Weekly October 23, 2000
Arthur L. Zabenko, Editor
Nina Manchanda, Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Chat Transcripts Editor
A Note from the Editors:
There were two big immigration
news items the week of October 16. President Clinton has
signed into law S.
2045, the American
Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act,"
5362, an Act to increase the fees charged to employers
who petition to employ H-1B non-immigrant workers. The
provision with the most immediate effect is section 105
which allows for greater portability of H-1Bs. It allows
someone who, before, on or after October 17, 2000, is
the beneficiary of a petition for change of H-1B employers
to start working for the new employer. H.R.
5362 increases the fee that goes to fund education
and training programs for US workers and to improve processing
of H-1B petitions from $500 to $1000. The fee increase
goes into effect two months from October 17, 2000.
The other big news item is the
resignation of Doris Meissner as Commissioner of
the INS. Ms. Meissner has been the head of the INS for
the past seven years. During that time there have been
huge increases in almost everything at the INS - the
number of employees, the budget and waiting times. The
new commissioner will face huge challenges and huge
opportunities to make improvements.
and Electronic Generation of Forms
The INS has eliminated the requirement that downloaded
forms be printed on the same color paper INS uses. It
is also no longer necessary to print them in a head-to-foot
format. You can download the forms from our ILW.COM
IT Professionals Struggle With Age Bias
Information Age reports on age bias in the high-tech
field. While many high-tech jobs go unfilled, some experienced
US workers struggle to find full-time employment. Not
everyone agrees that the increase in the number of H-1Bs
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