Immigration News and Updates - page 8

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  1. by   flight027
    Hmmmm...

    Perhaps a possible scenario I see with the Nursing Relief Act is that a nurse may potentially be tied to one employer for 5 or 6 years or more? For a good employer, that's too short. but for a rotten one, that's an eternity of hell.

    Picture this... an employer agrees to petition you based on the W-1 and puts you on a 3-year contract. Then when you're already in the US, the employer agrees to file a petition for immigrant status in your behalf but only if you sign up for an additonal 3 years with them. Oooh.. very complicated, no?

    I can't remember if the proposed bill says anything about the length of time you can lawfully stay in the US when your 3 years of nonimmigrant nurse status is up.


    (Insert here a reminder that all this is purely speculation.)
  2. by   lawrence01
    Thanks for all the updates everyone but as Suzanne said all these bills are just being introduced and we have already posted several of them here. More bills of the same nature are coming. The original CIR last year also has a provision for non-CAP immigrant visas for Nurses (SKIL Bill by Sen. Brownback) and remember this was last year.

    Which Bill would be the one to be actually approved is the what we are looking for. Hope there will be one Bill that will stand out and personally I think that the more realistic one and the most probable one to be considered would be the recapturing of the 90,000 unused visas.

    What do you guys, think?
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Mar 10, '07
  3. by   sweet_nurse
    im very optimistic about this 90k visas for us nurses and pt's..dont lose hope guys everything will be fine.. im crossing my fingers!!!

    all we need to do is to pray that retrogression will end..:angel2:
  4. by   flight027
    Hey lawrence,

    Would you know the exact number of the bill that has the provision on recapturing 90,000 visas? I made a search at the US congress site and had no luck. Is this provision part of the bigger 9/11 bill?
  5. by   mpoova
    Quote from vermountindia
    Hi all,
    According to http://hammondlawgroup.blogspot.com/, Sen. Hutchison has formally introduced a provision to recapture about 90,000 visas for Schedule A nurse and PTs.
    Pls read and comment.
    Rds
    Apparently, lawfirm is refering SA 364 by Hutchison. I cann't find a number like 90,000 visas mentioning in the amendement!
  6. by   lavalin
    Senator HUTCHISON submitted an amendment(SA 364) to S.4 which recaptures the Unused Employment-Based Immigrant Visas and allocates to Schedule A workers...


    SA 364:

    Recapture of Unused Employment-Based Immigrant Visas.--Section 106(d) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-313; 8 U.S.C. 1153 note) is amended--

    (1) in paragraph (1)--

    (A) by inserting ``1996, 1997,'' after ``available in fiscal year''; and

    (B) by inserting ``group I,'' after ``schedule A,'';

    (2) in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting ``1996, 1997, and'' after ``available in fiscal years''; and

    (3) by adding at the end the following:

    ``(4) PETITIONS.--The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide a process for reviewing and acting upon petitions with respect to immigrants described in schedule A not later than 30 days after the date on which a completed petition has been filed.''.
  7. by   sofia_815
    I hope they would just recapture the unused greencard visas...If they will approve this non-immigrant temporary working visa, I think non-immigrant visas will all be used up very quickly...and as Suzzane mentioned, if you have a working visa rather than greencard status, there's a big tendency that your employer would exploit you and you wont get the same salary and same benefits like the US citizen nurses and alien greencard holders..Well the waiting period for my petition really tortures me, but I would rather wait than go to US very quickly and be a non-immigrant worker--get lower pay than the usual and not treated as equal with your immigrant co-workers, in other words-"being exploited and abused"....but I hope the waiting wont last for years, I am crossing my fingers and pray hard that this retrogression would end this summer..
    Last edit by sofia_815 on Mar 11, '07
  8. by   vermountindia
    Quote from vermountindia
    Hi all,
    According to http://hammondlawgroup.blogspot.com/, Sen. Hutchison has formally introduced a provision to recapture about 90,000 visas for Schedule A nurse and PTs.
    Pls read and comment.
    Rds
    Now, How long we may have to wait to know this bill is passed? What is the next process? If everything went well, How long will it take to retrogression over?
    Pls advice
    God Bless You
    Rgds
  9. by   suzanne4
    Bills must be approved by both the House of Representatives, as well as the Senate. Nothing gets thru instantaneously. There will be multiple changes made, and multiple meetings as well before anything gets thru.

