H1B And H2B Relief Coming
Congress has reconvened and is expected to pass the FY 2005 omnibus bill appropriations package very soon. This omnibus bill will likely contain provisions to provide relief for the H1B and H2B quotas. This congressional action will surely be welcomed by many in the immigration bar.
Unfortunately, the H-1B quota debate overlooks the actions of one pivotal party: middlemen. More importantly, it ignores the speculation engaged in by middlemen between US employers and H-1B professionals in response to an artificial quota. This speculation exacerbates the ill effects of an artificial quota (see today's Article for more).
For the last seven years, Congress has been dragged into the annual ritual of the H-1B quota fight. We believe that Congress is getting tired of this issue. The likely elimination of the H-1B cap for those with advanced degrees can be understood as the first step in Congress's plan to extricate itself from what has become a fruitless debate and let market forces have a greater say in this part of immigration policy. This augurs well for the sweeping immigration reform debate in the months ahead.
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Deadline Is Wednesday, November 17th - Nurse Immigration (In cooperation with CGFNS)
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FIRST Phone Session on November 18th: DOL Issues, USCIS Issues
SECOND Phone Session on December 13th: State Licensure Issues
- Dealing with Retrogression of EB3 numbers for India, China and the
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- Dealing with delays at USCIS and NVC
- Arbitrary requirements by USCIS
- Impact of DOL Transitional Guidance and PERM on Nursing occupations
THIRD Phone Session on January 13th: VisaScreen Issues, Consular Processing Issues
- Variations of state licensure of internationally-educated registered nurses
- Obtaining social security numbers
- Canadian nurse licensed by endorsement without NCLEX-RN
- License by endorsement state-to-state
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- Elements needed to obtain the VisaScreen Certificate
- Qualifications for a 212(r) Certified Statement
- Qualifications for the Streamline Process
- Provisional considerations for the Canadian Trade NAFTA registered nurse
- Current issues in Consular Processing of Nurses
The Stupidity Of The H1B Quota System
Xavier Augustin writes "Whether it has been for the import of Japanese cars or Indian programmers, import quotas have always been bad for the players in the US domestic industry, here is why."
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EOIR Releases Latest Disciplinary Actions
The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced its latest disciplinary proceedings: seven attorneys were immediately suspended; three received final orders.
"Forced" Abortion Does Not Require Physical Restraint
In Ding v. Ashcroft, No. 03-71013 (9th Cir. Nov. 8, 2004), the court said that "an asylum applicant seeking to prove he was subjected to a coercive family planning policy need not demonstrate that he was physically restrained during a forced procedure. Rather, "forced" was a much broader concept, which included compelling, obliging, or constraining by mental, moral, or circumstantial means, in addition to physical restraint."
DOS Clarifies Standards Of Custody For Passport Issuance To Minors
The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Department of State issued a clarification on passport issuance to minors.
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