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  • May 16 - Computer Failure Cripples Immigration Courts

    Comment: Computer Failure Cripples Immigration Courts
    Politico reports that a massive computer crash that is creating an overwhelming backlog of deportation cases has entered its second month.
    The technology failure is causing filings by lawyers to pile up at courts around the country and appears to be delaying the process of deciding which immigrants have legal grounds to stay in the U.S. and which should be kicked out. "We are now limping along, keeping the system running with paper clips and scotch tape. It's appalling," said Dana Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. "You can't access recordings made in the past without the computerized docketing system. Unless the case was calendared before the system crashed, we cannot use the digital recording system to make a record now." "It's kind of like we just went back to the 80s," said Laura Lichter, a Denver-based immigration lawyer. "It's kind of a mess…..It does slow things down."
    In this information age, we rely heavily on computers for all aspects of our life-this is yet another example of the hardship caused when a critical computer system fails. Share your thoughts by writing to editor@ilw.com.

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    Focus: The Consular Posts Book
    ILW.com is pleased to announce a new edition of The Consular Posts Book and a pre-publication discount. For $299, you get the current edition of The Consular Posts Book shipped to you immediately and you will receive the 2nd edition when it is published. If you have already purchased the current edition of The Consular Posts Book, you can place a pre-publication edition for $199. The current edition can be purchased here for $199.

    The editor of the current edition of The Consular Posts Book is Rami D. Fakhoury and contributors are: Poorvi Chothani, Steven A. Culbreath, Dharamchand Depoo, Marc Ellis, Vic Goel, Edward S. Gudeon, Magdale Labbe Henke, Frederick W. Hong, Christi Hufford, C. Valerie Ibe, Priscilla J. Jones, Noah Klug, Jose E. Latour, Lesa Lawrence, Adam Lee, Mark Levey, Jakob Lipman, Susan Willis McFadden, Christy Nguyen, Claire D. Nilson, Curtis Pierce, Luis A. Pinilla, Jessica L. Rodriguez, Kristina Rost, Emmanuel S. Tipon, and Alice Yardum-Hunter. The table of contents is as follows:

    PART I. MAJOR CONSULAR POSTS
    Chapter 1: Argentina
    Buenos Aires, (Consulate) By Christi Hufford

    Chapter 2: Armenia
    Yerevan, (U.S. Embassy) By Alice Yardum-Hunter

    Chapter 3: Australia
    Sydney, (Consulate) By Noah Klug

    Chapter 4: Brazil
    Sao Paulo, (Consulate) By Kristina Rost

    Chapter 5: Canada
    Toronto, (Consulate) By Dharamchand "Randy" Depoo

    Chapter 6: China
    Beijing, (U.S. Embassy) By Frederick W. Hong
    Guangzhou, (Consulate) By Jakob Lipman and Adam Lee
    Shanghai, (Consulate) By Christy Nguyen

    Chapter 7: Colombia
    Bogota, (Consulate) By Luis A. Pinilla

    Chapter 8: France
    Paris, (U.S. Embassy) By Curtis Pierce

    Chapter 9: Germany
    Frankfurt, (U.S. Consulate) By Steven A. Culbreath
    Munich, (U.S. Consulate) By Magdale Labbe Henke

    Chapter 10: Haiti
    Port au Prince (Consulate) By Jose E. Latour

    Chapter 11: India
    Chennai, (Consulate) By Vic Goel
    Kolkata, (Consulate) By Poorvi Chothani
    Mumbai, (Consulate) By Priscilla Jones
    New Delhi, (U.S. Embassy) By Poorvi Chothani

    Chapter 12: Jamaica
    Kingston, (Consulate) By Claire D. Nilson

    Chapter 13: Nigeria
    Lagos, (US Consulate) By C. Valerie Ibe

    Chapter 14: Philippines
    Manila, (U.S. Embassy) By Emmanuel S. Tipon

    Chapter 15: Taiwan
    Taipei, (Consulate) By Lesa M. Lawrence and Jessica L. Rodriguez

    Chapter 16: Trinidad and Tobago
    Port of Spain, (US Embassy) By Claire D. Nilson

    Chapter 17: United Kingdom
    London, (U.S. Embassy) By Edward S. Gudeon

    Chapter 18: Vietnam
    Ho Chi Minh City, (Consulate) By Marc Ellis

    PART II. THEORY AND PRACTICE

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: New Attorney Vulnerabilities in International Practice

    Chapter 3: Trade and Immigration Tightening? NAFTA, WTO, GATS Soup to Nuts

    Chapter 4: Tips for Avoiding B-1/B-2 Visa Denials and Correcting other Refusal Issues with the Consul

