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Immigrant's Weekly October 23, 2000
Arthur L. Zabenko, Editor
Nina Manchanda, Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Chat Transcripts Editor
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RECIPE OF THE WEEK: A Bunch of Carrots

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," and H.R. 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.

Duplication 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 forms page.

Older 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 was needed.

A Bunch of Carrots

Immigrant's Weekly has launched a new feature - Recipe of the Week. It is an opportunity for you to share your favorite recipes with other visitors to the site. Do you have a favorite dish you prepare to remind you of your home country when you are feeling particularly stressed or homesick? Have you found a new favorite dish in your new land? What substitutes have you used for ingredients you could not find? Submit your recipes to Each week we'll bring you the most taste-tempting, mouth-watering recipes we receive.

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This Week's Chat Schedule:
When Attorney
Mon, Oct 23
9:00 pm Eastern Time
Edward Shulman, Esq. and
Daniel Weiss, Esq.
Thu, Oct 26
9:00 pm Eastern Time
Mitch Berenson, Esq.

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