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Immigration Daily July 20, 2004
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The Seven Major Immigration Law Firm Websites And The Lessons Attorneys Can Learn From Them

ILW.COM will host a free telephonic workshop on Thursday, July 22nd. This workshop is free for every immigration law firm regardless of whether they are customers of ILW.COM or not. The agenda is as follows:

The Seven Major Immigration Law Firm Websites And The Lessons Attorneys Can Learn From Them

(1) 1995 - first group of immigration law firms on the net
(2) 1999 - two newcomers change the game
(3) 2001 - two more with new strategies

(1) Sources of strength - similiarity - content
(2) Sources of strength - variety - 4 strategies
(3) Comparision in usability
(4) Comparision in traffic
(5) Comparision in client development

(1) Speed in email response
(2) Ethnic specialization
(3) Content vs. Advertising

(1) Step 1 - The basics
(2) Step 2 - Advertising - Google/Yahoo
(3) Step 3 - Advertising - West/Lexis/ILW.COM
(4) Step 4 - Content
(5) Step 5 - Corporate business, newsletter
(6) Step 6 - Advanced strategies

This 45-minute long free workshop for immigration lawyers will be on Thursday, July 22nd (2pm to 2.45pm ET). Registration is limited - don't delay. Requests for registration should be sent to (This workshop is a repeat of the workshop we conducted in June. It is being repeated because of high demand.)


Family Immigration Telephonic Seminar Curriculum

The curriculum for our July 26th telephonic seminar is as follows:

  • Adjusting through a marriage where the parties are separated
  • Arguments for adjustment for homosexual marriages
  • Strategies for dealing with transsexual marriages
  • Dealing with bad marriage interviews
    • the interviewer asks questions no one would know the answer to
    • the applicant can remember nothing, not even his/her address
    • the answers are different but not contradictory
    • screening marriage cases before you even get them ready
    • ethical issues in preparing marriage cases
    • what CIS will know before you walk in the door
    • when the spouses don't share a common language
  • How to reduce the chance that your client will be subject to a marriage interview
  • Can your client adjust through marriage if the U.S. citizen petitioner refuses to attend the interview or cannot attend the interview
  • Strategies for dealing with the Child Status Protection Act
  • Affidavit of support issues
The deadline to register is Thursday, July 22nd. For more info, including detailed curriculum, speaker bios, and registration information, see: (Fax version:

Featured Article

Joel Stewart's BALCA Review (July 20, 2004)
Joel Stewart presents a summary of recent notable BALCA decisions.

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Immigration Law News

USCIS Announces Visa Screen Certification Requirement Delayed For One Year
The USCIS announced today that certain foreign health care workers from Canada and Mexico will remain exempt, for a period of one year, from the foreign health care worker certification requirement.

DOS Proposes To Increase DV Lottery Fee To $375
The Department of State proposed a rule to increase fees for consular services, including the increase of the Diversity Visa Lottery surcharge for immigrant visa applications from $100 to $375.

DOJ Announces Convictions Involving Fraudulent Visas Issued At US Embassy in Sri Lanka
The Department of Justice announced that ten defendants pleaded guilty in a bribery and visa fraud scheme involving the issuance of visas at the US Embassy in Sri Lanka.

Attorney Uses Civil RICO Statute To Target Employers Allegedly Hiring Undocumented reports "Despite a string of defeats before federal trial judges, Howard W. Foster has doggedly pressed on with a type of litigation he pioneered: using RICO to target companies that allegedly hire undocumented workers for the purpose of driving down wages."

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Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegal
Ellis & Ged, PA, a fast-growing immigration law office in Boca Raton, FL, seeks an experienced immigration paralegal. Minimum 2+ years experience, with strong writing skills and emphasis in employment-based immigration. Bachelor's degree preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent work environment. Must be detail-oriented, well-organized and computer proficient. Please submit resume to Richard Hujber by email: or fax: (561) 241-0812.

J-1 Training Visa Sponsor
Discover the ease and flexibility of the J-1 training visa with Aiesec United States. At Aiesec, we provide an unparalleled commitment to customer service, offering 24 to 48 hour turnaround on approved J-1 training visa applications, free consultation on potential training programs and a wealth of information about J-1 training visa regulations. We also offer logistical and cultural reception services in several locations across the country. Our J-1 training visa can be used for individuals to participate in training programs in the following fields: Information Media and Communications, Education, Social Sciences, Library Science, Counseling and Social Services, Management, Business, Commerce and Finance, The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations, Public Administration and Law. You can learn more about Aiesec and the J-1 training visa at or by calling Jim Kelly at (212) 757-3774 ext.222.

