Upcoming Exhibitions:

1. 2014 AILA Midyear Conference January 24, 2014 @ Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

2. 35th Annual Immigration Law Update South Beach February 6-7, 2014 @ Jungle Island, Miami, Florida

3. 2014 Pacific Northwest Immigration Law Conference February 20-21, 2014 @ Portland, Oregon

4. Totally Expat Show 2014 February 27, 2014 @ Houston, Texas

5. 11th Annual AILA New England Chapter Conference March 7, 2014 @ Boston, MA

6. HR West 2014 April 28-30, 2014 @ Oakland, CA

7. 2014 AILA Spring Conference April 11, 2014 @ Washington DC

8. 2014 IHRIM June 1-4, 2014 @ Anaheim, CA

9. 2014 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law June 18-21, 2014 @ Boston, MA

10. 2014 Annual SHRM June 22-25, 2014 @ Orlando, FL

Past Exhibitions:

1. AILA South Florida Chapter Conference – February 7-8, 2013 @ Miami, Florida

2. South West Totally Expat Show – February 25, 2013 @ Houston, Texas

3. AILA Spring Conference – April 12, 2013 @ Washington, D.C.

4. Mid-West Totally Expat Show – April 18, 2013 @ Chicago, Illinois

5. North East Totally Expat Show – June 18, 2013 @ NewYork City, New York

6. SHRM® Annual Conference and Exposition – June 16-19, 2013 @ Chicago, Illinois

7. AILA Annual Conference On Immigration Law -June 26-29, 2013 @ San Francisco, California

8. DePaul Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic – July 23, 2013 @ Chicago

9. AILA PERM Conference – August 19, 2013 @ Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel – Chicago IL

10. AILA Fall Conference – September 27, 2013 @ Austin, Texas

11. Annual AILA Central Florida Chapter Immigration Law Seminar – October 11-12, 2013 @ Clearwater Beach, Florida

12. AILA Ohio & Mid-South – October 25-26, 2013 @ Cincinnati, Ohio

13. AILA California Chapters Conference – November 7-9, 2013 @ Anaheim, California

14. AILA New York Chapters Conference December, 2013 @ New York, NY

I often get questions from friends and acquaintances who ask me what does your company and / or product do. While I would love to speak about both to them for hours on end, starting from the incorporation of the company to how and why we decided to get into this business, how we revolutionized the way this business works and what the product capabilities are.

Before getting into the specifics about INSZoom and our products I ask them about their experiences on the process of their first international travel. I get answers that vary from the excellent service to harrowing tales of filling out the visa forms, following up with travel agents, living in a world of uncertainty as to when the visa would be issued etc. I assimilate their experience and start relating it to what we do at INSZoom. To captivate them I try and focus my conversation to getting them intrigued by the world-class solution that we provide to our customers and how it could have made their excellent or harrowing experience into a Delightful one.

I break down my conversation and cover our capabilities of the product, in the areas of, Workflow & Automation, Immigration processing capability (forms, questionnaires etc.) and our Case Management tracking capability.

By the time I finish, I see some of them are awestruck on learning about the spread of our product capabilities. The comment that they have to make is why does my organization not adopt your product. Hearing this my chest swells with pride and puts a big smile on my face.

INSZoom.com Inc., the world’s leading immigration case management and compliance company, was presented with the Bronze Stevie® Award in the Customer Service Department of the Year category in the 11th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago, Illinois on June 17, 2013.

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 proud to once again be given a key award in the American Business Awards in the Customer Service Department of the Year category,” said Umesh Vaidyamath, founder and CEO of INSZoom. “Our customer service professionals work hard every day to ensure our customers in the U.S., U.K. and worldwide receive the best possible support and services.”

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for “crowned,” the trophies were presented to honorees during a gala banquet on Monday, June 17 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. More than 500 nominees and their guests attended.

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, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 320 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process this year.

“This year’s American Business Awards was outsized in every way,” said Michael Gallagher, Stevie Awards founder and president. “More entries and more judges than ever before, and I’d have to say the most impressive collection of nominations we’ve ever received. We congratulate all of this year’s Stevie winners for their outstanding work.”

