Immigration News and Updates - page 18

This is just for the purpose of getting updated or informed and do note that nothing is absolute and in fact things are very fluid or volatile when it comes to immigration matters.... Read More

  1. by   suzanne4
    US immigration can deny at any time and can deny retroactively, as well. They are always there.
  2. by   lawrence01
    bush renews push to overhaul immigration

    washington (ap) -- president bush urged lawmakers on saturday to come together on the complex and emotional issue of immigration, calling it "a critical challenge" now before the nation.

    "we need a system where our laws are respected. we need a system that meets the legitimate needs of our economy. and we need a system that treats people with dignity and helps newcomers assimilate into our society," he said in his weekly radio address.

    "we must address all elements of this problem together, or none of them will be solved at all."

    there are an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the country, and passions run high on what to do about them. bush wants to establish a temporary worker program for some of them and create a path to citizenship -- albeit a difficult one -- for many. he says it is unrealistic to propose that millions of people be deported.

    what he likes to call comprehensive immigration reform was once bush's top domestic priority.

    click here for the full article.
  3. by   lawrence01
    bush speaks at miami dade college, pushes immigration breakthrough

    excerpts:

    miami — president bush, pushing for a hard-to-find breakthrough on a broad immigration overhaul, appealed to graduating college students in this diverse city saturday for help in persuading congress to produce a bill.

    bush gave the commencement address at miami dade college, where more than half the students were raised speaking a language other than english. he gave the class of 2007 an assignment: tell their elected representatives in washington to get going on immigration overhaul.

    "you see every day the values of hard work, and family, and faith that immigrants bring," the president said. "this experience gives you a special responsibility to make your voices heard."

    bush said the immigration system is deeply broken: employers are not held accountable enough; borders are not secure enough; businesses need workers willing to do low-paying jobs; and the 12 million people estimated to be in the u.s. illegally cannot all be deported and so must be dealt with "without amnesty and without animosity."

    "we must address all elements of this problem together — or none of them will be solved at all," bush said.

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    sen. edward kennedy (news, bio, voting record), d-mass., applauded the renewed attention from bush.

    "only a bipartisan bill will become law, and we are prepared to work with the president and our republican colleagues to get the job done and get it done right," said kennedy, a leader for his party on the issue.

    bush said the talks in washington are beginning to bear fruit.

    "i know convictions run deep on the matter of immigration. yet i am confident we can have a serious, civil and conclusive debate," he said in his weekly radio address aired in the morning.

    most national polls show people in the u.s. are overwhelmingly supportive of an immigration overhaul that would allow those already in the country illegally to stay, work and earn their way to legal status.

    *source
  4. by   rookieq
    Just came from a Nursing Expo in Brisbane Australia and there was an agency that was offering its services for Aussie nurses to work in the US, the agent was very confident that by Sept this year, the US would open up again for nurses.

    Of course I just took this with a grain of salt...
  5. by   lawrence01
    Quote from rookieq
    Just came from a Nursing Expo in Brisbane Australia and there was an agency that was offering its services for Aussie nurses to work in the US, the agent was very confident that by Sept this year, the US would open up again for nurses.

    Of course I just took this with a grain of salt...
    They are basing it on the presumption that Pres. Bush will be signing a CIR Bill by August or earlier, like he said he would, and by the looks of the current news on what's happening there is some momentum leading into that time-frame so they have a basis for their educated guess.
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Apr 29, '07
  6. by   RNGrad2006
    When a bill is signed in August if that happens. Are you able to apply for I-485 before the visa numbers are available or do you have to wait the 3 months before you can even apply for I485/I-140?
  7. by   lawrence01
    Quote from RNGrad2006
    When a bill is signed in August if that happens. Are you able to apply for I-485 before the visa numbers are available or do you have to wait the 3 months before you can even apply for I485/I-140?
    It's usually when the visas are actually available. So, if there will be a couple of months of lag after the signing, if ever, then you will have to wait for USCIS to announce that they are resuming it. Anyway, if it's not yet available, it's not yet available.

    There is a possibility, however, that the NVC, for those doing consular processing may start "pre-processing" - sending visa fee bills and sending new edition DS- 230 forms since the current DS-230 expires on the last week of July, 2007. This is in anticipation that visa numbers will eventually be available in just a couple of months after the CIR has been signed, if ever. And they have done "pre-processing" before.

    Nothing is sure about how AOS will be handled though until the Senate creates their version and the final bill between the House and the Senate has been done. Remember, this is suppose to be a comprehensive reform bill and they may think to change a few things about doing AOS since many have abused it already. Right, now I do not know anything that has been changed yet (re: AOS) but we only have the House's Strive Act to read and the Senate version and the final Bill hasn't been created yet. There are already proposals regarding making changes regarding Family-Based petitions, so it is not a far out idea to think that they might think of "fixing" how AOS is currently being done as well and this is suppose to be a comprehensive immigration reform.

    Bottom line is, people thinking of doing AOS will have to wait what happens w/ CIR and if there will be new rules and policies regarding AOS and whether or not there will be significant changes or not, people will also have to wait for USCIS to announce it's resumption to receive applications for AOS.
    Last edit by lawrence01 on May 1, '07
  8. by   suzanne4
    Have been watching the newscasts since very early this am, and there has not been one mention of anything having to do with nurses. It is has been 100% illegal immigration and that is on all of the news shows. Both local news, national news, and international news.
  9. by   suzanne4
    Also remember that immigration fees go up significantly on June 01. And this will be for everyone.
    Last edit by suzanne4 on May 1, '07
  10. by   jonRNMD
    Quote from lawrence01
    They are basing it on the presumption that Pres. Bush will be signing a CIR Bill by August or earlier, like he said he would, and by the looks of the current news on what's happening there is some momentum leading into that time-frame so they have a basis for their educated guess.
    Pres. Bush will definetely sign the CIR if and only IF Congress can get their acts together and pass a unified CIR bill.....

