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NIW cases, which was a major break from
the employer-sponsor provisions standard
in labor certification. It was perhaps easier
for us to see as newer practitioners because
the "job offer" requirement had not yet become so deeply engrained.
We immediately began filing hundreds
of these cases for researchers around the
country and hired several additional lawyers to help us. Times were relatively slow
in other areas of employment-based immigration law, but we were so busy we
could hardly keep up.
History Will Repeat
Opportunity in Volume
Even if you fail to make a similar discovery in CIR
itself, the sheer magnitude of new cases expected to
roll out of CIR is extraordinary. Employment and
family cases currently amount to hundreds of thousands of cases per year, but CIR will create millions of
additional cases. Even if this increase in cases is spread
out over many years, that still constitutes a manifold
increase over current case volumes. Even if you never
file a "blue card" case, you will likely experience an
Demonstrators gather in front of the U.S.
Capitol during a demonstration for immigration
reform in Washington, D.C., on April 10.
uptick in clients as other practitioners shift focus or
simply become too busy.
Seize the Moment
Large changes in immigration law have the power
to substantially alter your career—especially if you are
just getting started. Do not take a passive role. Proactively study and contribute to CIR, and you will reap
Cletus M. Weber is co-founder of Peng & Weber,
PLLC, based in Mercer Island, WA. He is editor-inchief of AILA's Guide to PERM Labor Certification.
The author's views do not necessarily represent the
views of AILA nor do they constitute legal advice or
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CIR similarly presents a golden opportunity to
break into immigration law. As a newer practitioner,
you are every bit as likely to stumble upon a major
quirk, potentially one that few others—even an experienced practitioner—can see. With the currently
rapid spread of information, it will be more difficult
for such a quirk to go unnoticed for long, but there is
still potential for rapid growth if you discover a successful new way of looking at CIR provisions.