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Immigration Daily July 11, 2006
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Immigration For Votes

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports embattled incumbent Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) is focusing on immigration as a key issue in his reelection battle against Democratic challenger Bob Casey Jr. who is currently leading in the polls. For the full story, see here.

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


Focus

Deadline Is Tuesday, July 11th For Mid-Year Update In Immigration Law Practice

Joseph Curran and Greg Siskind will speak at the July 13th phone session on Business Immigration Issues (Sherry Neal will lead the discussion). The curriculum is as follows:

  • Reports from some of the busiest Consulates in East Asia
  • Consular Processing: Inadmissibility- what are the grounds of inadmissibility for non-immigrant visas? What are the grounds of inadmissibility for immigrant visas?, Waivers- what are the criteria for waivers of inadmissibility for non-immigrant visas and immigrant visas? How to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility, Dealing with Delays- Is it possible to expedite an appointment? Is it possible to speed up the security clearance processing? How to handle age-out cases?
  • Schedule A cases: Is it possible to expedite processing to avoid retrogression? What if the healthcare worker doesn't have a healthcare certificate at the time of the interview? What if the work location has changed since the approval of the I-140 petition?
  • H-2B and Other Essential Workers: which occupations qualify? How to prove "temporary" need? How to deal with the quota?
  • Late Breaking Hot Topics including H-1B Cap Update
  • Legislative Update: what impact may legislation have on consular procedures and processing times and other business immigration issues?
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, July 11th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2006.shtm. (Fax version: http://www.ilw.com/seminars/may2006.pdf


Article

BIA In Unpublished Decision Rules On Presence Requirement For Foreign Divorce To Be Recognized In New York State
Alan Lee, Esq. writes "In this case, the validity of the divorce was crucial as the ex-husband had remarried a U.S. citizen whose immigration petition was denied by U.S.C.I.S. on the basis that the divorce was not recognized under New York law and his second marriage was thus invalid as well."