BSI Group recertifies INSZoom for successful merger of its ISO/IEC 27001:2005 and ISO 9001:2008 standards.

BSI Group is a leading external security consultant who has assessed organization’s infrastructure, information & net security, vulnerability and product’s sustaining ability against web penetration.

San Ramon, CA – April 10, 2014 – INSZoom.com, Inc. (www.INSZoom.com), the world’s leading immigration software company, announced today that it has received renewal of its ISMS and QMS certificates: (Standards: ISO/IEC 27001:2005 and ISO 9001:2008).

This recertification was confirmed by BSI Group India Private Limited. ISMS (ISO/IEC 27001:2005) and QMS (ISO 9001:2008) separate certificates were first awarded in 2008 and 2009 respectively and have been consistently reviewed each year. Each surveillance audit, conducted by BSI Group, re-establishes the company’s commitment to providing best-in-class management, security, processes and methodologies, as well as regulatory systems.

“INSZoom was first engaged with these international standard brands of excellence in the mid-2000s to raise the bar regarding how our company defines excellence in business operations,” said Umesh Vaidyamath, founder & CEO, INSZoom. “Today, we’re proud to announce the 2nd renewal of IMS (ISO 27001 and ISO 9001 merged) certification. We’re proud to show once again, our commitment to consistently deliver excellence in immigration technology, through these certifications.”

INSZoom received this joint certification based on the outstanding information measures as well as the net and data security procedures it provides to the clients. INSZoom, with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and India, is the only immigration and I-9 compliance company in the world that has received this award of recognition.

INSZoom received ISO 9001 certification for the establishment and maintenance of quality management systems that consistently provide products to meet its customers’ regulatory requirements, as well as its commitment to enhance customer satisfaction.

The company’s initial ISO 9001 and 27001 certification were reviewed and issued by TUV SUD Management Service GmbH, a leading global certification organization trading as TUV SUD South Asia Private Limited, after a careful and substantial review of the company’s practices, processes, and control systems.

ZOOM UPDATE: The new USCIS I-765 form for H-4 employment authorization is now available. Only three hours after USCIS publically released the new I-765 form, INSZoom.com, Inc. updated the system to make it simple to upload the form directly.

The new Form I-765 has been in process for months and allows certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B professionals to apply for valid employment authorization starting on May 26, 2015. This will allow qualified H-4 dependent spouses to contribute to household income and foster greater economic stability.

It is estimated that eligible H-4 dependent spouses could be as high as 179,600 in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years.

Prior to this rule, H-4 dependent spouses were not permitted to legally work or contribute to the US economy or workforce. Count on INSZoom for your immigration case management and always up-to-date forms.

You’ve probably heard horror stories about ransomware attacks. No one is safe from these attacks — law firms both large and small are vulnerable. Now, in addition to the traditional cyber-attacks we’ve come to fear, a new wave of ransomware attacks are hitting law firms. With these new attacks, your law firm’s data isn’t just encrypted and held for ransom, but your clients’ confidential information may be released to the public when the ransom isn’t paid.

There are two key factors that ransomware attackers consider when choosing their victims: accessibility and high-value data. For example, large organizations like universities often have small security teams making them an easier target for ransomware. And organizations like hospitals and law firms have highly sensitive data that they’re often willing to pay steep ransoms to keep private.

The corona-virus pandemic has forced many lawyers into home offices where they must rely on potentially insecure, or at least less secure, internet access and personal devices. And as legal teams continue to work remotely, law firms are left wondering if their data is safe from attack.

But first, what is ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a victim’s files making them inaccessible until a ransom is paid to the attacker. The ransoms can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, often payable to criminals in Bitcoin. One of the most common entry points for a ransomware attack is phishing spam. Phishing spam is attachments that are sent to the victim in an email, masquerading as a file they should trust. Once the files are downloaded and opened, this ransomware can take over the victim’s computer. Some other, more aggressive forms of ransomware exploit security holes to infect computers without even needing to trick users.

Holding data for ransom is the most common form of ransomware, but the latest evolution of ransomware attacks is being driven by a new form of ransomware known as Maze. In a typical Maze attack, the victim’s network is infiltrated and data is encrypted or made inaccessible. What comes next is what sets Maze apart from other cyber-attacks.

