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Immigration Daily April 3, 2009
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Microsoft Defends H-1B

Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith defended the company's hiring of H-1B workers. "While the number of visa holders is very small compared to the U.S. workforce, their contribution is huge. For example, last year 35 percent of Microsoft's patent applications in the U.S. came from new inventions by visa and green card holders. The situation at other U.S. technology leaders is probably very similar. And a recent study found that for every H-1B position requested, U.S. technology companies increase their employment by 5 new jobs."

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The Nurse Immigration Book

The table of contents of this definitive work edited by Joseph Curran and Daniel Berger is as follows:

I. FOREWORD: Why A Nurse Immigration Book? By William Stock


  • H-1 Visas For Nurses By Greg Siskind and Esther Fridman
  • TN Status For Nurses By Christopher Wendt
  • Practice Pointers for Presenting TN Applications By Leslie Holman
  • An Outline Of A Typical Nurse Case, Including Consular Processing By Joseph Curran
  • Adjustment Of Status For Professional Nurses By Sylvia Boecker
  • Building International Bridges By Commission On Graduates Of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International)
  • Tips For Staffing Companies In Planning Their Posting Strategies By Ronald Nair
  • Licensure: US State Licenses For International Nurses By Patrick Curran
  • Immigration Basics For Allied Professional Healthcare Workers By Christopher Musillo
  • Managing Or Achieving Expectations: The Key To Success By Michael Hammond
  • Global Issues In Nurse Recruitment By Joseph Curran
  • The Nurse Shortage: Why It Matters By Carl Shusterman
  • Deadly Consequences: The Hidden Impact Of Americas Nursing Shortage By Stuart Anderson
  • Aiding And Abetting - Nursing Crises At Home And Abroad By Sreekanth Chagaturu and Snigdha Vallabhaneni
  • US Visa Policy Competition For International Scholars, Scientists And Skilled Workers By Phyllis Farrell Norman
  • Better Late Than Never: Workforce Supply Implications Of Later Entry Into Nursing By David Auerbach, Peter Buerhaus and Douglas Staiger
  • The Business Of Nurse Immigration By Mireille Kingma
  • Recruitment Of Workers In The Philippines: Playing Ball With The POEA By Ronald Nair
  • Successful International Nurse Recruiting By C. Philip Slaton
  • Nurse Assimilation By Yvette Mooney
  • Hospitals' Responses To Nurse Staffing Shortages By Jessica May, Gloria Bazzoli and Anneliese Gerland
  • Nurse Perspectives Of The Migration Experience By Mariah Rutherford-Olds
V. AFTERWORD: Musings After 2 Decades In Nurse Immigration By James David Acoba

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Bloggings on Updates in Immigration Law
Carl Shusterman writes "The failure of the USCIS to follow immigration laws and regulations is having a damaging effect on U.S. employers and patients alike."

Bloggings on Nurse Immigration
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group writes "As blog readers are aware, in the last few weeks, the USCIS has denied several physical therapist and occupational therapist cases for H-1b visa petitioners."

Immigrants Of The Day: Miguel Blas-Matus of Mexico, Yulkendy Valdez of Dominican Republic, and Jorge Muoz of Colombia
Kevin R. Johnson writes "Our Immigrant of the Day is Miguel Blas-Matus who grew up with seven siblings in a one-room, dirt-floor house in his homeland of Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico."

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USCIS Publishes QAs On Cap Gap
USCIS published QAs addressing the automatic extension of F-1 student status in the US for certain students with pending or approved H-1B petitions for an employment start date of October 1, 2009 under the FY 2010 H-1B cap.

Federal Reserve And USCIS Publish EAWA FAQs
The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System And USCIS Published FAQs providing guidance on how the Employ American Workers Act (EAWA) applies to recipients of funding under section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act.

ICE Releases OPT Checklist
ICE released a checklist that is intended to serve as general guidance on the OPT application process.


Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
New Orleans, LA - Tulane University seeks a dynamic immigration professional for the position of Program Manager in the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). The Program Manager: ensures Tulane's compliance with US immigration regulations and procedures with regards to H-1B and TN visas; is principal contact for the hiring of Tulane int'l faculty and staff; ensures intl'l faculty/staff receive proper immigration documentation and understanding of US immigration procedures; assists with F-1 and J-1 visa processing; helps retain int'l students to successfully complete academic course of study through programming. Requirements include: bachelor's degree and 2+ years int'l education experience at college level or equivalent. Salary is $34,080-$43,000/yr, depending on experience. To view full job details (scroll down to Manager, Program) and to apply visit here (refer to job listing #102583).

Case Management Technology
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New DREAM Act And Undocumented Students In US
Last week, the latest version of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act was introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Judge Dismisses Antitrust Suit Against Fragomen
On Tuesday a Manhattan federal district court judge dismissed the suit before discovery.

Obama's Aunt Can Stay In US Through 2010
Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt can legally remain in the United States until an immigration hearing in February when a judge will consider her latest argument for not being deported back to Africa.

Delay In Immigration Raids May Signal Policy Change
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks.


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Immigration Event - New York, NY
April 23 - The New School presents a debate "Intelligent Immigration Reform: A Real-World Legislative Approach", speakers: Senator Charles Schumer, Michael Aytes, Tamar Jacoby, Mark Krikorian, Marshall Fitz, Jeffrey Passel and Bob Kerrey. 6-7:30pm. For more info and to rsvp see:


Readers can share comments, email: (up to 300-words). Past correspondence is available in our archives

Dear Editor:
David Murray's letter (04/02/09 ID) misunderstood what my letter (04/01/09 ID) was saying with regard to Domestic Violence incidents. I was not stating that abusers are never arrested what I was stating was that at least in Florida, a mere argument, verbal dispute or claim of abuse after the fact with no visible marks generally does not lead to an arrest. Unfortunately, there are sometimes false claims of abuse not only from immigrants but from citizens as well. In Florida generally an incident report will be written but no arrest will be made without some indication that the claim is real. The majority of women (and some men) that I have assisted in applying for benefits under VAWA have been from Central and South America, Haiti and Jamaica. Unfortunately in some of these countries domestic abuse is not considered a crime or is ignored by authorities. When the individuals come to the US they don't realize that there is help available and therefore find themselves living in fear. Unfortunately, I have submitted approximately 100 legitimate cases of abused spouses which shows me that this is a very real problem and it really bothers me when I hear someone state that the whole process is a sham. If there are women who do come to the US solely to apply for this type of benefit I have not encountered them. In addition, CIS does have a special unit of immigration officers who are trained to review these cases for merit.

Miranda Swanson

Dear Editor:
In the interest of full disclosure and particularly since David D. Murray's letter (04/01/09 ID) quoted it, I want to bring to readers' attention that Angelo Paparelli's blog is titled, "A public policy blog on our dysfunctional immigration system". Immigration Daily takes the liberty of renaming it "Bloggings on Dysfunctional Government" without informing its readership of the change.

Gregory W. Christian
Washington, DC

Editor's note: Angelo Paparelli's blog at is titled "Nation of Immigrators: A public policy blog on our dysfunctional immigration system." Angelo Paparelli's blog at is titled "Angelo Paparelli on Dysfunctional Government." The names of blogs on ILW.COM are designed to fit into one line in the right column on our homepage.

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