News

CRS Report On FY 2007 DHS Appropriations
The Congressional Research Service issued a report which describes the FY2007 appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including immigration-related provisions.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Phoenix, AZ area - Join a team that works hard in a relaxing, collegial atmosphere. Employment-based firm with Fortune 500 clients seeks a full-time paralegal. Must have at least two years employment immigration experience including H-1B, L-1, TN and labor certification. Physician J-1 waiver and NIW experience a plus. Must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, technology and people skills. College degree preferred. Excellent salary and benefits including health, dental, vision, long and short term disability and retirement benefits. Arizona offers year-round hiking, camping, boating, professional sports and the Grand Canyon. Email cover letter with resume + salary requirements to Theresa Talbert: ttalbert@breljelaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Quarles & Brady seeks attorney with 1-3 years of business immigration law experience for our Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin offices. We are a national law firm, providing immigration services for 30+ years, with offices in Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida and Illinois. Requirements: experience in range of business immigration matters; ability to provide exceptional client service; and superb analytical, organizational and case management skills. Collegial environment and competitive salary and benefits. Submit resume, cover letter, transcripts and at least two writing samples (substantive support letters or significant memos) to: Michelle Bigler, Manager, Attorney Recruiting, Quarles & Brady LLP at legalrecruiting-MKE@quarles.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
San Francisco, CA - Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, a global corporate immigration law firm seeks experienced attorneys with 3+ years practicing business immigration law. 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, 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 resume to careers@usabal.com or fax 415-217-4426.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Upper Saddle River, NJ - Business immigration law firm has several openings for experienced immigration paralegals for a very busy immigration practice. Candidates must have solid experience in business immigration law, including preparation of O-1, TN, L-1, H-1B, R-1 petitions and PERM labor certification cases. Experience with I-9 audits and training and employment verification process. Labor and employment experience a plus. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Must have excellent organizational skills, multi-tasking is a must, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. Ideal candidate must also possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's degree and 1-3 years experience required for Juniors and 3-5 years required for Seniors. Qualified candidates, send cover letter + resume and salary requirements in confidence to: david_nachman@visaserve.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Prestigious Glendale, CA law firm seeks immigration paralegal with at least 1 year 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 U.S. Qualified applicants, send resume to: paralegal@gurfinkel.com. Fax: (818) 543-5802.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Prestigious immigration law firm, with LA, SF, & NY branches, seeks associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA location. Minimum 2+ yrs experience in all areas of immigration law, including family and employment based cases, court appearances for removal/deportation, and consular processing required. Occasional travel outside LA area necessary. Fax or email resume, salary requirements, and writing sample to Office Manager at (818) 543-5802 or attorney@gurfinkel.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Seeking an Immigration Attorney with 4+ years of business immigration experience with heavy emphasis on labor certifications for our South San Francisco, CA office. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills, and strong attention to detail. We offer a competitive salary w/ benefits. Please send resume + cover letter to HR at ksalvador@litwinlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Alston & Bird LLP seeks immigration paralegal for its NYC, NY office. Requirements: minimum 1+ year experience with nonimmigrant and immigrant visa processing; naturalization; detailed knowledge of INS, DOL and DOS procedures; bachelors degree; excellent organizational and computers skills. Fluency in foreign language helpful but not required. We offer a high level of responsibility and variety of challenging assignments. Work one-on-one with attorneys. Our paralegal program is supported by a Paralegal Advisory Committee that meets monthly to plan continuing education programs; organize monthly/quarterly informational lunches; plan annual Paralegals Retreat; and schedule get-togethers. We want the top echelon to join our fast-growing NYC office. We offer comprehensive technical + professional development training, cutting-edge technology, excellent benefits, competitive salaries. Qualified applicants send resume + cover letter to: pamela.lewis@alston.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Midtown NYC - 13 person fast paced, leading immigration law firm seeks lawyer with 5+ years of business immigration experience. Handling full range of diverse nonimmigrant and immigrant matters. Must have excellent writing, communication and organizational skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Please email cover letter and resume in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman at: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
13 person midtown NYC immigration law firm seeks paralegal with 2+ years of experience with business applications: nonimmigrant and immigrant. Experience with Family based, naturalization and other applications a plus. Bi-lingual Spanish/English also a plus although not required. Ideal candidate has BA degree, is detail oriented, organized, conscientious. Candidate must also possess excellent writing , communication & case management skills. Competitive compensation package offered. Email resume and cover letter in MS Word format to Marcia Needleman at: mneedleman@levittandneedleman.com.

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comingsNgoings

Readers can share their professional announcements (100-words or fewer at no charge), email: editor@ilw.com. Readers interested in learning about featuring your event or conference in Immigration Daily, see here. To feature your newsletter in Immigration Daily, see here.

New Offices - Houston, TX
Kelly M. Kowis is pleased to introduce The Kowis Law Firm, P.C. Kowis represents both businesses and individuals in all immigration matters from the attaining of work visas to becoming U.S. citizens. We are committed to providing consistent, high quality service at a reasonable price. The Kowis Law Firm, 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 610, Houston, TX 77027. Tel: 713-965-9000. Fax: 713-965-9048. Email: kkowis@kowislaw.com.


