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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
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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
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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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Don’t Just Scan This Article: The Latest News On Barcodes Straight From USCIS and INSZoom, The Immigration Case Management Software Leader

posted by: INSZoom date: Nov 15, 2013 Announcement, Immigration News, Innovation@INSZoom comments: Comments Off on Don’t Just Scan This Article: The Latest News On Barcodes Straight From USCIS and INSZoom, The Immigration Case Management Software Leader
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New Barcode Updates INSZoom’s focus on always staying at the leading edge of new technology and engaging with Government agencies as it did with the USCIS on the bar coded forms, recently had a big payoff when the company was invited to participate in a stakeholder conference with USCIS. On November 6, 2013, key INSZoom immigration case management software staff and other stakeholders involved in the immigration process participated in a teleconference with USCIS to discuss issues and concerns about USCIS’ new barcode forms. In this stakeholder conference, USCIS shared its vision and reasons for moving forward with new barcode technology. These reasons included the agency’s motivation to implement more standardized, efficient and error-free methods that use technology efficaciously. Barcodes are much more effective and accurate than the previous technology (manually entering data or using OCR scans to capture data and transfer to a database system). Forms Affected by the New Barcode Updates USCIS also shared future goals. Currently the forms that use the new barcode technology include the following:
  • Form I-90
  • Form I-824
  • Form I-131
  • Form G-28
In the near future, Phase Two will introduce barcode technology for the following additional forms:
  • Form N-400
  • Form I-821
  • Form I-765
  • Form I-130
  • Form I-485
Also in the stakeholder teleconference, USCIS shared key issues they faced when developing the new barcode technology and problems they currently see from applicants:
  • Missing data
  • Data shifted to other fields when the barcode was scanned
  • Damaged barcodes
To address these issues and ensure there is no delay in case processing, USCIS suggested the following:
  1. Don’t reuse forms; always create new forms for each case.
  2. If the data on a form changes, reprint the complete form and not just a single page.
  3. Do not damage the barcode; this may result in inaccurate information being uploaded to USCIS’ systems.
  4. Follow a single protocol for completing the form. Either electronically fill out the form or hand write it. Do not mix the two in a single form.
  5. In many cases forms from a case management provider are not in sync with the USCIS form. This is not the case with INSZoom’s forms, by the way. We pride ourselves on our technology’s ability to sync with the federal government’s systems!
How USCIS Guidance Will Help Immigration Case Management Software Companies USCIS plans to share their barcode specifications shortly that will help immigration case management software providers like INSZoom ensure accurate syncing of data from their forms with the USCIS systems. We at INSZoom applaud USCIS’ efforts to introduce new and robust technology methods such as the new barcode technology. This will result in a significant reduction in erroneous information passing through digital systems. In the long run it will reduce redundancy and increase efficiency, two things that we try to do with all of our technology solutions!
date:  Nov 15, 2013 comments:  Comments Off on Don’t Just Scan This Article: The Latest News On Barcodes Straight From USCIS and INSZoom, The Immigration Case Management Software Leader
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Denmark Rolls Out The Red Carpet For International Business Professionals

posted by: INSZoom date: Nov 14, 2013 Announcement, Immigration News comments: Comments Off on Denmark Rolls Out The Red Carpet For International Business Professionals
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A new scheme called the Red Carpet Scheme has just been launched by Denmark for business professionals. Similar to the Orange Carpet Scheme by Netherlands, this scheme will affect multiple companies, including India. Under this scheme, executives, middle-level managers and experts who are part of Indian (or other eligible countries) companies that are registered with Denmark will be given multiple entry business visas valid through all Schengen countries. This new visa scheme was launched to support business travel to Denmark to conduct ongoing business as well as exploratory business. The program is open to public and private companies as long as they meet certain requirements. Accreditation by the company must take place before an employee can request access through the program. Key businesses have already established themselves as participants in the Red Carpet Scheme; this includes leading companies such as Tata and L&T. Accreditation is being offered to multiple company types, including:
  • Established local subsidiaries of Danish companies
  • Established local companies with a subsidiary in Denmark
  • Companies that regularly send employees to Denmark
  • Local companies with exclusive partnerships with Danish companies
  • Local companies whose employees regularly need to travel to Denmark to engage in business
  • Local companies with an interest in investing funds in Denmark
Benefits of participation include:
  • Decisions allowing for entry will be made within three business days
  • Documentation requirements have been greatly reduced
  • Applicants do not need to apply in person and no appointments are required
  • Multiple-entry visas are being offered
The goal of the Red Carpet Scheme is to simplify the visa and entry process to Denmark for valid business professionals. The program was created based on requests by businesses with established business engagement in Denmark. Plans are afoot to introduce a similar scheme for students wishing to obtain higher education in Denmark.
date:  Nov 14, 2013 comments:  Comments Off on Denmark Rolls Out The Red Carpet For International Business Professionals
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Don’t Fall Victim To Immigration Scams – Know Your Rights

posted by: INSZoom date: Nov 08, 2013 Immigration News, Immigration Stories, News comments: Comments Off on Don’t Fall Victim To Immigration Scams – Know Your Rights
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To celebrate the festivities of Diwali, an Indian festival equivalent in fervor and spirit of Christmas, a group of us decided to go into town and have some fun. Conversation topics during the celebration ranged from family and friends to politics and what all expatriates in the U.S. love to discuss – immigration and the pitfalls of the current system. During this discussion one of the people present (lets call him John) mentioned a call he got from someone who said he was a USCIS officer. This person knew John’s personal information as well as his immigration status. The “officer” was initially polite and courteous and took additional information from John. But then, the “officer” turned the tables. He referred to a series of inaccuracies and fallacies in John’s immigration documents and records. He then indicated that these could be quickly corrected to ensure that John would not face any problems with the USCIS. Obviously, John was eager to correct these “errors”. The so-called officer then dropped the bombshell indicating that there would be a hefty charge to have these records updated and corrected. This request set off warning bells. John questioned the officer. The discussions quickly turned ugly. The “officer” used threats and strong language to attempt to get John to pay the fees. John made a wise next choice. He asked the “officer” to send him a written notice. If the fee was legitimate, John said he had no problem with paying it. John, however, was now convinced that this was a scam. After the “officer” hung up, John tried to call back the number, but it was a spoof number. Since then I have heard numerous similar stories. Some people have even paid these scam artists. Like all governments, the U.S. government has its fair share of positive and negative aspects. But this country excels in its commitment to be fair and impartial to any individual. People have the right in this country to be heard and clarify their positions before any action is taken. To do this, the U.S. government gives individuals written notices and gives them the opportunity to respond. If you are ever a recipient of such a call, ask for the officer’s credentials, write down his or her contact number and insist that a written notice be sent to you on the allegations and the course of action available to you to remedy the issue. Never make payments over the phone unless you have initiated the process and there are specific provisions to make phone payments. Remember, the U.S. government never requires any particular payment method; they provide you with multiple payment options, including checks, which provide a complete trace of the transaction. Last but not least, seek advise from a legal representative or corporate immigration team before acting upon any such request you receive.
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