Schedule A Crisis
The Department of State February Visa Bulletin indicates that the 50,000 Schedule A one-time carve-out for registered nurses and physical therapists has been depleted. Schedule A applications are now combined with all other EB-3 visa applications, currently retrogressed 5 years. Alleviating the Schedule A crisis is the leading short-term issue galvanizing The Coalition to Improve Healthcare Staffing. Founded by 75 employment immigration attorneys who concentrate their practice in healthcare employment immigration law, the coalition is focused on decreasing hospitals' dire nursing shortages. The coalition seeks to have the Brownback amendment passed or alternatively, persuade Congress to enact bridge legislation to end nurse retrogression. To learn more about the organization's advocacy efforts, including how to join, see here.
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Federal Register Notice On Proposed USCIS Fee Increase
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I agree with Cyrus Mehta's letter (ID 02/01/07) that there will continue to be space for all kinds of immigration practices to flourish and that small firms and sole practitioners will continue to play a vital role in the representation of immigration clients. This will be especially true because, for example, the fees I charge as a sole practitioner are generally substantially less than those charged by my large-firm colleagues, right here in the same community. I just don't have their overhead, and can afford to give my clients a price break, because my office is not on the eleventh floor of the Uppity Towers. Sadly, however, it is a fact that all too often, even my reasonable fees are undercut by half, or more, by "immigration consultants" who often pay lawyers, who know little or nothing about immigration law, a commission to merely sign their G-28, and who care little or nothing about their clients, or by lawyers who allow unqualified "immigration assistants" in their own offices prepare their cases without adequate lawyer supervision - a "form filling procedure", rather than a "legal analysis" approach to the practice of immigration law. Take for example, the $65 naturalization application, typed up by a $6.75 an hour clerk in what purports to be a law office in Alhambra. I believe the word is "caveat emptor" - let the buyer beware. If the price sounds too good to be true, while it may be true, it may not be worthy.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
Bravo to Robert Yang for his letter's forceful statement (02/01/07 ID) of the basic truth that there is no reason to raise immigration fees. It is just one more way to harass immigrants in this epoch of anti-immigrant madness and scapegoating known as the George W. Bush years. I would also like to offer a humble suggestion for increasing the USCIS budget so that the agency can provide better services to ordinary people who cannot afford the outrageous premium processing fees: Bring our troops home from Iraq and do it now. Once we stop throwing away hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of American lives (not to mention the lives of tens or possibly hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians who have died in the inferno our invasion has made of that country), lives which are being lost mainly in order to try to get a bigger piece of the Mideast action for US oil companies and more bases for our military, there will be plenty of money around to provide decent immigration services for everyone who needs them.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
As a person suffering many years in the green card line and not able to change jobs or get promoted, I think MB's letter (02/01/07 ID) is a very good idea. Why doesn't someone propose this to Congress?
French citizen struggling
What an excellent solution MB's letter proposes (02/01/07 ID). Not only is there no wage suppression with this solution, but also it guarantees that immigrant workers will be hired only if there is a true demand for their skills and if there are absolutely no American workers available, since no employer will be interested in undergoing sponsorship if they are to pay the same wages as to an American worker. Even if immigrants lower their wages to get hired initially, eventually with the freedom to change jobs they would always raise them, thus bringing equilibrium to the wage levels.
I also second Robert Yang's letter (02/01/07 ID) in feeling: USCIS operates so inefficiently for the money paid in fees per application that it would surely go bankrupt if it were privatized. An extension of MB letter's idea to Mr. Yang's letter would be to follow up these new work visas by being able to apply for them at a local center, much like a driver's license application. Only for background check should the FBI get involved. USCIS as well as DOL should be eliminated completely. A simple straightforward process, and rasie the fees in exchange for incresed efficiency. If only we could recover our money from the current system, sue for numerous errors in application processing, especially by DOL, and sue for opportunity costs assocaited with the endless wait times for green cards and visas. Perfect solution for all: employers, American employees, and immigrant employees. The only party adversely affected would be immigration attorneys, who would pretty much be out of business.
I found a 5:08 min. YouTube clip [enter "The immigration debate" in search box] which is funny and also anecdotal about immigration debate. This about how the Native Americans complained about the wave of "undocumented" white Europeans coming to their land. And they sang the same litany of complaints about jobs being taken, cultural changes, environmental damages etc. It's a kind of flashback that hopefully will remind us that all human beings should never treated like criminals just because they want to better themselves, trade freely whether they are goods, services or labor the get the best compensation anywhere in this planet. This planet practically had open borders centuries ago, if Native Americans had ICE or USCIS, "undocumented" white European immigrants wouldn't be here or hoping to an "amnesty" for entering their land illegally. If ones think their ancestors came here "legally" centuries ago, maybe they need to watch they clip and rethink about it again.
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