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Immigration Daily March 29, 2007
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Comment

Burned Out Bullies

An editorial in the National Law Journal says, "If [Attorney] Gonzales were truly committed to reforming the [immigration] system, he would start by purging all the biased and burned-out judges, the bullies and bigots who ignore the law. He would put the borderline judges on notice to clean up their acts. A zero-tolerance policy is the only credible approach. For the full editorial, see here.

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


Focus

The PERM Workshop: Early Bird Deadline Is March 30th

ILW.COM is pleased to announce a $200 discount for The PERM Workshop, details as follows:

  • Save: $200 of the regular $999 price if you register by March 30th
  • Where and When: Houston, Texas: Friday, April 13th - 8:30am-5pm at The Double Tree, 400 Dallas Street, Houston TX
  • Who: The speakers will be Joel Stewart and others to be announced
  • What: The price of the workshop includes a sit-down lunch, continental breakfast and coffee breaks. Also included as materials are THE PERM BOOK, and the June 2006 and September 2006 editions of PQ:The PERM Quarterly. (The materials alone are a $600 value!)
  • Benefits: This workshop is designed for a small limited audience and is interactive, and involves a full-day immersion into PERM matters. This workshop has received great testimonials from previous attendees.

For more info, including detailed outline, details on location, and speaker bios, testimonials, and to register visit: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/april2007perm.shtm (Fax form: http://www.ilw.com/workshops/april2007perm.pdf).
Take advantage of the $200 discount, act now!


Article

Summary Of STRIVE Legislation
Greg Siskind provides a summary of key provisions of STRIVE The Security Through Regularized Immigration And A Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (the House Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill).

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News

USCIS To Accept FY 2008 H-1Bs On April 2nd
USCIS announced that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2008 H-1B cap on Monday, April 2, 2007. The deciding factor for USCIS is when the agency takes possession on the petition and not when the petition was postmarked.