With a Maze attack, your data isn’t just encrypted, it’s also stolen and victims of these attacks are listed publicly on Maze’s website. The hackers then demand two ransoms, usually totaling between $1 million and $2 million. One ransom to get their data back, a second ransom to have it destroyed. If you’re unwilling or unable to pay the ransoms, your data will be made available to the public.

How lawyers can compromise the security

The highly sensitive data that lawyers handle make law firms a valuable target to hackers. Here’s a pretty shocking example that hit the news relatively recently: New York-based media and entertainment lawyers Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks have recently come under attack from the REvil (Sodinokibi) ransomware.

This ransomware is extorting the law firm, threatening to release sensitive files on the company’s celebrity clients. Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks are being extorted for a whopping $42 million ransom. The data at risk of being released to the public if the ransom is not paid includes contracts, nondisclosure agreements, phone numbers and email addresses, and private correspondence.

Ok, so not all lawyers have any celebrity clients, but all lawyers are responsible for keeping their clients’ data private and secure. And the longer we work from home, the more vulnerable our data is to ransomware attacks. So, how can you keep your clients and their data safe?

5 ways immigration lawyers can prevent attacks

The 2019 American Bar Association TECHREPORT noted that 36% of firms have had systems infected, and 26% of firms were unaware if they’ve been infected by malware. Larger firms are the least likely to know if they’ve suffered a malware attack. Security-minded legal professionals have been working hard to limit the amount of data that leaves their control and opting for encrypted, highly-secure, closed-loop systems for their most sensitive documents. Here is what you can do to help prevent ransomware attacks and keep your data safe.

1. Move to the Cloud

More law firms are moving client data and confidential documents from on-premise to cloud-hosted databases. Data is more secure when stored in a system with modern infrastructure and security protocols, instead of stored locally on an outdated system. Fifty-eight percent of firms use cloud technology to manage their clients and run their firms. The cloud provides the security law firms need to protect sensitive and confidential information. Physical security used at most data centers and routine data back-ups makes cloud-based case management software more secure than an on-site database.

2. Monitor email

Hackers exploit technical vulnerabilities via email because lawyers rely heavily on email to manage cases and interact with clients. Lawyers must be trained to monitor email for links and executable files. These files launch automatically when clicked, but applying software restrictions on your devices can prevent executable files from starting up without your consent.

3. Update software and hardware

Application updates are necessary and should not be treated as optional. Each software upgrade provides essential security needed to ward off cyber-attacks. Skipping software and hardware upgrades may offer short-term savings, but you’ll be paying for it in the long-term — loss of data and raised insurance premiums are just two examples of potential costs.

4. Invest in a foreign national portal

A foreign national portal (FN) is typically an interface that’s part of an immigration case management platform made specifically for the foreign national. Through an FN portal, the foreign national or their dependents can log in and perform various functions such as adding personal information, uploading documents, and in some cases view the status of their case and interact with their law firm.

The benefits of using an FN portal to manage immigration cases are numerous and varied. These portals give foreign nationals increased control over their information, which reduces anxiety and increases customer satisfaction. FN portals also guarantee greater data protection by allowing users to upload sensitive documents and otherwise interact directly with a secure, cloud-based portal with security built right into the process. With more access to their information, foreign nationals and their immigration lawyers might also exchange fewer emails, which increases the security of their communications.

5. Train employees on ransomware attacks

Believe it or not, humans are the main cause of most network outages and vulnerabilities. It takes just one human error to throw your entire law firm into chaos. But, you can actually train your employees to help ensure they understand cyber-security and best practices around it. Here are just a few cyber-security rules that are important to keep in mind:

  • Never click on unknown links
  • Do not open email attachments from unknown senders
  • Be wary of downloads
  • Protect your personal data
  • Never use USBs of unknown origins
  • Use a VPN when connected to public Wi-Fi

These steps will tighten your security measures and keep you safe from ransomware attacks.

