litigation, including handling defense of aliens before Immigration Court, the BIA and the US Courts of Appeals. The firm represents corporate and individual clients in all aspects of the immigration process. Individual will concentrate on litigation side of practice but will also be involved in non-immigrant appeal work and brief writing. Candidates should have 3 to 5 years experience. Salary commensurate with experience. Submit resume + cover letter stating salary requirements and a circuit court writing sample in confidence to Steven Weinberg: sweinberg@wildesweinberg.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC- 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 3+ years of business immigration experience handling full range of diverse nonimmigration & immigration matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please submit cover letter & resume to Marcia Needleman: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
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 our San Francisco Office. Our attorneys work in a fast-paced, high volume practice 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, organizational and case management 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 Paralegals
Greenberg Traurig has openings in its Tysons Corner, VA location for entry-level business immigration paralegals. Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 6 months-1 year of experience preparing nonimmigrant work-related visas (e.g., H-1B visas). Associates Degree or equivalent is required. Must be very organized, detail oriented and able to work independently. Must possess excellent computer skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Competitive benefits and compensation package offered. Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to tcohire@gtlaw.com. Greenberg Traurig is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Tindall & Foster, P.C., an established immigration-only practice in Austin, Texas is seeking an experienced immigration attorney. The successful candidate is expected to possess 2-5 years experience in employment based immigration law. Exposure to comparative international law or non-US immigration law is a preferred qualification. Tindall & Foster, P.C. has been practicing immigration law since 1973. The Firm has offices in Austin and Houston and continues to expand. Please visit www.tindallfoster.com and www.Austin360.com for more information. 401(K), medical and dental offered. Salary commensurate with experience. Experienced candidates may submit resumes and salary histories to hr@tindallfoster.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at this prominent global immigration law firm in Iselin, NJ. 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 requirements to Alaina Shneiderovsky: Ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Tucson, AZ - Wolf & Sultan P.C., an AV-rated firm seeks business immigration paralegal with experience preparing TN, H, L and PERM cases. Friendly, relaxed small firm environment. Excellent drafting/communication skills required. Competitive salary and benefits package. Please send resume to Tarik Sultan: sultan@azimm.com or fax to (520) 882-2929.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
AmLaw 200 law firm based in Chicago, IL requires the temporary services of a senior paralegal for a six month period. The candidate must have at least five years of business immigration experience, including extensive experience with the new PERM system (PERM experience and knowledge is a requirement); EB-1, 2 and 3 matters; and experience with H, L, E and O visas. Minimum requirements include at least a bachelor's degree, and excellent English writing, research and communication skills. Send cover letter and resume to: Gina L. Grunloh, Vedder, Price, Kaufman, & Kammholz, P.C. at ggrunloh@vedderprice.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laner Muchin in Chicago, IL, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, seeks an experienced immigration attorney with excellent academic credentials, 3-5 years substantial experience in all aspects of employment-based immigration and strong case management, and communication and writing skills. Ideal candidate must be client-service focused and able to thrive in challenging and fast-paced environment of congeniality and respect. Laner Muchin successfully recruits quality candidates on a national basis. We provide opportunities to handle challenging responsibilities and exciting projects; offer highly competitive salaries and benefits; informal unpretentious office atmosphere; and demonstrate an excellent record of elevating associates to partnership. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. Affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Laner Muchin in Chicago, IL, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has openings for full-time immigration paralegals. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. The ideal candidates must have at least one year of substantial experience in employment-based immigration, be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree preferred, foreign language fluency a plus. Competitive compensation package and excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com. Affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Madison, WI - Quarles & Brady, a large, multi-office, national law firm is looking for an experienced paralegal to join its team to handle business immigration matters for fast-paced, expanding practice. Ideal candidate will have Bachelor's and experience with H, L, TN and PERM (NIW, or, and O-1 a big plus). Good benefits, stability, and pay in a supportive, relaxed, and professional environment, not to mention one of the most livable cities in America. Send resume, references, and writing sample to Donna Hurd, Office Administrator at dhurd@quarles.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
The Chicago office of Sidley Austin, a global law firm, seeks a legal assistant/paralegal for the Immigration practice. A Bachelors degree and 4+ years experience with US business immigration is required for this position. A legal assistant certificate from an ABA-accredited institution is desirable. The candidate must also have superior analytical, writing and communication skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Submit letter of interest and resume to: hrch@sidley.com or fax to (312) 456-4175.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Prestigious Glendale, CA law firm seeks immigration paralegal with at least 3 years solid experience in family and employment based petitions, and deportation/removal defense. Excellent English writing skills and attention to detail required. Must be computer literate. Knowledge of Filipino language a plus. Must be authorized to work in the US. Friendly, collegial office environment. Send resume to Michael J. Gurfinkel: paralegal@gurfinkel.com or fax to: (818) 543-5802.

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.


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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:
Thanks to Mssrs. Hart and Alexander for their comments (03/03/06 ID) on my article (03/01/06 ID). I don't believe the word "useless" in describing a guest worker program was ever in my lexicon (see Hart). However, such a program without more would not solve the major problems of border security, future massive US manpower shortage, and what to do with the 9-14 million undocumented in this country. I would liken it to putting one hose on a four alarm fire. There are also many questions concerning the Administration's resolve and ability to carry through such a program and whether this is another piece of political theater to attract Hispanic votes for the midterm elections. Studies show that immigrant aliens contribute much more in tax dollars than they take away in benefits (see Alexander). Alan Greenspan stated that immigrants including undocumented workers pay $70B in taxes while only using $43B in services. Perhaps the small number of financially overburdened states and communities would be more accepting of illegal aliens if Washington were to more fairly share tax revenues in heavily alien states and local communities rather than unfairly allocating more of these revenues to states without significant alien populations. Second, many countries in the world with continuing leadership evolve long-term plans which may in the short term cause suffering for their citizens for the prospects of a brighter future. A major difficulty in our otherwise wonderful democratic process is a lack of steady direction and leaders' settlement for short-term fixes for fear of voter outrage. Looking at the looming crisis of a 30M+ shortfall of workers in the near future, a responsible Administration and Congress should propose workable solutions and prepare its citizens for possible dislocations and pain in the short-term future if there's to be a true answer.

Alan Lee, Esq.
New York, NY


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