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Globalize Your Firm

posted by: INSZoom date: Feb 24, 2014 From Our CEO, Immigration Stories comments: Comments Off on Globalize Your Firm
By Umesh Vaidyamath In the old days, it was only the big companies that were global. In recent years, mid-size companies began to go global. Now it is common for even start-ups of a handful of people to be spread across the globe. This development was un-thought of only a few short years ago. Globalization is of two kinds: globalization of markets and globalization of the workforce; globalization of sales and globalization of labor; globalization of output and globalization of input. Markets of companies are being globalized and so are their workforce. Just as every country has import and export regulations governing movement of goods across their borders, so also they have regulations governing movement of people across their borders for conducting business and working. A business with a Serbian programmer needs to know what documentation and visas he will need to visit US, India or Japan on business. It is not as simple as simply getting a tourist visa—many countries have elaborate processes governing work done by foreigners within their borders. Being able to conduct business while complying with these regulations is critical for a global company. For a company or a law firm it is nearly impossible to keep track of the immigration and emigration laws and procedures in over a hundred countries. This task is made even harder by the fact that laws and forms keep changing every day. The solution is to use software to remain on top of immigration matters in countries of interest. INSZoom provides this capability to law firms and to companies. Relying on INSZoom to help with global mobility issues allows law firms and companies to operate globally. To learn more about how INSZoom can assist you, call us at 1-925-244-0600 or write to us at sales@inszoom.com.

Umesh Vaidyamath

Vaidyamath founded INSZoom in 1999. As CEO of INSZoom, Vaidyamath managed the company’s dramatic growth from a software start-up to the premier immigration case management software vendor and the largest independent software company in the immigration software industry, with a team of 160+ employees worldwide. Vaidyamath turned INSZoom into a profitable and financially sound company in less than three years. Prior to INSZoom, Vaidyamath’s experience included leading a team of software engineers and architecting state-of-the-art large-scale e-commerce and client server applications at Hewlett Packard, Intel Corporation, Mervyn’s California, JB Hunt, Vodafone and AT&T. Vaidyamath is a frequent speaker on information technology issues and regularly contributes his immigration expertise to leading business magazines and newspapers worldwide. In addition, he is the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award and a 2007 achievement award from Veerashaiva Samaja of North America.
date:  Feb 24, 2014 comments:  Comments Off on Globalize Your Firm
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IT Immigration: Senate & House

posted by: INSZoom date: Dec 23, 2013 From Our CEO, Immigration News comments: Comments Off on IT Immigration: Senate & House
By Umesh Vaidyamath The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration bill in June 2013. Though the House has not passed a bill, several immigration bills were reported by the House Judiciary Committee to the House floor. There is a dramatic difference between the visions of the Senate and the House for IT immigration. The Senate is largely unfriendly to IT immigration as it exists today. It wants to destroy intermediaries for IT talent (“body shops”). If it has its way, the “H-1B dependent” employers will no longer exist. The Senate bill would compel large companies to hire IT personnel directly from India, instead of their current use of “body shops”. Smaller companies will be hit because they don’t have the ability to hire overseas. All this will cause turmoil in the current IT ecosystem, especially in Silicon Valley. The House on the other hand regards the current IT industry as one of America’s success stories. The various bills reported by the House Judiciary Committee will make possible a massive expansion of the IT industry by increasing quotas, and reducing wait times, ushering in a golden age of American IT immigration giving America access to the best IT talent throughout the world. The Senate and the House bills represent significantly different visions for IT immigration. It is difficult to tell which one will prevail—as in all politics, we can expect a combination of the visions to pass the Congress. What is common to both the Senate and the House visions is a massive increase in IT immigration—the difference will be in the structure of that expansion. But the costs will be high in terms of increased fees and increased regulations under either vision, the Senate’s or the House’s. Agencies like USCIS and DOS are not good at adjusting to change, and will struggle with handling the new law when it comes. The IT industry will also struggle as a result. Change in IT immigration is imminent even if there is no Comprehensive Immigration Reform since IT issues are so important that some IT legislation is to be expected regardless of how Comprehensive Immigration Reform fairs. Law firms that use digital case management will be at a major advantage, because productivity in immigration processing, which has been competitive advantage so far will now become a survival requirement. INSZoom stands ready to help any law firm who wants to achieve these productivity increases and prepare for the changes coming to IT immigration in 2014.
date:  Dec 23, 2013 comments:  Comments Off on IT Immigration: Senate & House
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Immigration Law Firms in the Cloud