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:
While Roger Algase's letter (7/10/06 ID) would make Linda Chavez the Patron Saint of U.S. immigration reform, her record indicates she's more suited for that role for those of Hispanic descent. She's long been an advocate of Latino causes and in fact chairs the Latino Alliance, a federally registered political action committee. She is also on the Board of ABM Industries, a national janatorial services company that benefits from cheap labor. While she may not be a direct "supporter of either illegal or open immigration", she has consistently advocated high numbers of migrants and resolving the illegal invasion by legalizing it, hardly what most Americans want. Shortly after the 9/11 tragedy, she wrote "Don't Seal the Borders - Keeping Workers Out Won't Make Us Safer". While her website informs us that she was selected by Bush II for Sec. of Labor until she withdrew, it doesn't tell us the reason was the discovery of her illegal housekeeper. In "Realities of Immigration", the same selective approach and deletion of negative aspects is seen while she overstates the positive and goes out of her way to cast restrictionists in a bad light. I'm happy Ms. Chavez is in America and believe she makes a better attempt than most at being balanced. But a limited, allocated and selective entry policy would better allow many productive persons citizenship or working here without all of the bad apples and negative results of the excessive numbers that she seems to advocate. And she never explains why Mexico should have far greater entry privileges than others. Better guides to immigration reform would be Rep. Tancredo's "In Mortal Danger", Rep. J. D. Hayworth's "Whatever It Takes", HR 4437 and the Eisenhower Solution (7/10/06 ID comment).

R. L. Ranger

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Algase's comments (07/10/06 ID), if we agree that we do not wish open borders, and that we don't wish to totally close the borders, then just how many immigrants do we accept as legal residents each year? We currently accept 3-4 times the number of legal immigrants each year than we have historically accepted; illegal immigration greatly adds to the number, with the result that our population will reach 300 million this fall. This fundamental question, how many?, was ignored by the Senate in its discussion of S. 2611, yet it is at the heart of any discussion on immigration and its impact in virtually all of the areas Mr. Algase's letter mentions in Ms. Chavez' article, from the burden on taxpayers to the effect on wages to the assimilation of immigrants. It is also something that should be brought before the public and discussed, whether in the current immigration hearings or some other forum. To paraphrase Mr. Rector of the Heritage Foundation, in response to claims that his estimate of the effect of S. 2611 on the population was overstated, the obvious solution is for Congress to set a cap on annual immigration (and stick to it).

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
In my article, "Lead, Follow or Get Out the Way" (07/05/06 ID), I goofed. Two sentences in the article read as if Linda Chavez, onetime Bush administration nominee for Labor Secretary, supports the 'enforcement first' position advocated by other leading conservatives such as Bill Bennett, and while one could argue the wording, Linda properly notes that it is misleading to say that she employed an illegal worker. I know better, and I should have written it better, and I apologize to her and to Immigration Daily readers for mischaracterizing her record and her current views. Of course, I stand by the main point in the article, which is that sound immigration reform is still possible this year, if we follow the example of the 1990 act negotiations, rather than those surrounding the failed 1986 law or the even worse 1996 debacle.

Paul Donnelly

Dear Editor:
Why is it that almost everyday when local news here in Southern Califoria run a story about the police looking for a sexual predator who is accused of molesting little kids, a high percentage of them involve a Latino man? The news anchors here announce the news and say they're looking for a "Hispanic man." This is becoming very routine, and my unscientific sampling tells me it's something like one out of every two stories involves a Hispanic man. Now, of course, we all know there are white guys and other ethnicities who are sex offenders and molesters and perverts, but there's a disproortionately high number of Hispanic males. Doesn't this give credence to the stats that conservatives and anti-illegals cite that a disproportionately high number of illegal aliens who are Latinos are sex offenders? Is it something with the Latino culture, being obssessed with sex? No, illegal aliens are not all-American apple pies, as ID's 6/14/06 ridiculous editorial stated.

Miguel Michael D.

Dear Editor:
I am a librarian in California. I am trying to find an answer to a question from a patron. She would like to know what the "W" in your web site, ILW.COM, stands for and I was unable to find an answer on the web site.

Crista Cannariato, Monterey County Free Libraries, Supervising Librarian
Carmel Valley, CA

Editor's note: ILW.COM was first created as a web hosting and design company that hosted websites for immigration attorneys in 1995. At this time, ILW.COM used to stand for immigration lawyers on the web. ILW.COM has evolved into a law publishing company, and at this time, ILW.COM does not stand for anything in particular. However, if you like, it can stand for Immigration Law on the Web. [ corrected Ed. 07/12/06 ID]


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