Immigration News and Updates - page 13

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  1. by   Hathaway

    US House Just started on their Comprehensive Immigration bill entitled STRIVE ACT of 2007. (HR 1645)

    It's a massive immigration overhaul. Specifically for nurses, it provides unlimited immigrant visas for them and their dependents until Sept. 30, 2017.

    Long list of other changes affecting all countries, classes of visas and lines of work.

    Check out and for more details. The whole thing is over 600 pages long.

    Best not to raise your hopes up too much though. Last 4 bills and amendments in US Senate stalled and went nowhere.. Just keep on prayin.

  2. by   suzanne4
    Quote from magandanghapon
    Here is writing with info on a U.S. Bill "Nursing Relief Act of 2007"
    I guess they intend to call the new nonimmigrant visa type as "W1" ?

    If this happens it can open the doors wider for qualified foregin nurses to work in the U.S.
    This is a temporary work permit only, and is not a green card. I still would never recommend it. And you will find it difficult to get employers to hire you with it, especially if the facility is unionized. The unions do not want temporary work permit holders.

    And if you notice, this was just introduced a few weeks ago, nothing is going to happen with it right away. But the biggest issue is that employers do not want these temporary work visas, that is also why there are no H1-B visas for nurses. They only want the immigrant visa, unless their country has a special treaty with the US, such as the TN visas for those from Mexico and Canada, and for those from Australia. Anything other than those, and it will be extremely difficult to find a reputable employer.
  3. by   Billy Shears
    Sorry I cannot work these out or see them written out in full:
    What is PIC?, and what is CIR?
    Pretty thick for a first post eh?
  4. by   suzanne4
    Quote from BillyShears
    Sorry I cannot work these out or see them written out in full:
    What is PIC?, and what is CIR?
    Pretty thick for a first post eh?

    Philippines, India, and China for PIC
    Comprehensive Immigration Reform for CIR.
  5. by   Billy Shears
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from BillyShears
    Sorry I cannot work these out or see them written out in full:
    What is PIC?, and what is CIR?
    Pretty thick for a first post eh?
    welcome to the site

    Not a silly question, something you will pick up as you go through the immigration process plus the plenty of reading which is essential on this forum as most answers will have already been answered
  7. by   lawrence01
    White House works behind the scenes for immigration reform
    The administration has been meeting with key Republican senators to devise a consensus plan aimed at garnering wide GOP support.

    By Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
    March 29, 2007

    WASHINGTON — With President Bush looking to counter a legacy increasingly marred by the war in Iraq, the White House has launched a bold, behind-the-scenes drive to advance a key domestic goal: immigration reform.

    For a month, White House staffers and Cabinet members have met three to four times a week with influential Republican senators and aides to hash out a consensus plan designed to draw a significant number of GOP votes.

    With that effort largely completed, Republicans were hoping to present their proposal Wednesday to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who would lead the Democrats in any attempt to move a bill through the Senate.

    The intense effort — conceived by the president's chief political strategist, Karl Rove — is intended to ensure that Bush will achieve at least one crucial policy victory in the last two years of his presidency.

    Success on immigration reform could also accomplish another Rove goal, shoring up the GOP's weakened support among Latinos, who are even more important to the party as independent voters become increasingly disenchanted.

    Time is short, though. Immigration is one of the few areas where the Democratic Congress sees eye to eye with the lame-duck president, but strains between the two are likely to worsen as the 2008 election nears.

    Though public work on an immigration overhaul appeared to have slowed, momentum simply moved behind closed doors.

    "We are working very hard on this," Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said in an interview, calling it a "top priority."

    Click to read whole article:,301512.story
  8. by   lawrence01
    Immigration plan irks groups hoping for broader reform
    By Dena Bunis
    The Orange County Register


    WASHINGTON - Advocates of a broad immigration overhaul that would include paths to citizenship for illegal immigrants and a wide-ranging program for new foreign workers and their families expressed outrage and disappointment Thursday as details of a more restrictive plan suggested by the White House began circulating on Capitol Hill.

    Click to read whole article:
  9. by   lawrence01
    Washington Proposal

    White House floats /immigration proposal
    By DAVID ESPO/AP Special Correspondent
    Wednesday, March 28, 2007 8:37 PM PDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration floated elements of an immigration plan on Wednesday that would make it harder for millions of illegal immigrants to gain citizenship than under legislation passed by the Senate last year, according to officials in both parties.

    These officials said the administration also suggested barring future guest workers who enter the country legally from bringing family members with them - a proposal unlikely to survive intact.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss about elements of a plan that was not yet public.

    President Bush and Democratic leaders of Congress have both pledged to seek a compromise on immigration legislation this year, and the administration's point men, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, sat down in the Capitol with key senators of both parties for an initial meeting.

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  10. by   lawrence01
    It seems the Bush administration is hard on work behind-the-scenes on convincing some Republicans for a consensus and then presenting it to the Democrats for a possible compromise.

    Sen. Kennedy's initial response (from link in post #164)

    "Kennedy talked in general about the administration's proposal - outlined to him and several other Democratic and Republican senators Wednesday. But he did say that there are some compromises he is not willing to make.

    "Let's make it very clear," he said. "You don't compromise on the morality of these issues. There are stakeholders in this and the stakeholders are the final determinants about whether something is going to fly." Legislation that doesn't have the confidence of the people who are affected, he added, is "going nowhere."


    Rep. Gutierrez' (Dem) initial response (from the link in post #164)

    "Why should we do less than the American people are willing for us to do and millions of them have marched for?" Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said of that proposal. Despite problems with the details, Gutierrez said he is still "happy that the White House is taking this issue seriously and is investing political capital in it."
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Mar 30, '07
  11. by   karolina
    hi lawrence,
    i feel discouraged with all those bills comming, and nothing happening yet.
    Iam going to prolong my EAD in april. it is good up to october. my lawyer said it must be done 6 months before it expires.
  12. by   lawrence01
    Quote from karolina
    hi lawrence,
    i feel discouraged with all those bills comming, and nothing happening yet.
    Iam going to prolong my EAD in april. it is good up to october. my lawyer said it must be done 6 months before it expires.
    Consider yourself lucky that you have an EAD the permits you to work temporarily w/c you can renew while there is still retrogression.

    Those who did it via consular processing aren't that lucky.
  13. by   lawrence01
    White House has new plan for immigration
    POSTED: 9:17 a.m. EDT, March 30, 2007


    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:
    Last edit by lawrence01 on Mar 31, '07