The "L" Under Fire
The Chairman of the House Committee on International Relations, Henry J. Hyde, held an oversight hearing on L visas on Wednesday, February 4th. The hearing was entitled, "Losing Jobs Through Laissez-Faire Policies?" In his "background" for this hearing, Rep. Hyde says, "A growing number of critics assert that the L-Visa program is wrought with abuse and fraud ... Of particular concern is whether or not corporations are given an unfair advantage over domestic businesses by enabling them to recruit and bring to the U.S. lower-cost foreign labor and creating a cross-border "sweatshop."
There is little doubt that this hearing was a ploy by Rep. Hyde to malign and hurt the L visa program, which would hurt many corporations including those for whom his constitutents work for. We trust that this hearing does not presage a time where immigration policy will be made in the committee on International Relations instead of the House Sub-Committee on Immigration. We trust that good sense will yet prevail in this matter in Congress.
Curriculum For "By Air, Land And Sea - When The POE Becomes A Brick Wall" - Registration Deadline Is Tuesday, February 10th
The curriculum for the February session of "By Air, Land And Sea - When The
POE Becomes A Brick Wall" is as follows:
Third Phone Session on February 12: "My Friend Has An 'Interesting' Case
And He Can't Seem To Get Back Into The U.S." Problems Which May Keep People
- Impediments to Entry
- Failing to Register Under NSEERS
- Procedure and proof of NSEER registration
- Where and how to leave the U.S.
- Where and how to register upon return
- Abandonment of LAPR
- Last Action Rule
- Travel ability of 'Ported' aliens
Returning while 'EOS' & 'COS' are pending
Data sharing between DOS & USCIS
C & D Visa Entries
PFI Inspections - Problems unique to PFI's
Seizures and Forfeitures
Technology alert list (TAL)
Use of FOIA
Section 110 - Integrated Entry/Exit System - Biometrics
- Returning while 'EOS' & 'COS' are pending
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Immigration Law News
Time Spent Cooking Insufficient To Establish Full-Time Domestic Cook Position
In the Matter of Hollen Ivonne Smith, No. 2002-INA-275 (BALCA, Jan. 22, 2004), the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said that Employer mischaracterized the domestic cook position because Employer's elaborate description of the meals prepared by the worker did not hide the fact that the duties were not significant enough to account for full-time employment.
USCIS Employer Bulletin Information On Hiring Foreign Nurses
The Office of Business Liaison of the USCIS released an employer information bulletin on how to hire foreign nurses.
Where Do Candidates Stand On Immigration?
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USCIS Immigration Fee Increase Proposal Draws Protest
The San Francisco Chronicle reports "San Francisco immigration attorney Marc Van Der Hout said the breakup of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service last March was supposed to create separate agencies for border enforcement and immigrant services - and give them equal standing."
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