We are happy to share an interview with INSZoom’s long-standing client, Mary Carmen Madrid-Cost, by Luke Telander, a program associate for outreach at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS). Mary Carmen is on the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) National Consumer Protection & Unauthorized Practice of Law Action Committee, and works diligently to fight against notarios, people who prey upon the confusion and fear of immigrants to make a profit. In the interview, Mary Carmen speaks about what notario fraud is, how it affects immigrants and how immigrants and immigration lawyers can help fight this crime.
Read the full interview at the LIRS blog.
Many technology companies offer products and services online, including INSZoom, which has been cloud-based since we started in 1999. But we understand your concerns over the safety of the cloud and, especially, your clients’ very personal information. Can you manage a fully secure business using online services? Can you store and access data via the Internet and still tell your clients their information is private and protected? Find out the answers to these questions and many others by downloading INSZoom’s new, free whitepaper, Is the Cloud Secure? A Primer on Cloud Software and the Immigration Industry.
INSZoom is always looking for ways to improve our customers’ experiences. We’ve found a new and great way to deliver exceptional service through our recently launched, always available customer support portal powered by Zendesk. For those of you who don’t know, Zendesk is the leader in support technology. Everyone, from OpenTable to Xerox, uses its customer support software. And now, INSZoom uses it as well!
Technology and automation are more than just buzzwords; they are proven ways to help immigration lawyers more effectively use their resources to grow their businesses and engage with their client base. Since we first started offering cloud-based case management solutions for immigration lawyers in 1999, INSZoom has excelled at giving immigration lawyers the tools to automate key components of their enterprises. We’ve worked closely with our clients over the decade to help them grow through innovation, automation and the productive use of technology.
INSZoom.com, Inc., the world’s leading immigration technology company, today announced that it was selected as a finalist for the 2013 American Business Awards, and will be awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie® Award in the program.
The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. INSZoom is a finalist in the Customer Service Department of the Year Category.
We’re thrilled to share with you another story from a satisfied INSZoom client. This message comes to us from Sharon Cole at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Cole Law Firm:
I have to tell you about a success that I just had. Today, ICE finally decided to let my client out of custody where she had been for 10 months, awaiting her asylum hearing. We lost at the asylum hearing on Monday, last week. She was facing immediate deportation because she had a prior removal order. I scurried and was able to file an U Visa application for her that Tuesday, with the help of INSZoom. ICE let her out because of the pending U Visa.
We are pleased to announce that INSZoom is featured as the “Company of the Month” in April Edition of SiliconIndia Magazine.
Here are the excerpts from the article -
Over a decade ago, INSZoom.com, Inc., introduced the first version of its immigration case management technology. In this early era of technology services, INSZoom’s cloud-based technology solutions were innovative and helped define the ways in which immigration professionals managed cases. As the federal government began to embrace technology, INSZoom grew, providing more and more varied services to their legal and corporate customers, enabling direct connections between immigration professionals, their clients, consultants, governments throughout the world and more. Through INSZoom’s portal-based systems, everyone involved in immigration’s book of business found a place to collaborate and cooperate, to complete essential case management tasks and components and to ensure compliance across the full spectrum of the immigration lifecycle.
A Summary: The Proposed Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013
The proposed bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill was formally introduced in the form of a 17-page outline. The author emphasizes that this is a proposal which is subject to debate. The final shape and form of the enacted bill may be different from the outline that is being introduced today. The purpose of this article is to provide readers an idea of what will guide the Senate debates in the coming month. More importantly, the public should be warned not to part with their hard earned money and rely upon unauthorized immigration consultants, often referred to especially in the Hispanic communities as notarios, who promise to help in the legalization process this early in time. Do not be lured by smooth talk and tactics often used by notarios to make you feel comfortable to use their services – many have lost the opportunity for an immigration benefit because of overpromising and dishonest consultants and, uncertified paralegals. While it is true that certain states and cities may have licensing procedures for immigration service providers (ISP), their role is often limited to translating and reproducing documents as well as completing immigration forms (but this is almost playing with fire because choosing a particular box to check within an immigration form or choosing which form to complete is considered providing legal advice, which ISPs are not allowed to do). Remember that only attorneys licensed in one jurisdiction and organizations recognized/individuals certified by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) may provide advice on immigration matters. Learn more about notario fraud, reporting such activities, and how to protect yourself by visiting www.stopnotariofraud.org. Hopefully, members of the immigrant communities recognize their responsibility of policing fraudulent individuals or organizations especially within their own communities. The fight against notario fraud only becomes stronger with evidence from victims. Now that favorable immigrant benefits are apparent, immigrants should seize this moment to expose and not be victimized by unauthorized immigration consultants. And, hopefully, as comprehensive immigration reform reaches a crescendo, notarios will find no more willing victims.
As the deadline nears for the electronic I-94 to go live approaches, there seems to be an increasing anxiety on how smooth is the transition going to be.
From what I gather the CBP seems to be on track to rolling out the system on April 26, 2013 and the first electronic I-94 on April 30, 2013. The implementation planned over a 4 week period starts with the roll out of the system on April 30, 2013 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Las Vegas Airport, Chicago O’Hare and Miami International Airport.
As the Immigration debate heats up in the US, let us take a look at three recent proposals and their salient points
- 1. H–1B and L–1 Visa Reform Act of 2013 sponsored by Senator Grassley
- 2. Immigration Innovation Act of 2013’’ or the ‘‘I-Squared Act of 2013 sponsored by Senators Hatch, Klobuchar, Rubio, Coons, Flake, Heller, Blumenthal, Hoeven, Warner
- 3. Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform Sponsored by Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet, and Flake