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Paralegals
Bratter Krieger LLP, a full service immigration law firm located in Miami Beach, FL seeks experienced paralegals to join its winning team. Paralegals must have minimum 2+ years experience in all business (NIVs-E, H, L, and O/P's) and family immigrant visa categories; EB-1 experience preferred. Bilingual language skills are required. Bratter Krieger LLP offers an excellent working environment plus a competitive benefits package. Applicants should be organized and motivated. Salary is commensurate with experience. Submit resume to Matthew Krieger by fax: (305) 695-4398 or email:

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
The Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, an immigration law firm with offices on both the East and West Coasts, seeks an associate attorney for its Los Angeles, CA offices. Ideal candidate must have minimum 3+ years extensive experience in all areas of immigration law to be considered, including removal/deportation, AOS interviews, family and employment based petitions and consular processing. Position offers opportunity for occasional travel outside Los Angeles, CA area. Please fax or e-mail: resume, salary requirements + writing sample to the attention of Millie at (818) 543-5802 or

Help Wanted: Immigration Legal Assistant
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., Maryland's largest independent law firm outside of Baltimore city (75+ attorneys), seeks an immigration legal assistant. Experience desired in: employment-based IV (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3), NIV (E-1, E-2, H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, O-1), family-based IV, naturalization, AOS, consular processing, I-9 compliance/employer sanctions, and litigation. College degree and 1+ years of experience required. Ideal candidate possesses superior analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Must be proficient in word processing, spreadsheet, and immigration forms applications. Duties include heavy client contact, legal research, and immigration petitions. Work with a team of experienced immigration attorneys and professionals who are passionate about the practice of immigration law in a fast-paced, collegial setting with large law firm resources. Excellent salary/benefits package offered. If you enjoy challenging work with direct client contact and are equally passionate about immigration law, we want to hear from you. Send resume to Maura Bowen, HR Manager by fax 301-230-2891 or email

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration law firm with an established national practice, has an immediate opening for a moderately experienced Immigration Lawyer fluent in Japanese to work at its office in Irvine, California. If you have what it takes, you will become immersed in cutting-edge immigration law issues while working with multinational companies and high-achiever individual clients to perform the full range of immigration legal services. This job is for you if you are a multi-talented multi-tasker, attentive to details, express yourself well in person and on paper, work well as part of a team, love challenges, are willing to work hard, have a spotless ethical record, are admitted to practice law in California or another state and have up to three years of U.S. immigration law experience. If you'd like to pursue this exciting opportunity, fax your resume + cover letter to Chris McCoy at 949-955-5599 or e-mail her at No phone calls please.

Case Management Technology
INS-Experts Inc. is an eCommerce provider of US Immigration solutions globally. The company offers a web based solution for popular USCIS applications and forms through its website: INS Experts is now offering its application preparation solutions to Immigration consultants/ professionals, as well as related organizations at discounted prices. Partnership opportunities are also available for manufacturers/ distributors of US Immigration related products and services. For more information about these opportunities, please contact Mr. Puneet S Parmar, Director of Business Development INS Experts Inc., 12280 Saratoga Sunnyvale Road, Suite 116, Saratoga, CA 95070. Phone: 408-517-4212, Email:

Help Wanted: Experienced Immigration Attorney
Are you an expert in immigration law? Do you have high energy? Are you process oriented and extremely organized? If yes, Microsoft has an opportunity for you in Redmond, WA. We are seeking an immigration attorney to take on a new position within our immigration team. Key responsibilities include: I-9 compliance and J visa issues; Ensure regulatory compliance; Implement internal controls and review existing processes; Possible travel to Microsoft sites to conduct I-9 compliance trainings; Due diligence reviews and analysis to M&A teams; Secure legal work authorization in the US for individuals on temporary/permanent basis. Desired qualifications include: 5+ years of solid business immigration experience, ability to effectively lead and motivate others, excellent writing skills, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, strong attention to detail, proficiency with Microsoft technology a plus, BA/BS and JD required. Submit resume in word format to and please indicate job code N145-115057 in the subject line.

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Letters to the Editor

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email:

Dear Editor:
While I agree that the flow may be here to stay, I disagree with Sebastian's method of stopping it - the auction (I presume to would-be immigrants) of rights to come here. Why on earth would this stop anyone who wished to come here, if the laws weren't enforced and they were able to find work, as they are now? If they couldn't afford it, they'd simply ignore the auction process, as they do existing laws. Then, too, who would decide the "price" and how many slots to auction off? If any "auction" were to take place, I believe it should be to companies who wish to import labor. I totally agree that our immigration laws need reform, but I also believe that the major sticking point in doing so is that industries that benefit most from illegal immigration do not want it stopped. We've seen increased use of legal mechanisms for importing unskilled labor using H-2 visas in light of prominent enforcement efforts against major companies. I believe that this is the route to go, along with the possibility of companies sponsoring unskilled workers for a green card - with appropriate proofs of need and stiff financial requirements, and stiff enforcement of laws for those who hire illegally.

Ali Alexander

Dear Editor:
In response to Sebastian's letter, there is a legal way to buy a green card. Known as the Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5 category), all one has to do is invest $1,000,000 in a business that creates at least 10 U.S. jobs. In areas of high unemployment, $500,000 will do the trick. However, since the USCIS has a poor grasp of business basics and entrepreneurial realities, obtaining a green card through the EB-5 category is far more difficult than it should be. While Sebastian's auction-for-rights to work idea makes sense within the confines of pure capitalist theory, the ability of the USCIS to administer such a prospective program is questionable at best. The restrictive and counterintuitive approach that USCIS has taken toward the EB-5 category has set a disturbing precedent. After all, nothing obligates immigrant investors to bring their investment capital to the US in order to create jobs for US workers. The habitual failure of the USCIS to understand this simple fact harms all Americans.

Brandon Meyer
Dana Point, CA

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