posted by: INSZoom date: Dec 20, 2013 From Our CEO, Immigration News comments: Comments Off on Immigration Law Firms in the Cloud
By Umesh Vaidyamath USCIS has not digitized its processes yet. Its first attempt to do so on a large scale was the ELIS system, which was launched with a great deal of fanfare. However, since its launch, the usage of the system has been much lower than hoped for and the use of it has not spread much beyond the original form I-539. When the USCIS goes digital, immigration law firms will need to do so as well. But there are two kinds of law firms that have seen the writing on the wall and have made significant progress in moving to digital work flow and into the Cloud. The largest immigration practices have been at the cutting edge of moving to the cloud. Of the top 25 immigration practices around 25% have already moved to the cloud and we expect that in a year or so that percentage will cross 50%. The rationale for doing so is competitive. The trend towards moving to the cloud is clear. These firms have a choice of whether they are ahead of the curve or behind. Practices that serve the IT community have made strides into the cloud as well. Their clients are more sophisticated and demand and expect to work on the Cloud. Younger and solo practices with little legacy issues move to the cloud more readily, and are able to reap the benefits of doing so. Here are some of the most compelling reasons for an immigration law practice to move to the cloud: Improve Accessibility:
  • Work from anywhere and anytime;
  • Accessible through any device, mobile, laptop, Mac, Windows
  • Location independence.
  • Ease access to Information using web interfaces
  • Convenience and Continuous Availability
Globalize Your Operations:
  • Seamless working together across all US and Global offices for law firms as well as clients
Robust Security and Recovery:
  • State of the art security
  • Control access to all documents
  • Efficient backup and recovery
  • Resiliency and Redundancy
There is one advantage of moving to the cloud which most companies who sell cloud services and practices that choose to move to the cloud do not fully realize until they have made the move. Using the cloud saves you a large amount of file storage space. If you look around your office or any law firm office, 15-20% of the raw square footage of law offices is consumed by file storage. You can make much better use of space than storing paper files. Moving to the cloud results in a better office: more pleasant and more efficient. INSZoom stands ready to help you transition to the cloud. You can read our white papers on “Moving to the Cloud” and “Is the Cloud Secure?” and contact a representative by email: sales@inszoom.com or phone: 925-244-0600 to learn more. We look forward to putting you on cloud nine.
date:  Dec 20, 2013 comments:  Comments Off on Immigration Law Firms in the Cloud
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Obama’s DREAMers and the Changing Times for Immigrants

posted by: INSZoom date: Nov 18, 2013 From Our CEO, Immigration News, Immigration Stories, News comments: Comments Off on Obama’s DREAMers and the Changing Times for Immigrants
By Umesh Vaidyamath I came to the United States in 1990. I was a dreamer and was lucky to have an H-1B immigration status, unlike Obama’s DREAMers of today. I was sponsored for my H1-B and then my Green Card by the Fortune 100 company I worked for. I still remember how the company’s HR department had no clue about the seriousness or complexity of the immigration process. For them, it was just another set of paperwork. They empowered me to take care of my own immigration needs. They gave me a budget. I chose my own attorney and, with him, managed my own immigration process. It took me 18 months to get my Green Card. But oh the times have changed. Today, many HR departments get it. The U.S. government as well as advocacy groups like the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Council of International Professionals (ACIP) have done a tremendous job of educating the industry of the need and the complexity of immigration. Just as important is the support and advocacy from leaders from companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox and Microsoft. If you haven’t yet heard of it, take a few moments to learn more about FWD.us. They are an organization started by key leaders including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Reid Hoffman and they want to make immigration reform real. FWD.us is conducting a “Hackathon” on November 21 and 22, in which DREAMer engineers and product designers and their mentors will code for 24 hours straight at LinkedIn’s headquarters. I would like to personally congratulate all of the selected DREAMers and wish them the best of luck during the Hackathon and in their future careers and lives. Godspeed to all of you and kudos to Mark Zuckerberg and the entire FWD.us team for this great initiative. DREAMers selected for DREAMers hackathon Luis Aguilar, 25, Falls Church, VA Gerardo Alvarado, 25, Milwaukee, WI Isabel Bahena, 23, San Leandro, CA Sarahi Espinoza, 23, East Palo Alto, CA Roly Fentantes, 25, New York, NY Erick Garcia, 27, Mesa, AZ Jay Hu, 23, New York, NY Rahul Kapadia, 23, Santa Barbara, CA Henry Lopez, 19, Falls Church, VA Rocio Lopez, 24, Mountain View, CA Celso Mireles, 26, Phoenix, AZ Justino Mora, 24, Los Angeles, CA Erick Orellana, 20, Patchogue, NY Edson Sierra, 20, Charlotte, NC Kent Tam, 24, Los Angeles, CA Dayana Torres, 19, Fairfax, VA Edgar Torres, 26, Oceanside, CA Jorge Torres, 27, Oceanside, CA Carlos Vargas, 28, New York, NY
date:  Nov 18, 2013 comments:  Comments Off on Obama’s DREAMers and the Changing Times for Immigrants
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Michael Gurfinkel – Immigration’s Patron Saint Of Valentine’s Day

posted by: INSZoom date: Feb 14, 2013 From Our CEO, Immigration Stories comments: Comments Off on Michael Gurfinkel – Immigration’s Patron Saint Of Valentine’s Day
Coming to the U.S. can be daunting. It can be even harder when you enter undocumented or get caught up in immigration red tape. Getting out of those types of difficult situations can become a near impossible goal. One man, Rick, ran into just that problem. Rick’s wife, Maria, had been detained by immigration authorities and had been in detention for a number of days. He became extremely worried. Rick checked with several immigration attorneys. They reviewed his wife’s case. Every attorney said the same thing: the case looked extremely complicated. Getting Maria released would be very difficult. And then Rick met Michael Gurfinkel, lead attorney at the Law Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel, Inc. (www.gurfinkel.com), and a long-time client of INSZoom. Michael too felt that the case was complicated, but he said something the other attorneys didn’t. He said he felt he could get Maria released. He gave Rick hope. Further, Michael promised Rick that he would do his best so that he and his wife would be together on Valentine’s Day. Guess what happened? Michael made it happen. Rick and Maria were reunited in the U.S. on Valentine’s Day. Maria got her green card through Gurfinkel’s efforts, and is now a US citizen. It was a true immigration love story. I’m so proud of Michael and so happy to be able to call him and other excellent attorneys like him my clients. It’s love stories like this one that make me feel good this Valentine’s Day.
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