    Chapter 5: The Visa Waiver Program (VWP): Not As Simple and Easy As It Looks

    Chapter 6: Non-Immigrant Classes and Their U.S. Tax Obligations

    Chapter 7: E-1/E-2 Treaty Traders and Treaty Investors

    Chapter 8: The Consular Role in L-1 Blanket Petitions

    Chapter 9: H-1B "Dependent Employees": From Labeling to Lawbreaking

    Chapter 10: Temporary Assignment of H-1B Employees to Client Work Sites

    Chapter 11: State Department Name-Checks and Security Advisory Opinions (SAOs)

    Chapter 12: ICE Data-Mining and Federal Benefits Fraud Task Forces - Send In the Marines: Best Practices to Survive Audits and Task Forces

    Chapter 13: What to do if Your Client's Visa is Denied: Visa Office Advisory Opinions

    Chapter 14: A Template for Attorney Risk-Assessment

    PART III. RESOURCE MATERIALS ON CD-ROM

    Hundreds of relevant Statues/Regulations, Forms, FAM Provisions, Executive Orders, documents from DoC, DHS, DoJ, DoL, DoT, DoS, useful weblinks.

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    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    As one of the nation's largest labor and employment law firms, Ogletree Deakins represents employers in a broad range of workplace matters. Our clients include more than half of the Fortune 50 corporations, and some of North Carolina's largest employers. The immigration practice group employs over 46 immigration attorneys and over 85 paraprofessionals. Our Raleigh office has an opportunity for an experienced immigration associate to join the firm's expanding practice and assume a major role in our business immigration practice. We are fully committed to the importance of diversity within the legal profession, as well as all workplace environments and strongly encourage the interest of diverse candidates in the firm. Requirements: Candidates should possess extensive experience with PERM applications, H-1B, L-1, TN and E visas; must possess experience in high-volume business immigration work environment. Ideal candidate will have 3-6 years of business immigration experience. Excellent writing, organizational and research skills are required. We are not working with outside recruiters for this position. Contact Information: To apply for this position, please email your resume to Vanessa Russell at vanessa.russell@ogletreedeakins.com with "RALEIGH IMMIGRATION ASSOCIATE" in the subject line.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Raleigh, NC - Ogletree Deakins is one of the nation's largest labor and employment law firms. Its immigration practice group employs over 46 immigration attorneys and over 85 paraprofessionals. Our Raleigh office has an opportunity for an experienced immigration paralegal to join the firm's expanding practice. We are fully committed to the importance of diversity within the legal profession, as well as all workplace environments and strongly encourage the interest of diverse candidates in the firm. Duties will include preparation and filing of petitions, H-1B visa applications and labor certification applications. Our outstanding paralegals also compile and analyze case facts, draft correspondence, maintain and organize client documentation and have direct contact with multiple employees. Requirements: Extensive employment based immigration paralegal experience, preferably in large law firm environment, as well as strong proficiency with MS Word, Outlook, INS Zoom, and a document management system. Successful candidates will possess strong writing skills, have excellent attention to detail, be able to multi-task and work independently toward team goals. Outstanding case management and organizational skills are required. Contact: To apply for this position, please email your resume to Vanessa Russell at vanessa.russell@ogletreedeakins.com with "RALEIGH IMMIGRATION PARALEGAL" in the subject line.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Santa Monica, CA - Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP (www.wolfsdorf.com) a top-rated 20 attorney immigration firm seeks an experienced PERM paralegal or legal assistant with at least 2 5 years immigration experience. Qualified candidates must have a commitment to hard work, excellent writing, communication, organizational and case management skills. We offer competitive salaries and benefits plus a pleasant working environment. Send your resume, a cover letter and Earnings history by email only to YLi@Wolfsdorf.com. Applications will be kept strictly confidentiality. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    New York, NY - Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC, a highly regarded New York immigration law firm, seeks a well-rounded immigration attorney who will enjoy working in a broad range of immigration practice areas including H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM, EB-1, consular processing, adjustment of status, naturalization, waivers, family petitions, and appeals. The ideal candidate must be detail oriented, capable of managing a large caseload, possess excellent writing skills and have a voracious appetite for research and scholarship. Must also be admitted to the NY bar and possess at least 3+ years of a broad range of experience in immigration law. Salary commensurate with experience + benefits (health + 401k). Please email your cover letter and resume to resumes@cyrusmehta.com.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Arlington, VA - The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), a nongovernmental, not-for-profit national organization dedicated to addressing the needs and rights of refugees and immigrants, seeks a full-time Associate Director of the Immigrant Children Legal Program (AD/ICLP). The AD/ICLP acts as USCRI's senior point of contact for its pro bono network representing Unaccompanied Immigrant Children (UAC) in immigration proceedings, and acts as a senior contact and subject matter expert, raising awareness of these vulnerable individuals at the national and grass roots levels. The Associate Director will also lead efforts to build USCRI's presence and programs related to UACs in Central America, Mexico and other regions.Responsibilities include managing ICLP staff and international UAC programs, senior-level relationship management with funders, Congress, the Administration, NGOs and legal community. The AD/ICLP will identify new program opportunities, develop program models, assist in identifying potential funding sources and implement new programs. A J.D. with admission to any bar and substantial experience representing immigrants or immigrant children in immigration law matters and/or experience in policy development and advocacy regarding immigrant children required. A minimum of five years' experience managing federal grants and fluency in written and spoken Spanish required. For the full job announcement, please visit here.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    New York, NY - Immigration Law Firm is seeking a Business Immigration Attorney. Position will handle full range of immigrant and nonimmigrant employment based matters. Attorney will prepare, file, and monitor status of NIV and IV petitions for corporate and individual clients including PERM, H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1, J-1, E-1/2, B-1/2, etc. Attorney will also research and draft complex Request for Evidence responses and Motions to Reopen/Reconsider to USCIS/DOL; in addition, attorney will update and maintain case files via LawLogix. Ideal candidate will have 2+ years of experience and will manage own caseload. Please send resumes to administrator@ppid.com