    At the very earliest, there will not be anything opening up until July or later, if you add on how long that it takes for the existing visas to be moved over, etc. Remember that the Schedule A has already been removed from the Visa Bulletin. It would not have been removed if they expected things to open up in a month or so.

    And still do not think that there will be a total lift of the retrogression immediately. Just to the number that are waiting for visas. And remember that 90,000 sunds like alot, but more than likely that will still include family members/dependents of the nurse.

    With the 50,000 that were last made available, only about 1/3 or less went to nurses. Physical therapists are also included under Schedule A, and then the dependents of both. There are many more that that waiting for a green card right now from all over the world.
  10. by   vermountindia
    Quote from suzanne4
    Bills must be approved by both the House of Representatives, as well as the Senate. Nothing gets thru instantaneously. There will be multiple changes made, and multiple meetings as well before anything gets thru.

    At the very earliest, there will not be anything opening up until July or later, if you add on how long that it takes for the existing visas to be moved over, etc. Remember that the Schedule A has already been removed from the Visa Bulletin. It would not have been removed if they expected things to open up in a month or so.

    And still do not think that there will be a total lift of the retrogression immediately. Just to the number that are waiting for visas. And remember that 90,000 sunds like alot, but more than likely that will still include family members/dependents of the nurse.

    With the 50,000 that were last made available, only about 1/3 or less went to nurses. Physical therapists are also included under Schedule A, and then the dependents of both. There are many more that that waiting for a green card right now from all over the world.
    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply. Now, my case is like this. My case is in NVC and I got a case number.Last month I got a letter from them saying since visa numbers are not available, they cannot process further (ie. DS230, choice of agent etc.). That case, as soon as retro lifted my file will be processed or will there be any other waiting time?
    Pls advice.
    Rgds
  11. by   suzanne4
    Quote from vermountindia
    Hi,
    Thanks for your reply. Now, my case is like this. My case is in NVC and I got a case number.Last month I got a letter from them saying since visa numbers are not available, they cannot process further (ie. DS230, choice of agent etc.). That case, as soon as retro lifted my file will be processed or will there be any other waiting time?
    Pls advice.
    Rgds
    It will not be processed immediately when the retrogression is lifted. There is still processing going on right now, so I am thinking that this has more to do with the employer in many cases. I have seen petitions go thru and continue to go thru.

    When things do open up, they are going to clear up those that have been waiting longer than you. When was your case actually filed and approved? That means more to me than just that it is at the NVC.
  12. by   lawrence01
    CIR Update

    Kennedy-McCain Bill to be re-introduced this week

    http://www.shusterman.com/cgi-bin/ex...le_1616899.php

    http://www.shusterman.com/apr06.html#1

    *Also note that Pres. Bush has just gone through Latin America and still is currently in Mexico and the theme there is Immigration Reform. He will be back in the US by wed., the same week where the Kennedy-McCain Bill will be re-introduced. Least to say, this will be an interesting week or so. We will have a better picture of things to come or not to come in this week and the next.
  13. by   vermountindia
    Quote from suzanne4
    It will not be processed immediately when the retrogression is lifted. There is still processing going on right now, so I am thinking that this has more to do with the employer in many cases. I have seen petitions go thru and continue to go thru.

    When things do open up, they are going to clear up those that have been waiting longer than you. When was your case actually filed and approved? That means more to me than just that it is at the NVC.
    Hi,
    My case no. LND200*******
    P D is 13 Oct 2006
    NVC received it end of Oct 2006.
    Rgds

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