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Deadline For PERM Seminar Is Thursday, January 6th
The deadline to sign up for our PERM seminar led by Angelo Paparelli is Thursday, January 6th. For more info, detailed
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Feminist Argument For H-4B Work Visas
Rob Sanchez writes "If we accept the fact that empowering these Asian women to work would reduce spousal abuse, then isn't it equally valid to say that the native born American women that will be displaced by this new expansion of our workforce will suffer an increase in abuse?"
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USCIS Announces H2B Cap Is Reached
The USCIS announced today that it has received enough H-2B petitions to meet this year's congressionally mandated cap of 66,000 new workers. After January 3, 2005, USCIS will not accept any new H-2B petitions subject to the FY 2005 annual cap.
Yates Memo On Visa Retrogression
William R. Yates, USCIS Associate Director of Operations, issued a memo to regional, service center, district, and national benefit center directors on: (1) regression of E31 and E32 Visa Numbers for applicants from mainland China, India, and the Philippines and (2) Rescission of March 31, 2004 Policy Memo re: Concurrent Adjudication of Concurrently Filed Form I-140s and Form I-485s.
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I believe "anti-free movement of workers" Chucky's letter (1/4/05 ID) is too optimistic in his reading of the PERM regulation. First of all, the U.S. government has never got anything significant done in "one or two months." This is true for U.S. citizens so you can imagine when applied to foreigners. Second, currently the labor certification process is taking up to four or five years, just for the DOL stage, not the "one or two" he optimistically portraits. Third, people coming on tourist visas are prevented from changing to immigrant status through employment. Finally, this is no means of achieving an amnesty because it does not help anyone unlawfully present in the country. In sum, PERM may mean more business for lawyers but I do not think it will significantly improve the freedom of movement for workers. An employer-independent work permit will be the real deal because it will allow workers to be free agents with equal bargaining power.
Chucky (1/04/05 ID) needs to read the actual PERM regulations before making bogus claims
like "This new system will allow foreigners to obtain labor certification approvals wihtin [sic] 1-2 months versus the 1-2 years it previously took...This can all be done during the time they are here on just a tourist visa". DOL clearly states that PERM applications can only be filed by employers, and they must be bona-fide employers with no financial or familial obligations
to the alien. Neither of Chucky's feared scenarios have any connection to the processing of labor certifications under PERM in the real world.
I couldn't print pages 1,2,102-322. Everything comes up black. Please help.
Editor's Note: The file was a large (4MB+) file which may have been part of the problem. Also, pdf files opened through browsers sometimes cause a freeze-up which usually clears up after a reboot. Try the Federal Register copy, available as an item in the December 28, 2004 Immigration Daily issue which is a smaller file (total 97 pps.) and may not create a problem in downloading.
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Susan M. Lyndon has stepped down as The Immigrant Legal Resource Center's Executive Director due to Huntington disease, effective December 2004. Susan Lyndon served the Immigrant Legal Resource Center for 15 years. Bill Hing, former Executive Director will serve as acting Executive Director until a replacement search has been completed.
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