How INSZoom can help

As data breaches at major law firms continue to make headlines, clients will begin to consider data security when choosing their lawyers And by extension, lawyers have to consider the same thing when looking at the technology they use, especially their case management platforms. Lawyers are obligated to protect clients’ sensitive information from phishing, malware, and ransomware. And INSZoom is built with that in mind, whether related to GDPR and CCPA, data organization, or more.

The leading immigration case management company announces that its cloud-based compliance technology is fully compatible with the latest Windows operating system and Internet browser.

San Ramon, CA – January 7, 2014 – INSZoom.com, Inc., the world’s leading immigration case management and compliance company, announced today that its cloud-based immigration case management software is fully compatible with the latest Microsoft operating system, Windows 8.1, and Internet Explorer version 11. INSZoom has conducted extensive compatibility tests of its leading immigration compliance software on Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11 to ensure its clients get full and seamless access to the tools they depend upon to manage digital immigration regardless of their operating system.

“Our clients are a multi-varied group. Some will choose to upgrade to Windows 8.1 right away, while others will wait until it becomes the new standard,” said Umesh Vaidyamath, CEO, INSZoom. “As a leader in immigration technology software, INSZoom has ensured that our solutions are fully compatible now so that our clients can rest assured when they do choose to upgrade to the new operating system.”

Windows 8.1 was first made available to the general public on October 17, 2013. Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 was released on that same day; the Internet browser was released for Windows 7 on November 7, 2013. Adoption of these new updates is starting to pick up steam, with early adopters upgrading their systems at a steady pace. INSZoom’s immigration compliance program’s full compatibility with these systems ensures that its early adopter clients have everything they need to upgrade to the latest operating system.

As the leader in immigration technology software, INSZoom dedicates expansive resources to ensure its software solutions are always updated and upgraded. In late October 2013, INSZoom introduced a series of new features to help its clients manage immigration just after the government shutdown ended. In May 2013, it introduced new 2D barcode technology into its case management system. The company was the first to offer a cloud-based immigration case management system and continues to lead the industry in innovation and responsiveness.

About INSZoom: INSZoom Inc., is the world’s largest immigration software company, with offices in San Ramon, CA, US; London, UK; and Bangalore, India. Founded in 1999, the company helps corporations, enterprises, law firms, and consultants better manage case initiation, workflow, management, I-9 Compliance and E-Verify. As a Microsoft Certified partner, INSZoom provides clients with leading-edge technology, flexible platforms, and superior compliancy management tools. For more information, please contact press@localhost.

By Amber Easton

Earlier this year I travelled to beautiful Costa Rica with six of my family members from Canada. While planning for the trip, I double checked the document requirements for entry into Costa Rica and confirmed all that was required was our Canadian Passports. We were all set to go! Excited and eagerly anticipating the warm Costa Rican sun, we rushed to the airport with passports in hand.

After a week of amazing fun in the sun and quality time with family, we loaded into the cars and headed back to the airport for our journey home. All of my family members were returning to Canada and I was returning to the United States, where I have lived for the past 10 years. As I approached the counter to get my boarding pass, the airline employee politely asked for my passport and final destination. After learning I was a Canadian citizen landing in the U.S., she requested proof of my U.S. immigration status. Even before the words “immigration status” came out of her mouth…dread set in. I immediately realized I made a huge mistake and forgot my U.S. Permanent Resident Card (“Greencard”) at home.

What followed was something our family will never forget. I was not allowed to board the plane and my entire family had to leave me behind in Costa Rica. In order to get back into the United States, I would be required to travel to the U.S. Consulate (6 hours away) and obtain necessary written documentation permitting me to re-enter the United States. The entire process took nearly a week to sort out.

My experience in Costa Rica was a tough and expensive lesson. It was an important reminder of how critical is to always carry the right travel documentation – not only for entry into your destination country, but also for re-entry into the United States. Many foreign nationals will be traveling abroad this holiday season. In the hustle and bustle of it all, it can be easy to forget important details.

As a reminder, non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to consult with their immigration attorney prior to international travel. We also encourage you to review the list of basic documents that are required for entry to the U.S. http://www.dhs.gov/crossing-us-borders. If you require a visa, appointment scheduling and visa issuance times can be checked online at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html.

