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Can IV try for a Bridge Legislation ...................

Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Bridge Legislation Update

HLG is still actively seeking Bridge Legislation. The purpose of the bridge is to provide a short-term fix to the current retrogression problem for Schedule A occupations. As many readers are aware we are one of the founding members of the Coalition to Improve Healthcare Staffing. The CTIHS is pleased to announce that in June it retained two prominent Washington lobbyists and consultants. The lobbyists are working 24/7, along with the AHA, to seek this goal.

If any immigration attorneys and/or healthcare stakeholders wish to participate in this effort and contribute funds to the effort, they should contact Chris Musillo (cmusillo@hammondlawfirm.com).

The biggest hurdle we have right now is general “immigration malaise” in Congress; no one wants to talk immigration at this point. Congress is on a short break for the American Independence Day. Many of the staffing companies and hospitals that make up the CTIHS have meetings set up with their Congressmen and Senators this week.
Lobbyists are working 24/7. Are you kidding me?

My ideal solution for this is to make this a hot button issue in the media and then try for legislation to recapture visa numbers and allow forwarding of visa numbers. That will help us go a long way.
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http://digg.com/politics/No_July_4th..._Americans/who

got 156 so far..

We need more then this..
Dugg 159

http://digg.com/politics/No_July_4th..._Americans/who
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My ideal solution for this is to make this a hot button issue in the media and then try for legislation to recapture visa numbers and allow forwarding of visa numbers. That will help us go a long way.
Will it be possible to get emergency legislation to capture unused EB numbers for the past several years????

Is it possible to escape the radars of the likes of Durbin & Sanders?
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Pleeeeeeeeease blog at Employment Based (EB) Skilled Immigration Applicants

Please put details. 1 liners will not cut it!
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Were you kidding????

No, really.... ?

Thanks for asking anyways. The "content" is covered by Creative Commons license.
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http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/...ap3879453.html

Legal immigrants hoping to be first in line for employer-sponsored green cards lost time and money when the government suddenly announced Monday that no new applications would be taken until the fall, a lawyers group said.

Tens of thousands of people who work in the United States under employment visas and their families were affected by the change, said Crystal Williams, associate director for programs at the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

"There are people who flew to the United States so they could apply and had their families fly back. They paid attorney fees," Williams said.

The State Department announced last month that employment visa numbers were available for all people seeking employer-sponsored green cards, except unskilled workers. It sometimes takes years for applicants to get those numbers.

The announcement meant that as early as Monday, Citizenship and Immigration Services would begin accepting applications. The applications are hefty, requiring medical exams, a lot of documentation and the applicant's presence in the United States.

But an update on the State Department Web site posted Monday said 60,000 such numbers were no longer available because of "the sudden backlog reduction efforts by Citizenship and Immigration Services offices during the past month."

The department called the backlog reduction an "unexpected action" and said employment visa numbers would be available again Oct. 1.

The State Department has been flooded with passport applications since new rules went into effect in January requiring passports for air travelers returning from the same destinations. The resulting backlog has caused delays of up to three months for passports and ruined or delayed the travel plans of thousands of people.

A spokesman at the State Department declined to comment.

Williams said several workers within Citizenship and Immigration Services told her and other lawyers that the agency had staffers working through the weekend to resolve pending cases. She said several lawyers reported getting phone calls from the agency with questions about applications when normally that happens by mail.

Chris Rhatigan, spokeswoman for Citizenship and Immigration Services, denied the weekend work occurred or that there was a push to use up the visa numbers. She said the agency had pending cases from previous months.

The fee to apply for a green card increases July 30 from $395 to $1,010, including a fingerprinting fee.
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Will it be possible to get emergency legislation to capture unused EB numbers for the past several years????

Is it possible to escape the radars of the likes of Durbin & Sanders?
No, it will not be possible to escape the radars of Durbin, Grassley or Sanders. The key is to get support from people like Kennedy. I know it is very difficult because kennedy is very pissed off with the failure of CIR. Kennedy will only consider this, if this really becomes a full blown issue beyond a certain magnitude. Then we have people like Hagel, Lieberman, Cornyn, cantwell who supported bigger amendments than this. It is a matter of making this a bigger/biggest issue related with USCIS and immigration.
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I am trying an outline for sending to media + lawmakers + ...

The following is a very rough draft without reading some of the letters posted in the thread. I will read the posts tomorrow and polish it by tomorrow evening. I will need everyone's input since I don't know all the issues.

What happened
  • USCIS announced at the time the forms were due.
  • Applicants started filling forms 2-3 weeks before July 2.
  • Applicants changed their schedules to submit forms.
Advantages of EAD + AP
Don't know all!
  • Travel without visa -> saves Embassy overhead.
  • Spouse can work.
  • Can switch job.
Why does it hurt
  • Medical will not be valid after 1 year.
  • Fees more then doubling
  • Name checking (which can take 1+ year) done in parallel with waiting for GC #.
  • Load balancing for USCIS.
  • USCIS which is supported 90% by application fee needs to care for applicants.
  • Very little chance of legislative relief for a looong time.
Excellent,

I am planning to come up with a format for calling key senators and congress men on Thursday morning. Lets do this. Mean while please keep digging and blogging.
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Please give input to Mecaca on this so he can come with good template that we can use to send email to reporters..

Every one please give your thoughts/input on this.



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I am trying an outline for sending to media + lawmakers + ...

The following is a very rough draft without reading some of the letters posted in the thread. I will read the posts tomorrow and polish it by tomorrow evening. I will need everyone's input since I don't know all the issues.

What happened
  • USCIS announced at the time the forms were due.
  • Applicants started filling forms 2-3 weeks before July 2.
  • Applicants changed their schedules to submit forms.
Advantages of EAD + AP
Don't know all!
  • Travel without visa -> saves Embassy overhead.
  • Spouse can work.
  • Can switch job.
Why does it hurt
  • Medical will not be valid after 1 year.
  • Rejected June filers can not file.
  • June filers did not file because they thought they will file in July.
  • Fees more then doubling
  • Name checking (which can take 1+ year) done in parallel with waiting for GC #.
  • Load balancing for USCIS.
  • USCIS which is supported 90% by application fee needs to care for applicants.
  • Very little chance of legislative relief for a looong time.
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We should ask Congress to postpone the July 30th fee increase while it studies how USCIS can function year round with the same efficiency that it showed in the last two weeks of June.
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This is strickly media drive thread.. please only post related to media drive..

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We should ask Congress to postpone the July 30th fee increase while it studies how USCIS can function year round with the same efficiency that it showed in the last two weeks of June.
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http://immigrationvoice.org/forum/sh...8755#post98755


Immigration Voice encourages all members to help AILF/AILA's potential lawsuit by joining them as plaintiffs and contribute funds to Immigration Voice. We will actively help AILF or other organizations in this lawsuit to force USCIS/DOS to compensate for :

1. Financial and other damages caused due to manipulation of Visa bulletins out of order.
2. Violation of federal regulations and precedents.

A victory in such a potential lawsuit could in effect may either force USCIS to accept the 485 petitions in July and accept the ones it may deny/return in July.

The outcome of lawsuit cannot be guaranteed but USCIS and DOS are certainly facing a tough fight from us as well as from AILA and like minded organizations.

Please contribute funds as Immigration Voice would need funds to finance an expensive lawsuit against USCIS/DOS should it decide to actively participate in a class action lawsuit.
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This is strickly media drive thread.. please only post related to media drive..

Thanks..
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this one time pls allow us to post contribution thread here..
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