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Blogging: April 09, 2008

by Joel Stewart

Editor's note: Here are the latest entries from Joel Stewart's blog.

April 04, 2008

The New Form 9089

DOL has published the New Form 9089 in the Federal Register. I decided to take a look and see what's new, what's changed, what's better, and what, if anything, is worse.

However, in this blog entry, I would like to explain that by chance last week's blog was written just as the new Form 9089 was being released by DOL. Specifically, last week I was writing about the OMB Processing Time Statement, which says on the old form that it takes 1 1/4 hours to prepare and file a Form 9089 has been changed from 1 1/4 hours to 2 hours per response.

The form is now 17 pages, and the instructions are 23 pages. That's a total of 40 pages. Is two hours sufficient time? Senator Obama has stated that right now one out of every five adults in the United States can not read a simple story to their child, and that during the last twenty years or so, over ten million Americans reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level, and 34% of Americans have not reached a 4th Grade Reading Level.

It seems to me that if the OMB figures represent averages American skills, and not the high or low end, it would take well over the two hour OMB figure for an average American just to read the 40 page form and instructions, not to mention the task of gathering information, preparing and filling form itself.

Do you feel otherwise? If so, pease send your opinion to this Blog.

My next entry, which I promise to complete this weekend, will cover the changes on the new 9089 Form.

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About The Author

Joel Stewart works exclusively in the area of immigration law. Joel Stewart is the editor and author of THE PERM BOOK. He is Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a nationally recognized authority on employment-based immigration matters and a popular speaker at immigration seminars for national and local bar associations throughout the United States. Mr. Stewart has been writing the BALCA Case Summaries for AILA and Immigration Law Today since 1987 and authors official AILA articles and publications such as the Visa Processing Guide for Procedures at U.S. Consulates and Embassies in Brazil and Portugal. Mr. Stewart writes weekly newspaper columns for the Brazilian Times and the Brazilian Paper and presents a weekly radio program in Portuguese on Radio Brazil. He is a partner at the firm of Fowler-White-Burnett in Miami, Florida.

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