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  1. by   suzanne4
    Quote from lawrence01
    New Immigration Reform Bill Coming

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy is finalizing immigration legislation that would make it easier for illegal aliens to gain citizenship, a Washington newspaper reported.

    The Washington Times reported Thursday that the bill backed by Kennedy, D-Mass., would weaken enforcement provisions included in immigration legislation approved by the Senate last year.

    http://www.shusterman.com/cgi-bin/ex...%2Fpolitics%2F
    And that bill has nothing to do with nurses.
  2. by   lawrence01
    `Rural Nursing Promotion Act' Introduced at the Senate.

    SEC. 4. SHORTAGE OCCUPATIONS.
    (a) Exception to Direct Numerical Limitations- Section 201(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(1)) is amended.

    (c) Exception to Per Country Levels for Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based Immigrants- Section 202(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)), is amended by inserting `, except for aliens described in section 201(b),' after `any fiscal year'.

    We can read the whole Bill by clicking this link and searching Bill S. 646:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Feb 24, '07
  3. by   tetitto
    Quote from lawrence01
    `Rural Nursing Promotion Act' Introduced at the Senate.

    SEC. 4. SHORTAGE OCCUPATIONS.
    (a) Exception to Direct Numerical Limitations- Section 201(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(1)) is amended.

    (c) Exception to Per Country Levels for Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based Immigrants- Section 202(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)), is amended by inserting `, except for aliens described in section 201(b),' after `any fiscal year'.

    We can read the whole Bill by clicking this link and searching Bill S. 646:
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    So, Lawrence. How do you read this between lines?. Because for me; it is very hard to process this type of information.
    Would you kindly explain in Nursing terms , or in coloquial words what the underlined paragraph; perhaps, all the proposed Bill mean?

    Thanks
  4. by   lawrence01
    Very tempting to say what my understanding is but let's give the proper analysis to the experts or the proper authorities as they will explain some provisions on that Bill in the near future IF it will be considered. Remember, it was just introduced to the Senate.
  5. by   lawrence01
    As everyone may now know there is a scheduled Senate committee hearing next week (Feb. 28) about the Comprehensive Immigration Reform BIll so issues about creating visas for Schedule A maybe discussed, including the Bill above. So let's just wait for it and we can discuss it here afterwards. Too vague to discuss anything this early.

    We'll keep everyone updated.:smilecoffeecup:
  6. by   4floridabound
    Simply put, this bill will exempt Sched A (nurse,pt's and their dependents)from visa quotas until 2017 or until Dept of Labor continously certifies that these occupations are in shortage in the US.
    This is more or less the same Brownback amendment in the Senate CIR last year and is also in the SKIL bill last year.
    Lets all pray and hope this bill pushes thru and becomes a law.
  7. by   tetitto
    Quote from lawrence01
    Very tempting to say what my understanding is but let's give the proper analysis to the experts or the proper authorities as they will explain some provisions on that Bill in the near future IF it will be considered. Remember, it was just introduced to the Senate.
    Yes, Lawrence01 I kind of forget it is just a introduced Bill. Let's wait until something well structured come up.

    Thanks lawrence01
  8. by   vermountindia
    Hi all,
    Pls find some info related to retrogression....Just for your information and comments only..Here is the link

    .....deal between the House and Senate to recapture unused immigrant
    visa numbers and eliminate retrogression was finalized late last night. The
    deal creates a special EB3 immigrant class for Schedule A occupations --
    registered nurses and physical therapists. The special class exempts
    50,000 immigrant visas from the general EB3 category and effectively ends
    nurse and physical therapist retrogression for at least the next two or three
    years.

    It is expected that the formal enabling vote will take place next week. The
    President will sign the legislation shortly thereafter. It may take the
    Departments of State and Homeland Security several weeks to apply the
    law. At this point HLG estimates retrogression will be effectively lifted for
    EB3 Schedule A occupations with the publication of the July Visa Bulletin.
    The July Visa Bulletin should be released in mid-June.....


    ANY COMMENTS..?
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Feb 26, '07
  9. by   lawrence01
    Not sure how new is this but that seems to be the 50,000 that was given last 2005 if I'm not mistaken.
  10. by   lawrence01
    The above is definitely was referring to the 50,000 visas granted last May of 2005 as it was referring to creating a Schedule A category for the first time.

    Also, it turns out that the 50,000 only lasted less than 2 years as majority of the visas were actually used up by the nurse's dependents as early rough estimates only accounted 15,+++ visas were given to the nurse and the rest to their dependents meaning there were an ave. of 3 dependents per nurse.
  11. by   mutya
    Quote from vermountindia
    Hi all,
    Pls find some info related to retrogression....Just for your information and comments only..Here is the link

    .....deal between the House and Senate to recapture unused immigrant
    visa numbers and eliminate retrogression was finalized late last night. The
    deal creates a special EB3 immigrant class for Schedule A occupations --
    registered nurses and physical therapists. The special class exempts
    50,000 immigrant visas from the general EB3 category and effectively ends
    nurse and physical therapist retrogression for at least the next two or three
    years.

    It is expected that the formal enabling vote will take place next week. The
    President will sign the legislation shortly thereafter. It may take the
    Departments of State and Homeland Security several weeks to apply the
    law. At this point HLG estimates retrogression will be effectively lifted for
    EB3 Schedule A occupations with the publication of the July Visa Bulletin.
    The July Visa Bulletin should be released in mid-June.....


    ANY COMMENTS..?

    this happens in 2005, now the reality is nobody is taking into notice the actual fact that there is a real shortage of nurses in the US. There is the recaptured 90,000 available visa issue, there is the dependent being remove from the numerical count and the total exemption from the visa cap of PT and Nurses. A lot of things that could go on our way in ending this retrogression, the only problem is nobody want to talk about it.
    The CIR issue is a very cumplicated one and it involves everybody, not only nurses, pts, h1-b's and illegals but almost all. The chances of it being pass is slim. I too is waiting for this retrogression to be lifted and just hoping that in one way or another those lawyers lobbying for nursing cap relief will be able to get something about it.US Nursing shortage is an issue that needs to be address fast, just wait and pray... Pray hard....
  12. by   suzanne4
    Please always do your research on anything that you see on a website and verify when it was written. Many that are up on agency websites are old.
    Best place to always check is directly with the US State Dept website, that will be the most correct. And not biased by trying to sell something. The US State Dept is actually the ones that issues visas and handle all of that, USCIS is under them.

    Schedule A has already been removed from the Visa Bulletin last month.
  13. by   lawrence01
    Web cast from the CIR committee hearing (Feb. 28 2007) for those interested:

    http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearing.cfm?id=2555

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