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    New York City - Fragomen is the largest law firm in the world dedicated to corporate immigration, and is recognized as the leading global immigration services provider. Currently, the firm is seeking a Sr. Immigration Paralegal for their New York City, NY office. Fragomen offers a competitive compensation & benefit package. The Sr. Immigration Paralegal will perform challenging, substantive legal work and will work with a smart, motivated and diverse peer group. The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of 6+ years working experience as a Corporate Immigration Paralegal. The candidate will possess a strong knowledge of visa procedural requirements; have experience drafting RFEs'; PERM Audit responses and filing immigrant and non-immigrant petitions, including Outstanding Researcher and PERM applications. Please submit your resume here.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Toronto, ON - PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP, a law firm affiliated with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, seeks an experienced U.S. immigration attorney to provide corporate immigration solutions to a diverse business clientele. This position offers excellent opportunities for leadership, and career advancement. Responsibilities include managing the provision of legal services for NIV and IV matters including H-1B, L-1, TN, E-1/2, J-1, O-1, B-1/2, PERM, immigrant petitions, consular processing as well as advising on compliance and related matters. Must demonstrate a solid understanding of U.S. corporate immigration law, compliance issues and audits, be able to effectively manage law clerks and other client service team members and undertake business development. Require JD and admission to any U.S. state bar and at least 3 years of post-call U.S. corporate immigration experience. Please apply at www.pwc.com/ca/careers

    Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
    Washington, DC - Visa Law Group PLLC is a boutique firm specializing in business & investment immigration. We have a staff of 10, including 4 attorneys and other support staff. We are a busy office located in Washington, DC, with a casual and friendly work environment. We are looking for a seasoned business-based immigration attorney to manage a large case load, but also to take leadership role to expand the firm s practice. Candidate will have min 5 years of experience in business immigration. Will prepare, file, and monitor status of NIV and IV petitions for corporate and individual clients including PERM, H-1B, L-1, TN, O-1, J-1, E-1/2, EB-1, 2 & 3, etc. and maintain case files via INSZoom. There is a lot of room for growth, profit-share and potential ownership interest. Will consider merger with solo or small firm. Bringing your own book of business is a plus. Perfect opportunity for senior associate looking to go to next level. Send your cover letter and resume to Farah@VisaLawGroup.com. Please no calls.

    Immigration Law Certificate
    Classes offered both online and in-person. Master the complex and ever changing maze of immigration policies and regulations with the Immigration Law Studies Certificate Program offered by CUNY's School of Professional Studies. This graduate-level certificate program, consisting of (3) three-credit classes, offers students who complete it a comprehensive understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes surrounding the status of immigrants in the US, including family and employment-based immigration and deportation defense. It is designed for individuals working in law firms, companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations where they interact with immigrants and immigrant legal concerns on a regular basis and would therefore benefit from greater knowledge of the laws and regulations surrounding immigration. For more information on class schedules, tuition and fees, course applications and to register, see here.

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