    PERSONALLY, I dont think Congress can pass a unified CIR bill this year...My view is that we would all be waiting until 2009 for the CIR bill to become law....the only way to end the current retrogression is for a re-capture of unused visas just like what happened a few years ago.....

    this is my personal view and i hope im wrong because i dont want to be stuck with an EAD for the next 2 years
  11. by   lawrence01
    Quote from jonrnmd
    pres. bush will definetely sign the cir if and only if congress can get their acts together and pass a unified cir bill.....

    personally, i dont think congress can pass a unified cir bill this year...my view is that we would all be waiting until 2009 for the cir bill to become law....the only way to end the current retrogression is for a re-capture of unused visas just like what happened a few years ago.....

    this is my personal view and i hope im wrong because i dont want to be stuck with an ead for the next 2 years
    there are already some signs that both the democrats and the republicans are willing to compromise some issues base on current news, w/c i've posted here as well but you are right; nothing really is certain w/ cir.

    unfortunately, a separate immigration bill (on it's own) or provision to re-capture visas to solve the retrogression is not being entertain until the cir gets approved or gets junked. they will only entertain any separate immigration-related bill until they are certain that the cir will not push through this year. of course, if it pushes through, then no problem. no need for re-capture as the cir will contain a provision to solve retrogression. the house's version (strive act) has a provision for unlimited visas for rns and there will be a similar provision from the senate version (not sure if it's unlimited like the house or will be cap-limited because it is yet to be created) but there certainly will be one. the senate will be voting on it this may after the scheduled 2-week debates.

    i say, the sooner the debates, the better. if it passes, it's good. if the cir gets junked; a recapture cap-limited bill will now be entertained. a recapture provision that was attached to a parent, non-immigration related bill was turned downed just before easter and the reason was they do not want immigration-related provisions that is not part of cir. they want to fix the immigration problems in one whole package w/ the cir or none at all. of course, if the cir gets junked separate stand-alone immigration bills will be introduced left and right, so that's not entirely true. president bush just wants a comprehensive immigration reform bill (the whole package) to be one of his presidential legacy before he steps down and he wants it bad. this is no secret. will congress give it to him? the current news seems to point that way as both parties has soften up on their stance regarding what to w/ illegals.

    the cir contains so many provisions, including a provision for schedule a, in the house's version (strive act) and it is expected that the senate will have one as well because they have to match it, otherwise it won't be a comprehensive immigration reform bill but the hot issue that is being debated and what is dragging everything else is obviously on the issue on what to do w/ illegals. right now, base on what i've read so far, both parties are compromising on this issue (behind doors), w/c is no secret as well. everyone knows the proponents of both parties involved and the white house are meeting w/ each other and president bush was confident enough to say that he was "winning immigration overhaul support" as reported in bloomberg.

    the cir is big, and the issue about what to do w/ illegals has over-shadowed almost everything that is included in the cir that there might be controversial immigration provisions that might not be apparent to the public today that will slip through once there will be a so-called "breakthrough" regarding what to do w/ illegals. everyone will be happy with this breakthrough that other provisions will have none to minimal debates on it. is this good or bad? no one knows.

    just my two cents.
    Last edit by lawrence01 on May 1, '07
  12. by   suzanne4
    The provisions about the Schedule A have not even been discussed even in the news on any channel at any point. Not sure if it will be in the CIR when it is signed, there is going to be much to get thru just dealing with the illegal immigration issues and to get that approved.

    And right now, what Bush wants for the illegal immigrants and with them having to pay $10,000 and return to their country to get petitioned, at least their documents submitted it causing major issues right now. And with what is going on with the funding for Iraq, it is going to take alot of work on both sides. And he definitely does not have Congress or the House of Representatives on his side right now. He is even going to veto what both had passed as far as Iraq. Bush has his own agenda, not sure what it is, but no one likes it.

    If asking me today from what I have seen, I doubt that the nurses will be on the CIR. More than likely, it will be something separate. There are too many different entities in the US against the open cap on nurses until 2012. The unions are very against this, and definitely will not accept any type of temporary worker programs. This has been an issue since the H1-B went away for nurses three years ago, and one of the reasons that it did. So do not see any type of temporary visa, nor do I want to see it ever come back as the nurse is literally owned by the agency or the facility, and I do not believe in slavery. And that is what it is in nursing with these temporary work visas, such as the H1-C that you keep hearing about in the Philippines. But it is very bad news, and much worse than the H1-B. There are nurses complaining of the seven to nine patients that sone states have for med-surg, but when the H1-C facilities come into play, you are speaking of 14-16 patients per nurse, and this is the number that you are legally responsible for in an acute care hosptial. And the fastest way to lose your license.
    Last edit by suzanne4 on May 1, '07
  13. by   fruity
    So if nurses wont be included in CIR what happens? does it mean no visas will be available for this summer? is there any slim chance that nurses will be discussed in line with immigration? PLease enlighten us......

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