Don’t forget your documents! Happy Travels!

INSZoom’s annual user conference – ZoomPower 2017 is scheduled for January 19-20, 2017 in San Ramon (San Francisco Bay Area), California.

San Ramon, California – INSZoom.com Inc. announces ZoomPower 2017 – the annual user conference.

INSZoom’s annual user conference – ZoomPower 2017, is scheduled for January 19 and 20, 2017 in the beautiful city of San Ramon amidst the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

“Our annual user conference is designed for our customers and will empower them to learn, network and have fun,” said Umesh Vaidyamath, CEO and Founder of INSZoom.com Inc. “The highlight of the conference is the hands-on training we offer to our customers where they can implement their learning on the spot, working directly with Zoom consultants. They can then execute the same knowledge in their daily practice of INSZoom.”

ZoomPower 2017 will be held at the Roundhouse Market and Conference Center in San Ramon, California. The conference is all set to offer two high-energy days of learning, networking and fun. Attendees will receive hands-on training, learn from industry best practices, utilize INSZoom to their best advantage, exchange ideas with other INSZoom customers and discover what INSZoom has planned for the next year through their product roadmap. “I went into the conference not feeling like a “power user” but came out feeling as if I had a greater knowledge and understanding of INSZoom,” stated April Peck, Senior Immigration Paralegal at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP who attended the user conference last year. She further added, “I also learned how other firms and users were utilizing INSZoom to make their practices more efficient and we have implemented some of their ideas and practices into our daily practice.”

ZoomPower 2017 is a great conference to help INSZoom customers increase their efficiency with INSZoom and maximize profitability. Users can take back learnings from the conference and greatly improve their firm’s immigration case management processes by making it more efficient, productive and better utilize the INSZoom immigration case management software.

ZoomPower 2017 is planned by keeping the users in the center. The conference will prepare the attendees to make the most out of INSZoom, explore features they never have and utilize them to maximize results from their immigration case management processes with INSZoom. Register for the conference here ZoomPowerRegister

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About INSZoom: INSZoom, Inc. (http://localhost/inszoom), is the world’s largest immigration software company, with offices in San Ramon, CA, USA and Bangalore, India. Founded in 1999, the company provides immigration case management solutions for immigration lawyers, corporations, universities, healthcare organizations, non-profit groups, enterprises, law firms, and immigration consultants. As a Microsoft Certified partner, INSZoom provides a comprehensive platform that allows clients to share and process valuable information online, process immigration applications quickly and stay compliant while doing so. For more information, please contact pr@localhost.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada continues to introduce new technologies to streamline the processing of immigration cases. Introduction of barcodes in many of the widely used forms is an important step in that direction. INSZoom.com, Inc., the world’s leading immigration technology company, has updated its system and provides these forms with the barcode functionality.

When a user enters data on the form, the barcodes reflects this data. On submitting the forms to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, these barcodes are scanned and the data uploaded into their systems. INSZoom has updated the following barcoded forms in our immigration case management system.

  • Generic Application form for Canada (IMM0008E)
  • Application for Study Permit made outside of Canada (IMM1294E)
  • Application for Work Permit made outside of Canada (IMM1295E)
  • Application to Sponsor, Sponsorship Agreement and Undertaking (IMM1344E)
  • Application for Temporary Resident Visa (IMM5257E)
  • Application to Change Conditions, Extend my stay or Remain in Canada as a Visitor or Temporary Resident Permit Holder (IMM5708E)
  • Application to Change Conditions, Extend my stay or Remain in Canada as a Student (IMM5709E)
  • Application to Change Conditions, Extend my stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker (IMM5710E)

“INSZoom’s technology teams focus on making responsive updates to our immigration case management system, especially in cases in which Citizenship and Immigration Canada has made substantial upgrades or administrative changes,” said Umesh Vaidyamath – CEO – INSZoom. “We have updated our system to reflect these new barcoded forms to ensure our clients have access to the latest and most up-to-date forms within our system. INSZoom prides itself on providing as comprehensive assistance as possible to users of immigration forms, using technology to empower productivity.”

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