USCIS Provides Information For FY 2008 H-1B Cap Filing
USCIS released information to help complete and submit I-129 petitions to USCIS Services Centers for FY 2008 H-1B cap cases.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Washington, DC - Steptoe & Johnson LLP seeks associate for its business immigration law practice. Ideal candidate has extensive and substantive experience in dealing with clients and supervising paralegals and have substantive knowledge about business immigration. We are an international law firm with 8 offices in 3 countries and more than 450 attorneys worldwide. We encourage any candidate with strong academic credentials, relevant experience in business immigration, and excellent personal qualities to apply directly by sending cover letter, resume, + law school transcript (a copy of your academic record is required). EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown Manhattan - Bretz & Coven, LLP, is an AV-rated, full-service immigration firm with a national reputation. Renowned for providing high quality service, the firm has also distinguished itself through federal litigation that has led to significant changes in immigration law. We seek an associate eager to work in a fast-paced, cutting-edge environment that is committed to excellence in delivering legal services. We offer services in all areas of immigration law, including nonimmigrant visas, family- and employment- based immigration, citizenship, asylum, deportation defense, and federal litigation. Qualified candidates should have minimum two years of experience in immigration law practice. Please send resume, salary requirements & writing sample to: jobs@bretzlaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Iselin, NJ - Exceptional and challenging career opportunities available for you at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, a prominent global immigration law firm. We have openings for entry-level assistant paralegals as well as paralegals with 2 + years of corporate employment immigration experience. The ideal candidate is an integral member of our team, working closely with attorneys and paralegals on all aspects of corporate employment immigration. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to perform multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. College degree (BS or BA), MS Word and Windows 2000 required. Fragomen offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth opportunities. Please submit resume and writing sample to: ashneiderovsky@Fragomen.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Downtown NYC - Immigration law firm seeks experienced associate attorney to represent individuals before the US Immigration Courts, attend adjustment of status, Stokes, and naturalization interviews. Good research and writing skills needed as individual will gather supporting evidence; prepare affidavits, write briefs, memorandums of law, motions to reopen/remand/reconsider, and federal court briefs. Minimum 2-3 years of related experience desired. Prepare asylum applications, conduct research, interview clients, and witnesses in preparation for hearings. Knowledge of Spanish preferred. Salary based on experience. Submit your resume + cover letter to: Brandstar22@aol.com. All submissions will remain confidential.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Tysons Corner, VA - Greenberg Traurig has openings for business immigration paralegals with the following levels of experience preparing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas: junior (6 mos.-1 yr), mid-level (1-4 yrs) and senior (5+ yrs). Associates degree, paralegal certificate or equivalent work experience required for junior positions. Bachelors degree or equivalent work experience required for mid-level and senior positions. Ideal candidate 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. If you'd like to work in an environment that consists of heavy client contact, high volume, fast-paced with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law, then we want to hear from you. We have all the resources of a large, international law firm while preserving our firm's collegial and collaborative culture. Competitive benefits and compensation package offered. Please send resume + cover letter with salary requirements to TCOHIRE@gtlaw.com. EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Grand Central Area, NYC - Hodgson Russ LLP, a 225-plus lawyer firm with offices in Buffalo, New York City, Albany, Boca Raton and Toronto seeks an associate attorney for our Immigration Group in NYC. Our group represents multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, scientists and specialized workers. We seek an attorney with experience counseling U.S. and foreign employers. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of business immigration experience. www.hodgsonruss.com. Please send cover letter, resume and law school transcript to Mariely Downey, Attorney Employment Manager: mdowney@hodgsonruss.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
Memphis, TN - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital seeks an Immigration Specialist in HR (job #16205). The Immigration Specialist in HR operates under the supervision of the Director of Employment and Immigration Services to provide immigration support, advice and information to all areas of Jude. Provides assistance to customers during and after regular business hours and/or on weekends, as needed. Completes and processes all required immigration forms, work visa applications, and related documents as directed to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules and regulations regarding employment and/or training of international workers, students and visitors. Coordinates and assists with engagement and utilization of external legal counsel for preparation and execution of work visas, permanent residency applications and other related immigration matters. Ensures record-keeping, tracking and public access of information is in compliance with federal and institutional requirements. Successful candidate will have: associate's degree in paralegal studies or paralegal certification, (3) years of employment-based immigration experience (e.g. J1, H1B visas, PERM applications), employment-based immigration experience within legal and/or academic setting preferred, experience with an electronic immigration tracking system preferred. Excellent salary + benefits package. Qualified applicants may apply online at www.stjude.org/jobs.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., a full-service business law firm has an opening for full-time Immigration Paralegal to join our Firm's Immigration Practice Group. The qualified applicant will be detail oriented and have 2 + years of experience in Immigration Law with strong technical skills. Experience with H1B and PERM required. Experience with religious workers, healthcare workers, and multinational transferees a plus. On-line case management experience preferred and strong computer skills required. BA/BS degree and a paralegal degree or certificate from an ABA/AafPE accredited program is preferred. We offer a business casual work environment with a competitive benefit and compensation package with medical, dental, life, disability coverage, 401k, parking stipend and much more. Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is an internationally recognized, Missouri-based law firm located in St. Louis. E-mail or send your cover letter and resume to hr@greensfelder.com. Attn: S. Allen, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., 10 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, EOE.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorneys
The Murthy Law Firm, located in Owings Mills, a few minutes from downtown Baltimore, Maryland, welcomes resumes from attorneys with 7-10 years' experience in business immigration law. With a staff of over 50, we are able to tailor the position to your interests and strengths, so that you augment our team of 12 attorneys, who manage departments and other legal areas. Our practice is dynamic and fast-paced. Applicants must have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the various immigration procedures and are expected to supervise paralegals and support staff. Good writing and analytical skills required. We utilize our website and our proprietary case-management system to provide the highest quality of service to our clients. As a boutique practice, we're able to maintain the personal connection to our clients that they have come to expect and on which our reputation is built. Salary + benefits commensurate with experience and abilities. EOE. Resume and cover letter should be emailed to: hr@murthy.com, with Attorney Position in the subject line. Your communication will be treated in confidence.

