Comment: Top Links September 2014
We feature the top articles and news items for September 2014 below:

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Article: Does that Position actually Qualify? Is That Really a Specialty Occupation? By Joseph P. Whalen

Blogging: Too Little, Too Late By Lory D. Rosenberg

Blogging: Massachusetts Puts Out The Welcome Mat For H-1B Workers By Chris Musillo

Blogging: Back(log) to the Future: 60,000+ People Stuck in the Asylum Backlog By Jason Dzubow

News: Presidential Memorandum -- FY 2015 Refugee Admissions

News: USCIS Filing Procedures for Liberians Eligible for Deferred Enforced Departure

News: DHS Report on Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2013

Focus: The EB-5 Summit - $500-Off Deadline
The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers will be taking place on October 31 in Houston, TX. The speakers include Charles Foster, John Meyer (Discussion Leaders), Matt Gordon, Cheryl A. Lane, Robert Loughran, Reid Thomas, Greg White and others to be announced. This event is sponsored by E3 Investment Group, NES Financial and Seyfarth Shaw LLP. The curriculum is as follows:

  • Where does EB-5 fit in the Capital Stack
  • How does one find investors
  • Lawfully Advising on Choosing A Project
  • Developing the I-924 Application
  • I-526 Petitions and Source of Funds Issues
  • I-829 Applications and Documenting Job Creation
  • Funds Administration
  • The Non-Regional Center Concept
  • Security Issues in EB-5
  • Roundtable with all speakers on all EB-5 Matters

For additional information, including speaker biographies, sponsor profiles, and to register, please see: Online
For the fax form, see here.
Don't delay, the $500-Off Registration Deadline is October 14th.

Headline: Steve King Reform Kills Immigration Reform by Lying to the GOP Base Click here
Headline: Immigration Reform News and Impact on US Homeland Security September 30, 2014 Click here
Headline: America's Brain Gain - Immigrants at the Frontier of Neuroscience - Click here
Headline: "It's Heartbreaking" Says Judge, As Children Younger Than Five Appear in Court Without Legal Representation Click here
Headline: When an immigration detention center comes to a small town Click here
Headline: Child immigrants urge Obama to keep families together Click here
Headline: Government Funds Lawyers for Immigrant Children Click here
Headline: Cepeda: Not all Hispanics hold same opinion on immigration Click here
Headline: Immigrant Children in New York City Face a Shortage of Attorneys Click here
Headline: Obama Administration Faces Immigration Deadline Click here

