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The H-1B cap has been hit in less than a day. Who is subject to the quota? How do you get around it? This week I discuss strategies for working around the mess that Congress keeps ducking.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association is reporting that it's informal survey of courier services indicates as many as 200,000 H-1B applications may have been received yesterday. While this figure may not be accurate and while many of the applications may have been for cap-exempt and master's quota cases, the news is still shocking. It also means that many people who think they're starting work on October 1st could be sorely disappointed. The pressure on Congress to fix this will no doubt be increased if this news is, in fact, true.
April 01, 2007
Texas Employers for Immigration Reform is running this very effective commercial in the Lonestar State. It's message is simple and compelling: Americans should support immigration reform not because immigrants have a right to be here (whether you think that is true or not, it's a message that will fall on deaf ears), but because it's in the best interests of Americans.
OK, I saw this last year during the immigration protests, but recently ran across it again on YouTube and had a good laugh. Warning: There's plenty in here bound to offend the most hardcore pro and anti immigration folks.
March 30, 2007
Well, our H-1B cases are now in the hands of Fedex. Happily, we have a good relationship with Wendell, the Fedex guy who made a special trip to our office at 9 pm and carted off our applications. Now we wait. Fedex never did get back with me to explain whether they could handle the load, particularly in Vermont where presumably they don't have the same kind of infrastructure in place as California. But they are Fedex, after all. The emails have piled up this week so I now begin catching up.
I'm actually hoping the cap is hit in the first day. The cap will no doubt be hit quickly this year, but being hit in one day will provide some drama on which the media will hopefully focus. I've written a newspaper op-ed piece that should publish on the day the cap is hit that will lay out the case for expanding the H-1B program. Not positive of the details yet, but will link from here when it runs.
This is the premiere of the Visalaw Podcast. I'll be discussing immigration reform in Congress and giving my analysis on proposed legislation. I'm new to this form of communicating so please forgive me if I don't sound so polished. Be kind in the comments.
March 29, 2007
We have known for a few weeks that back channel meetings have been happening between the White House and congressional Republicans. The goal has ostensibly been to come to agreement on a uniform position. Now the White House has gone public with some of the details. The AP and the
Los Angeles Times report.
March 27, 2007
The Onion tells us about the human cost of Mexicans.
If this weren't from the hilarious folks at the Onion,
you might just think you were watching our friends at CNN.
Between giving five speeches last week (two out of town at the ABA Techshow in Chicago), trying to keep up with the H-1B tidal wave, getting our weekly 30+ page newsletter out and then trying to summarize the 700 page STRIVE Act, it's a wonder my kids even recognize me. I'm a little bleary-eyed right now, but seem to have survived. In my next post which I'm about to load, you'll see the fruits of my labor on summarizing the legislation. All I know is I need the H-1B cap to be hit and Congress to take its Easter recess just to get caught up on my sleep.
March 22, 2007
DHS to locate headquarters in a loony bin? Tis true.
March 20, 2007
Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) will introduce their comprehensive immigration reform bill this Thursday in the US House of Representatives. The bills is to be called The STRIVE ACTof 2007 (Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007). I'll be preparing my section by section summary as soon as I get the text.
Sources are telling me that procedures at the Vermont and California Service Centers could spell trouble when the regional service centers get tens of thousands - some estimate 100,000 - H-1B applications on April 2nd. Courier services apparently are not allowed to deliver packages directly to the RSCs and USCIS picks up applications with their own truck and hauls them back to the RSC for processing. Apparently this process alone seriously delays the counting and many people are likely to continue applying even after USCIS has well in excess of the acceptable number of applications. I've contacted Federal Express' press folks to see if they have any advisories and am awaiting information to pass on to you.
March 20, 2007
Someone has been nice enough to forward me a rather interesting email regarding a big fight over a web design bill. The email refers to various firings and is consistent with reports in various media publications about major internal financial problems at the anti-immigrant organization.Enjoy.
March 12, 2007
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Greg Siskind, Esq. is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.