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Immigration Daily May 3, 2007
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Place OMB On Notice

We understand that the USCIS proposed fee increase has become an interim final rule and is at the OMB for expedited review. If approved, we can expect a dramatic increase in immigration benefits fees. Meanwhile, Congress is about to review our country's immigration policy in the next two weeks. Permitting a huge fee increase while the basic policy is under review just does not make sense. This is an example of how the immigration agencies act independently (and sometimes contrary to) the will of Congress. Immigration supporters in Congress may want to signal caution to OMB before rushing to approve USCIS's request.

Walk In Registration Available: Los Angeles, The PERM Workshop, Friday May 4th.

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Focus

Finally Shipping! Crimes And Immigration: A Definitive Manual For Winning Cases

The following is the table of contents for this definitive work which is now being shipped:

  • Chapter 1: Evaluating A Criminal Case For Immigration Purposes
  • Chapter 2: Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility And Waivers
  • Chapter 3: Criminal Grounds Of Deportability
  • Chapter 4: Good Moral Character
  • Chapter 5: Detention And Removal Of Noncitizens Charged With Criminal Grounds Of Inadmissibility Or Deportability
  • Chapter 6: Applications For Relief From Removal For Criminal Aliens In Removal Proceedings
  • Chapter 7: Working With Criminal Defense Counsel And The Criminal Courts On The Structure And Amelioration Of Convictions
  • Chapter 8: Judicial Review
  • CD-ROM: Over 700 Critical Documents - Significant statutory provisions of 8 USC, 18 USC, and other public laws, Relevant regulatory sections and forms from USCIS and EOIR, Key BIA and Federal Court cases, Links to informative internet resources, etc.
For more info, and to order, please see here.


Article

Mediation Prevails Over Litigation
Carl Shusterman writes "This story is not merely a "win" for our law firm nor is it a "loss" for the government. It is about both sides coming together to insure a fair result for the persons in removal proceedings."

Bloggings: May 3, 2007
Greg Siskind, Esq. shares his latest blog entries.


News

CRS On Legislative Process
The Congressional Research Service published reports on the legislative process on the House floor and the Senate floor. For the House legislative process, see here. For the Senate leigslative process, see here.

DHS Extends TPS For Eligible Honduran, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran Nationals
The DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff announced today his decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for eligible nationals of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador by an additional 18 months.


Classifieds

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegals
Chicago, IL - Laner Muchin, one of the nation's oldest labor law firms, has two full time paralegal openings: (1) experienced US immigration paralegal and (1) entry-level global immigration paralegal. Our paralegals have the opportunity to contribute to a growing immigration practice and do challenging work. The ideal experienced US paralegal candidate must have 1+ years of substantial experience in a wide variety of US employment-based immigration processes. Also, an entry-level opportunity is available for global immigration paralegal to manage non-US visa case matters. Mandarin fluency required for this position. For both positions, successful candidates must be highly motivated, detailed-oriented and have outstanding communication, case management, computer and people skills. College degree required. Competitive compensation package + excellent benefits offered. E-mail cover letter + resume to immigration@lanermuchin.com, specifying either the experienced paralegal or entry global paralegal position. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. - Maggio & Kattar, a nationally recognized, full-service immigration law firm seeks an experienced and exceptionally capable business immigration attorney to join our dynamic and fun-to work at firm. All inquiries will be kept confidential. Send resumes to the attention of Jim Alexander at: jobs@maggio-kattar.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Laguna Niguel, CA - USCIS Office of the Chief Counsel seeks experienced attorney for the position of Western Regional Counsel. Directly oversee and supervise the performance of the eight (8) associate regional counsel located throughout the Western Region along with the deputy western regional counsel. Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least five (5) years of post J.D. experience. They must submit a cover letter that demonstrates the specific skills, experience, and interests that qualify them for the position. Preference is given to applicants with immigration experience, management experience, excellent academic record, and strong writing skills. For detailed information, type CIS-COU-2007-0003 in the keyword search here. The applicant should list references, which may be verified, but letters of recommendation are not necessary. Applicants must also submit a resume and a writing sample not to exceed 10 pages. Submissions can be either e-mailed (all attached documents must be in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to Stephen.Bell@dhs.gov. All submissions must be received by close of business on Friday, May 11, 2007. The position is at the GS-15 level and is open until filled. No relocation expenses.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
NYC mid-town office of upstate NYS firm seeks experienced immigration paralegal with 2 years experience in immigration law required, including preparation and filing of business visas (H-1B, L, E), petitions and permanent residency applications. Strong computer, communication and writing skills are required, including proficiency with Windows, Word, Excel and Outlook software and the ability to perform Internet research and use Lexis or Westlaw. Qualified applicants, submit resume to: Melanie Smith: msmith@hodgsonruss.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Boston, MA - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has an immediate opening for an experienced immigration paralegal for a very busy Immigration practice. Candidates must have experience in business immigration law, including preparation of H-1B and L-1 visa petitions and PERM labor certification cases. Experience with family-based immigration cases is also helpful. Responsibilities include the preparation and filing of business and employment-related immigration documentation and communications with government agencies and clients. Qualified candidates must have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, consistency and job ownership. In addition, the ideal candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills. Bachelor's Degree and a minimum of three year's experience are required. Qualified candidates please send cover letter and resume to mlhr@mintz.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Exceptional career advancement opportunities available for you in the Chicago office of this prominent global immigration law firm. Candidate will work as part of a team of attorneys and professional support staff assisting multinational companies primarily with their U.S. immigration requirements. The job involves extensive client contact and utilization of state-of-the-art case preparation and management systems to prepare, track, and manage cases in process. Congenial and dynamic environment. Only candidates with Immigration experience should apply via email to Maribelle Molina: mmolina@fragomen.com. Job Requirements: - 2+ years business immigration experience, including experience with PERM, - BA/BS degree required - MS Word and Windows 2000 required, - Excellent verbal and written communication skills, - Ability to perform multiple tasks in a dynamic work environment. The firm offers highly competitive salaries and excellent growth. opportunities. Only candidates with Immigration experience should apply.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Washington, DC - Highly motivated, detail-oriented individual sought for business immigration paralegal position. Strong organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills required. Prior business immigration experience desired. Great opportunity for individual interested in challenging, exciting work with international clientele; excellent career advancement possibilities and work environment. Competitive salary and benefits. Visit www.maggio-kattar.com. Please email resume, salary requirements, and references to: jobs@maggio-kattar.com or fax (202) 483-6801, Attn: Jim Alexander. No calls please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Dallas, TX - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, the leading global immigration law firm, seeks an immigration paralegal. Qualified candidates will have at least two years experience counseling a variety of large and small employers on immigration matters, including non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters, preparing PERM applications, I-140s and 485s, and E-1, E-2, H-1B, TN, and L-1 petitions. Must be computer literate, demonstrate good accuracy, have excellent written and oral communication skills, and provide superior client service in a fast-paced, high-volume, case-processing environment. Bachelors degree required. Professional, service-oriented, team players are encouraged to apply by e-mailing a cover letter + resume to Amber James: ajames@fragomen.com. EOE.

