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  1. by   suzanne4
    Quote from lawrence01
    White House has new plan for immigration
    POSTED: 9:17 a.m. EDT, March 30, 2007

    Excerpts:

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House plan devised in weeks of closed-door meetings with Republican senators would grant work visas to undocumented immigrants but require them to return home and pay hefty fines to become legal U.S. residents.

    The draft immigration legislation is the first stab by the White House and Republican senators this year at addressing the presence of 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants living and working in the country and employers' reliance on illegal workers.

    The White House draft plan was circulating Thursday around Capitol Hill and among groups with an interest in immigration legislation after elements of it were leaked late Wednesday.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------

    "Offering illegal immigrants guaranteed long-term and legal status will send the wrong message to the millions of people around the world looking to come to the United States," said Rep. Brian Bilbray, a California Republican who heads the House Immigration Reform Caucus. The caucus supports tougher immigration laws.

    *Try to watch the videos to get a feel of the mix reactions of diff. politicians

    Click link for whole article:
    http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/....ap/index.html
    And the fee is $3500 for them, and they have to return home before they can get citizenship and that fee is $10,000. Family is also not able to join them. Bad idea, but it is also out of the Bush White House, he is trying to get something thru, but this in not the way to do it.

    And if you have noticed, all of these bills are coming out, but none are including nurses.
  2. by   lawrence01
    If I'm not mistaken, the way I understand it at least, the STRIVE Act w/c has a provision for a no visa cap for nurses until 2017 is the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill version from the House of Rep. or will be part of the final CIR Bill if there would be a compromise from the Senate version but there are perceived flaws on it and as is there are perceived flaws on Washington's proposal.

    Since the House and Washington already gave their proposals; only left is the Senate's version or counter proposal and if no one gives in or compromises then no fly for a CIR. Same as what happened last year.

    I think this is the reason why one senator proposed recently that immigration reform be fixed by piece-meal or by tranches as the issue regarding how to handle illegal immigrants seems to be pulling down the rest.

    Anyway, it seems to be turning out to be same thing happening as last year so the 90,000 visa recapture for the schedule A is more realistic at this point to solve retrogression for nurses and they are attaching it as just an amendment to a parent bill since it will not be subjected to long debates but it can be rejected as well just like what happened when they recently tried to attach it to the S. 4 Bill (Improving America's Security Act of 2007).
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Apr 1, '07
  3. by   florencenightingale
    How about being recruited by a hospital who is telling me that they can get me a special visa? Does this "special visa" really exist? I did not sign their contract simply because I have already signed one from another facility. I am just asking this for the sake of knowing the truth. Thanks
  4. by   lawrence01
    Quote from florencenightingale
    How about being recruited by a hospital who is telling me that they can get me a special visa? Does this "special visa" really exist? I did not sign their contract simply because I have already signed one from another facility. I am just asking this for the sake of knowing the truth. Thanks
    You may want to clarify w/ them what specific visa it is and I hope it's not the H1C visa or the H1B visa. You may do a bit of a search here and in the Phil. forum regarding those two visas, they are not really recommended above the green card.

    H1C visa thread: http://allnurses.com/forums/f235/h1-c-visas-213425.html

    Threads and posts re: H1B visas are all over the Int'l forum.
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Apr 1, '07
  5. by   florencenightingale
    Quote from lawrence01
    You may want to clarify w/ them what specific visa it is and I hope it's not the H1C visa or the H1B visa. You may do a bit of a search here and in the Phil. forum regarding those two visas, they are not really recommended above the green card.

    H1C visa thread: http://allnurses.com/forums/f235/h1-c-visas-213425.html

    Threads and posts re: H1B visas are all over the Int'l forum.
    I thought so too. It is very tempting though 'coz they are telling me that they can get me in the US in 6 months time. Anyway, is it true that it will take 5 years if I wait for the Schedule A petition?
  6. by   lawrence01
    Quote from florencenightingale
    I thought so too. It is very tempting though 'coz they are telling me that they can get me in the US in 6 months time. Anyway, is it true that it will take 5 years if I wait for the Schedule A petition?
    5 years.. definitely no. It is being tackled as we speak, hence, the reason for this thread. Even the immigration lawyers do not know up to when retrogression will last or be lifted as everyone is just literally waiting for what the US politicians will do. It is the politicians that makes the law, not the lawyers.

    I doubt what that agency is saying as they even can't say what specific visa are they talking about. Saying 'special' visa could be anything but if they are saying those kind of time-frame I'm taking a guess that it is the H1C visa but that too is limited to about 500 a year and they are only available to select hospitals and I'm going to be blunt about this, those selected facilities were selected because they are severely short of staff RNs for very good reasons (hint)

    Pls. refer to the thread above for more details re: H1C visa and there is a link there about the H1C and why it is being skipped by foreign RNs.
  7. by   florencenightingale
    I already checked the link you provided earlier, thanks. Hey Lawrence, are you still here in the Philippines?
  8. by   suzanne4
    there are no "special" visas of any type. if any agency offers this, run as fast as you can from them.

    or you will always be worrying about what else that they have offered you that does not exist. there are no quick fixes to working in the us the legal way.
  9. by   karolina
    Hi everyone,
    My papers were send on 21 september 2006, I 140 approved on december 2006, and I 485 updated on january 3, and 4. it is still pending and no request was send for additional documents. I did send visa certificate, medical exam all toghether. My question is, shall they approve I 485 if it was send before retrogression but updated when retrogression was in effect. can aybody share their story if y have similar priority date?
    my lawyes said it will stay pending unitil retrogression is lifted..
    thanks
  10. by   florencenightingale
    Quote from suzanne4
    there are no "special" visas of any type. if any agency offers this, run as fast as you can from them.

    or you will always be worrying about what else that they have offered you that does not exist. there are no quick fixes to working in the us the legal way.
    i agree.
  11. by   FutureUSRN
    I heard that the Republicans have their own version of the CIR and theirs was far different from one being introduced by the bi-partisan tandem in Congress. I heard the "pt. system" will be used similar to that in Canada. If that will push through, most of us will have to be re-evaluated using that system and the visa screen will become of less use, if no use at all..
  12. by   lawrence01
    Quote from FutureUSRN
    I heard that the Republicans have their own version of the CIR and theirs was far different from one being introduced by the bi-partisan tandem in Congress. I heard the "pt. system" will be used similar to that in Canada. If that will push through, most of us will have to be re-evaluated using that system and the visa screen will become of less use, if no use at all..
    I've heard a proposal something to that effect but that would be for new applicants only, if ever, but somehow I doubt it will ever see the light of day.

    The point system used by Canada, UK and AU/NZ seems to give extra points to younger applicants (usu. those less than 40 yo), w/ living relatives in the country, can speak French (for certain provinces in CAN), the 'show me the money', etc.. It may be interpreted as "Un-American like".
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Apr 4, '07
  13. by   FutureUSRN
    cross-fingers....i already have my visa screen...just waiting for Schedule A visa to become available again...

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