Back Office Services
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/calendaring, clerical & archival. Adnet Services, Inc. http://www.adnetservices-nyc.com. Headquartered in New York City, Adnet Services 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.mumtaz@adnetservices-nyc.com or call 212 406-3503 ext 224.

PERM Services
Adnet Advertising Agency Inc. has provided labor certification advertising services to immigration attorneys since 1992. Adnet helps attorneys find appropriate places to run labor cert ads, places the ads, obtains the tearsheets, and offers a variety of billing options. Attorneys can manage the entire ad process through Adnet's secure web-based Ad-managment system. Most of Adnet's services are free since we receive a commission from the newspapers and journals where the ad is placed. Adnet services large international law firms as well as solo practice attorneys. Call us at 212-587-3164, visit www.adnet-nyc.com, or email us at information@adnet-nyc.com. Contact us today to find out why we are the ad agency of choice for immigration attorneys since 1992.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - Washington, DC
"Responding to New Immigrants: What Structures are State and Local Governments Creating?". Hosted by the Migration Policy Center, 10:30am-noon, Friday, March 30, 2007, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. To RSVP and for more info, see here.


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:
In response to Narsingh's letter (03/28/07 ID), it does not matter the date filed with CIS. The priority date for EB-3 is established at the filing of the labor certification application. So if the Labor case was filed before 8/02, but not approved until 2005, a person filing the I-140 in 2005 would not be waiting 5 years from the filiing of the I-140 to get a green card. They would not be skipping over others either.

Robert Hollander Esq.

Dear Editor:
Responding to Mr. Utterback's letter (03/28/07 ID), the reason behind any immigration is the same. Whether it was 1620 like Mr. Utterback's ancestors or our amigos from across Rio Grande, to pursue better live and opportunity. How can one condemn others while justify their ancestors doing the same? Isn't it a bit selfish and hypocritical? And talking about history what about our past racist apartheid immigration laws barring Asians and certain Europeans and Jewish to immigrate to USA? Let's talk about today's reality. Will ones accept the reality, they're not immune to global competition? If USA closes its border, deport every illegal, still there're no guarantee for anybody that their jobs are secured and well paid. Automated machines, computers, robots, check in system, artificial intellegence system can replace many humans easily for much less. 500 Fortunes companies can move the headquarters overseas. If we don't want immigrants it's very simple and easy, erase all man made borders worldwide, implement global minimum living wage and single currency, same jobs same pay, let every human beings in this planet to work and trade anywhere legally. Chinese will move to Texas just like Texans move to California for better live and opportunity. And Indians can move and work in Japan as well, and nobody yelling and screaming to others "You're illegal and taking my job."

Robert Yang

Dear Editor:
Responding to Narsingh's letter (03/28/07 ID), the letter writer should consult an attorney who could explain to him the EB3 process. Even though the I-140 petition was filed in November 2005, the underlying labor certification might have been filed before the current priority date for EB3 as stated in the US DOS Visa Bulletin. The priority date is not determined by the filing of the Form I-140, rather it comes from the date the labor certification application was originally filed.

Areyes

Dear Editor:
Following is a quote by Theodore Roosevelt on his ideas on immigrants and being an American in 1907. "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." - Theodore Roosevelt (1907).

Peter Griswold
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Editor:
I wonder if anyone else is concerned about this - after the USCIS issued an updated address list for the H-1B bi-specialization filings because of "spelling" mistakes, I went to the USPS website and checked the zip code for Vermont Service Center, 1A Lemnah Drive, St. Albans, VT. The results generated "05478-2327" whereas the USCIS notice states "05479-0001."

G. Wellington Smith
Austin, TX


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