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Congress Acts On J1, P, H1C

In its dying hours, the 109th Congress threw a few benefit crumbs to a nation sorely in need of major immigration benefit relief:

  • The Conrad 30 program for J1s was extended by 2 years (thru to Jun 30, 2008, see text below)
  • Minor League athletes will now be able to use the P classification instead of the more onerous H2B (see article by Greg Siskind below)
  • The H-1C category was re-authorized for 3 years (see bill text below)
A last minute effort by the two Texas Republican senators - Sen. Cornyn to increase the H1B cap and by Sen. Hutchinson to recapture tens of thousands of permanent EB numbers for nurses - failed due to obstruction by the House Republican leadership and Sen. Sessions, Republican of Alabama. Apparently, Sen. Sessions is willing to take on the technology industry and tens of thousands of immigrant tech workers instead of standing up to the small number of anti-immigrationists in Alabama.

An orchestrated effort on the pro-immigration side managed to flood Congressional offices with phone calls, indeed Sen. Sessions's phone lines were reportedly jammed for much of the evening. This effort was largely the result of immigrant tech workers on, and was not coordinated in any way with the organized lobbying effort by the technology industry. Given the near-success of each of these efforts, one wonders whether a coordinated effort may have succeeded in turning the tide.

The baton passes to the Democratic party leadership for the 110th Congress on January 4th 2007. On the Senate side, the Democratic leadership has declared immigration to be a priority. On the House side, however, the Democratic leadership, perhaps in the aftermath of the fierce inter-necine struggle for Majority leader, has not even yet succeeded in naming a chain of command for immigration - the chairmanship of the immigration committee has still not been finalized. Worse, the leading contender (Rep. Loefgren of California) may have to begin from scratch, frittering away the valuable December weeks in hiring a staff, rather than putting together a bill for introduction in the first week of January.

We urge all members of Congress to enact large-scale immigration benefit legislation in the first weeks of the 110th Congress."

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Deadline For Dependent Employer Issues Is Tues, Dec. 12

The curriculum for the Phone Session on Dec 14, 2006 of the "Technology Immigration: Update From The Trenches" seminar is as follows:

Issues Important to H1-B Dependant Employers:

  • H1 Dependency Issues
    • Exemptions
  • L1Bs Special Requirements as to Control and Specialized Knowledge
  • Change of Work Site and Change of Employer
  • Permanent Residence-Work in More Than One Location
  • Portability Requirements for Delayed Applications for Permanent Residence
The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, December 12th. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: (Fax version:


Legislative Breaking News: H-2B And P-1 Visa Categories
Gregory Siskind writes "In the final hours of the 109th Congress, the House passed S.3821, a bill concerning H-2B and P-1 athletes and entertainers that passed in the Senate a day before."


Text Of H.R. 4997, J-1 Extension Bill
We present the entire text of bill H.R. 4997, as reported in the House, extending the Conrad 30 program for J-1s. The enrolled version of H.R. 4997 will appear in Immigration Daily when it becomes available.

Text Of S.3821, Athletes And Entertainers
We present the entire text of bill S.3821, engrossed as agreed to or passed by the Senate, easing entry for minor league athletes and professional ice skaters. The enrolled version of S.3821 will appear in Immigration Daily when it becomes available.

Text Of Enrolled Version H.R. 1285, Nurses
We present the entire text of enrolled version, as passed by both the House and the Senate, H.R. 1285, Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Reauthorization Act of 2005.


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Law Firm Name Change - Irvine, CA
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Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
It is most unfortunate that Diversity Visa (DV) was created in 1990. Since its inception it is believed to have been misused. Some winners of this program are said to have been successful in being issued this visa by submitting fake educational certificates. It is known to all that as soon as the DV winners touch the US soil, they begin to be burden on the tax payers' shoulder. Its winners and their family members are enjoying education and health benefits without having contributed anything to the US and the US people. The US is already a cosmopolitan country now, and at present it has good representations from almost all the countries of the world. The necessity of the DV Lottery program has already been reduced to zero. It should be immediately abrogated. Surprisingly, the DV system is still continuing. But, Congress does not seem to be taking any actions on abolition of DV. Very recently in a country of South Asia, a few hundreds of persons are rejected DV on the grounds that their documents are found fake. Now they have been gathering in front of American Embassy for four days and protesting against the US's decisions. On top of that, they are demanding compensation for their loss of money and time. This is not a good thing. Now the Embassy unnecessarily has to face this problem. In view of the above facts this DV should be immediately abolished.

S. Salike

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