As a sales representative at INSZoom, I meet hundreds of lawyers at every national AILA conference. This year in Nashville was no different. But one person, her questions and her needs stood out.

Her name was Sharon Cole and she was starting a new immigration practice. There were a lot of decisions to be made. She didn’t know where to begin and how to best use her financial muscle to get her practice off the ground. Sharon wanted to know how INSZoom could help her.

Sharon cared about her business, she wanted to make good choices with her money, and she wanted to make sure she got a system that would work for her without breaking the bank.

We talked about business, about immigration and about life. I described our services to her. She came back before the conference was over and signed up with INSZoom.

A few months later, Sharon sent me an email. Here’s some of what she wrote:

I am extremely pleased to have INSZoom as a part of my immigration practice. In addition to it being my resource for immigration document production and website design and hosting, I feel like the staff is a part of my practice. They are highly knowledgeable, accessible and helpful. And they care.

My salesman, Brian McNair, went above the call of duty and helped me with technical issues involving my website, email integration and general matters in starting my immigration practice. He was friendly, accessible, answered all my questions, and made relevant and practical suggestions. I feel that Brian is truly interested in helping my immigration practice succeed. He listened to my needs and never pressured me to purchase the software or webhosting service.

I believe INSZoom is a great company because all the staff seems very happy with their jobs and helping their clients. That makes a difference in the way they provide service to me and their other clients. I intend to keep INSZoom as an integral part of my immigration practice.

Sharon, I’m so glad you are part of our family here at INSZoom. We are all happy to hear from you and we can’t wait to see you at the next conference.

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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.

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@localhost or phone: 925-244-0600 to learn more. We look forward to putting you on cloud nine.

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