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Birmingham, AL - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. has an immediate opening for a business immigration paralegal. Candidates must have either a Bachelor's Degree and/or a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal program. Spanish, German, Portuguese or other foreign language fluency preferred, but not required. Some responsibilities include: assisting attorney with determining case strategy; managing large volume of client cases and tracking status of filings and documentation needed; gathering relevant documentation from clients; reviewing extensive case documentation received; assisting attorney with legal research; assembling and organizing petition filings to submit to various government agencies; drafting legal correspondence to the government and clients for attorney review; preparing appropriate forms for government agencies, maintaining fully paperless file copies. Candidates should possess strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication (oral and written) skills, including the willingness and ability to work directly with foreign nationals to gather information and documentation. All applicants should have strong analytical ability; an aptitude for detail; the ability to work efficiently, and to work under pressure with or without direct supervision. Each candidate must be able to handle multiple projects at the same time and have excellent facility with computer systems and the ability to learn and efficiently use new systems. Equal opportunity employer. Apply here.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Chicago, IL, Sidley Austin LLP. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Prepare a wide variety of business-based nonimmigrant petitions (H-1B, H-3, TN, E, J-1, L-1 and O-1). Assist with corporate clients with PERM application process. Assist with applying for and obtaining work visas with U.S. consular offices abroad. Work closely with our clients' and their employees and families to provide comprehensive immigration service through the application process, including responses to applications, Requests for Evidence, interviews and compliance. Compile and maintain records of immigration forms, other documentation and records of activity on behalf of corporate clients' employees. Review immigration regulations and be able to apply them to various case scenarios. Perform research using all available immigration research tools including government agencies' websites. Education and/or Experience: Required: BA/BS with strong academic credentials; Proficient at Microsoft Office Applications and Adobe Acrobat; Writing sample must be submitted with resume; Minimum of 4 years of experience with the corporate immigration process. Preferred : Paralegal Certificate; Proficient in LawLogix. Other Skills and Abilities: Strong oral and written communication skills; Excellent attention to detail and proofreading skills; Strong sense of good judgment; Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills; A self-starter who desires to show ownership and commitment to the job. To apply: staffcareers@sidley.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Growing boutique law firm in Harlem seeks an Immigration Paralegal. Our firm specializes in O-1/EB-1A immigration petitions as well as H-1B, L-1A/B, and Adjustment of Status. The paralegal position will include a mix of legal tasks and administrative tasks, so the candidate may be an admitted attorney, paralegal, recent law graduate, or administrative worker. Applicants should be personable self-starters with excellent writing and organizational skills. Legal experience is helpful, particularly experience with the non-immigrant visas listed above or other immigration work. Some flexibility in hours and compensation for the right candidate. This is a fast-paced, growing practice developing a supportive, capable, and high-energy team. Please send CV to benlunsford@ameslaw.com.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Seattle, WA - Work from home! Zemp Law Group is a leading immigration law firm, based in Seattle, WA and in Calgary, AB that strives to deliver the best and most efficient immigration solutions for clients. Zemp Law Group has attorneys licensed both in the United States and in Canada. Responsibilities: Review and prepare non-immigrant and immigration petitions and applications. These include work permits, PERM applications and other US applications. Required Skills: Must have an understanding of employment-based immigration processes; Detail-oriented; Efficient; Reliable; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Maintains a positive attitude; Ability to prioritize tasks; Handle multi-tasking simultaneously; Knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook; Experience with Time Matters and PCLaw. Qualifications: 8 years of work experience in immigration matters. Compensation: Salary is commensurable to work experience. Retired individuals who can work part-time at home would be an excellent candidate. To apply, submit your resume along with a cover letter including your salary requirements to: info@zemplaw.com. Please indicate "US Immigration Paralegal" in the subject field.

Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
New York, NY - Responsibilities: Review and prepare nonimmigrant petitions and applications, including H-1B, H-3, L-1, O-1, E-1, E-2, E-3, and TN visas; Prepare immigrant petitions, including extraordinary ability, multinational manager/executive and National Interest Waivers; Review and prepare family-based immigrant petitions and attend hearing at USCIS; Review and prepare Naturalization applications and attend Naturalization interviews at USCIS; Assist clients and dependents with nonimmigrant and immigrant consular processing; Maintain PERM Audit Files, including advertising coordination and preparation of ETA9089 applications; Responsible for Tracker data input and maintaining notifications for expiration and eligibility dates. Required Skills: Possesses an understanding of employment-based immigration processes; Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; Detail-oriented, efficient and reliable; Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Maintains a positive "can do" attitude; Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Qualifications: 3+ years of experience handling business immigration matters; Experience working with Immigration Tracker Software preferred; Working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook. Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. Additionally, this position offers a full benefits package including health, 401K, long-term disability, life insurance and paid vacation. To apply, submit your resume along with a cover letter including your salary requirements to: recruiting@tarterkrinsky.com. Please indicate "Immigration Paralegal" in the subject field.

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ComingsNGoings: Immigration Event
Latrobe, PA, October 8, 2014, 8:30am - 1pm, Saint Vincent College and its Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government's Center for Political and Economic Thought will host the annual Civitas Forum on Principles and Policies for Public Life. The theme is "Making Americans: Immigration and Assimilation in the 21st Century." This conference is free and open to the public. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Mary Beth McConahey at marybeth.mcconahey@email.stvincent.edu. Information on speakers is available here.


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