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Lobbying

Lobbying is the practice of influencing decisions made by government. It includes all attempts to influence legislators and officials, whether by other legislators, constituents or organized groups

Immigration Voice and Lobbying

Immigration Voice has hired Patton Boggs, a top public affairs firm, to help us reach our goals. Patton Boggs brings a bipartisan, multi-disciplinary approach to helping clients tackle public affairs challenges. The firm’s government relations and communications professionals have a strong understanding of the White House, the U.S. Congress, Senate, Federal agencies, advocacy groups and the media. The firm and its members are consistently recognized as among Washington's most influential and effective by various publications.

Previous achievements

  1. September 18, 2007 : IV organizes lobby day. IV volunteers attend close to 125 meetings with lawmakers’ offices to lobby for congressional intervention
  2. CIR 2006: Manager's amendment : IV lobbies to ensure that this amendment contains favorable provisions for high-skilled immigrants

Immigration Voice Achievements

  1. 2008: Admin Fix campaign. 2 Year EAD announced by USCIS for all that have filed AOS.
     H.R.5882
     Title: To recapture employment-based immigrant visas lost to bureaucratic delays and to prevent losses of family- and employment-based immigrant visas in the future.
     Sponsor: Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] (introduced 4/23/2008)      Cosponsors (31)
     H.R.5921
     Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per country level for employment-based immigrants and to end the spill-over of unused immigrant visa numbers between employment-based and family-sponsored categories.
     Sponsor: Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] (introduced 4/29/2008)      Cosponsors (24)
     H.R.6039
     Title: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize certain aliens who have earned a master's or higher degree from a United States institution of higher education in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics to be admitted for permanent residence.
     Sponsor: Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] (introduced 5/13/2008)      Cosponsors (34)
  2. September 18, 2007
        1. DC Rally: Thousands of high-skilled immigrants march in the US Capital!
        2. Lobby day: IV volunteers attend close to 125 meetings with lawmakers’ offices to lobby for congressional intervention
        3. Paid Advertisement in the Roll Call- the newspaper that covers the Capitol Hill
        4. Media coverage: New York Times, Washington Post, Yahoo, BBC, OC Register, Business Week
        5.
  3. July 2007 Visa bulletin reversal
        1. IV breaks the good news!  
        2. Flower campaign
                                             i.      USCIS takes note of the flower campaign
                      ii.      Media coverage: Business Week, Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, Others, Video coverage
        3. San Jose Rally
                                                 i.     Media coverage: Business Week
  3. CIR 2006: Manager's amendment
        1. IV lobbies to ensure that this amendment contains favorable provisions for high-skilled immigrants
        2. The amendment was PASSED, although the bill itself did not survive
  4. Access to lawmakers
        1. IV is in close contact with Hon. Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s office on several issues related to Employment Based Immigration
        2. IV closely worked with Hon. Rep. Zoe Lofgren who played an instrumental role in bringing about reversal of July Visa Bulletin
  5. Contact with USCIS.  IV was the first one to bring news of the July 2007 Visa Bulletin reversal
  6. IV Spokesperson invited to conference at top US University
  7. Only organization FOR high-skilled immigrants BY high skilled immigrants
        1. Most visited site by high-skilled immigrants in the
        2. Number of registered members has risen from 50 to 25000 in less than 2 years! The following are approximate figures:
                                              i.      1/2006: 60
                                              ii.      2/2006: 600
                                              iii.      7/2006: 4500
                                              iv.      1/2007: 7500
                                               v.      7/2007: 15000
                                               vi.    8/2007: 20000
                                               vii.  11/2007: 25000
                                               viii.  07/2008: 30000

Links

  1. Lobbying And The Law
  1. http://immigrationvoice.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5&Itemid=47
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