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Dear Editor:

Your comments pointing out the progressive steps being taken by Iowa regarding the recruitment of immigrants are quite interesting. Your observation that "[T]he bureaucratic complexities of exempting the state from the quotas or per-country limits on immigration are almost impossible to imagine" is an overstatement. I am an immigration attorney with a business and corporate immigration law practice in Northern New Jersey. One particular area of our practice is obtaining waivers for Foreign Medical Graduates ("FMG") on J-1 visas who are subject to Section 212(e) of the INA. Over the past decade we have seen a dramatic transformation in the legislation in this area of the immigration practice to the point where it now appears to be the case that if an FMG is willing to serve for 5 years in a Health Shortage Professional Area ("HPSA") or a Medically Underserved Area ("MUA"), then the INS may be willing to grant a waiver of the two year home residency requirement and grant the FMG a green card. Perhaps the Iowans can come up with a national template that could be designated as the "State 2000 program" (analogous to the CONRAD State 20 Program) and offer two thousand visas on an annual basis to "essential workers" (or others) who agree to work for a designated period of time, in a designated area of the State, in a State designated occupation. Is such a program so hard to imagine? This information is offered merely as an observation and does not necessarily represent the position/opinion of the firm.

David H. Nachman, Esq.
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.


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