Credential Evaluation And Translation
As the nation's leader in foreign credential evaluations and translations, American Evaluation and Translation Service, Inc. (AETS) provides the most competitive rates in the industry $50 educational evaluations, as well as $200 'expert opinion' work experience and position evaluations completed by PhD university professors who have the "authority to grant college level credit for work experience and/or training." AETS offers a variety of turn-around times, including same-day service for educational, work experience, and position evaluations. For list of rates and times, see: http://aetsinternational.com/applicationforevaluationservices.pdf. AETS also provides certified translations in 100+ languages, with translators that are specialists in 80+ fields. For a copy of the Application for Credential Evaluation and Translation Services, please contact AETS at (786) 276-8190, visit http://www.aetsinternational.com, or email: info@aetsinternational.com.


comingsNgoings

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Immigration Event - San Diego, CA
"American National Security and Immigration: Explaining policy development since 1945". 3:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2007, Conference Room 115, Institute of the Americas, Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building. University of California, San Diego, http://www.ccis-ucsd.org/Programs/seminar.htm .


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 am writing here in the hope that one or more members of this community will contact key players in the immigration law makings when it comes to deciding what should an undocumented immigrant do in order to get permanent resident status and eventually citizenship. In the last few years we have been talking about 12-20 million undocumented immigrants. I'm sure that each passing year, that number can only grow not get less, so this year it's safe to say that we're talking about probably 14-22 million folks. Let's assume that the final wording for the new guest worker program will be such ideally, that each undocumented immigrant will have to submit only one application for permanent resident status and 5 years later another one for citizenship. That means 14-22 millions of green card applications on the desks of the DHS today and additional 14-22 millions of citizenship applications 5 years later. The DHS has had a huge backlog, anybody can guess easily, that future applications will not ease the burden on the DHS, just the opposite. If we look at any of the solution packages, that were offered by the Congress or the Senate in the last 2-3 years talks about not one but several steps (each step is an application) until one would get the green card or the citizenship. If one step solution would take years for the DHS to complete the task, practically speaking a 3-5 steps process "solution" would never accomplish that. Not even mentioning the fact that many undocumented immigrants grow up every day, get married , have children... Shouldn't this simple fact be known by Congress and the Senate before they go into details of how many steps should be necessary for one to get a green card and eventually citizenship?

gl
Los Angeles, CA

Dear Editor:
Many happy returns of the day to Immigration Daily. It is a great success for Immigration Daily to have 17,000 + subscribers in a short time (see 05/2/07 ID comment). Really, it is very useful and helpful to all who are interested in immigration matters.

S. Salike


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