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  1. OPT STEM EXTENSION DEADLINE AUGUST 8

    by , 08-03-2016 at 08:59 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    Students who currently hold an OPT STEM Extension card, valid for 17 months, must apply before August 8, 2016 if the student wishes to request an additional 7 months, under the new 24 month STEM Extension Program created earlier this year.

    On March 11, 2016 the USCIS published the rules of a new, expanded STEM Extension OPT program. The new STEM Extension went into effect on May 10, 2016. Among other changes, the program extended the length of the STEM Extension from 17 months to 24 months. For an outline of the new requirements for students and employers under the updated STEM Extension Program, please see our previous blog post from May 4, 2016.


    The USCIS outlined a series of transition rules for three primary groups of students impacted by the implementation of the new STEM Extension Program:

    1. Students on a 17 month STEM Extension can request the full 24 month STEM extension period, if they apply for a new OPT card before August 8, 2016. If the student elects not to ask for the full 24 month STEM extension, the student should complete the 17 month STEM OPT Period under the old rules.

    2. Students with a pending 17 month STEM Extension should receive an RFE requesting the new form I-983 Training Plan. An RFE Response amends the application to the full 24 months STEM extension period.

    3. Students on a 12 month OPT expiring after June 1 must file the STEM Extension under the 24 month program.

    Students eligible for OPT STEM Extensions are in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Please check with your student advisor if you qualify for a STEM Extension based on your field of study.


    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. CLINTON ON IMMIGRATION

    by , 08-01-2016 at 09:44 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    PART TWO OF SERIES: THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

    HILLARY CLINTON

    Hillary Clinton’s website highlights eight key pieces of her immigration proposals.

    1. Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) – Ms. Clinton promises to introduce CIR, including a pathway to US Citizenship, within the first 100 days of her presidency.

    2. End the Three/Ten Year Bar – Under current immigration law, those who overstay the end-date on their I-94 card by six months to a year are barred from returning to the US or applying for any type of visa for three years. Those who overstay by more than a year are barred from returning to the US or applying for a visa for ten years. Ms. Clinton seeks eliminate this penalty.

    3. Defend DACA and DAPA – President Obama’s Executive Action created the DACA and DAPA programs. These programs allow individuals who were brought to the US as children or have US Citizen children to apply for a stay of deportation and work authorization. Most recently, the US Supreme Court’s 4-4 tied decision left in place an appeals court ruling which blocked these programs. Ms. Clinton believes these programs are within the President’s authority and intends to continue fighting for their implementation.

    4. Expand Deferred Action – A grant of Deferred Action is essentially a promise on the part of the US government not to deport the grantee. Ms. Clinton intends to expand Deferred Action for those with sympathetic cases, for example: those with a history of service and contribution to their communities or those who experience extreme labor violations.

    5. Enforce Immigration Laws Humanely – Secretary Clinton states immigration enforcement should be humane, targeted, and effective. Ms. Clinton wants to focus enforcement resources on detaining and deporting individuals who are a threat to public safety.

    6. End Family Detention – Ms. Clinton plans to end the detention of parents and children who arrive in the US fleeing desperate circumstances. Secretary Clinton also intends to close all private (non-government) immigration detention centers.

    7. Expand Health Insurance Coverage for Immigrant Families – Secretary Clinton wants to allow individuals of any immigration status to purchase health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Exchanges.

    8. Promote Naturalization – Ms. Clinton will expand fee waivers, increase English-language proficiency programs, and boost outreach and education to encourage individuals to apply for Naturalization.

    Please note this post summarizes only the points available on Secretary Clinton’s website regarding immigration reform. Speeches, interviews, or other materials are not captured here.


    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  3. TRUMP ON IMMIGRATION

    by , 07-28-2016 at 02:56 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    PART ONE OF SERIES: THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ON IMMIGRATION REFORM

    DONALD TRUMP

    Donald Trump’s immigration reform plan is centered on three principles:
    1. A nation without borders is not a nation.
    2. A nation without laws is not a nation.
    3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation.

    BORDERS

    The most well-known of Mr. Trump’s immigration proposals is to build a wall on the Mexican/American border and ensure Mexico pays for this wall. Mr. Trump proposes to obtain this payment from Mexico by:
    • Impounding all remittance payments derived from wages earned by workers who are illegally in the US
    • Increase fees on all visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats
    • Increase fees on all border crossing cards
    • Increase fees on all TN visas
    • Increase fees at ports of entry to the US from Mexico


    LAWS

    Mr. Trump intends to implement the following actions to ensure current American immigration laws are enforced:
    • Triple the number of Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) Officers
    • ICE Officers will work with local gang task forces; ICE Officers must place detainers on any undocumented immigrants they encounter in the jails and prisons
    • Require e-verify for all employers; currently e-verify is an optional government program
    • Mandatory deportation of all foreign nationals with any criminal history
    • Discontinue catch-and-release programs; at present individuals apprehended at the border are detained and then paroled into the US until an immigration hearing. Mr. Trump proposes detention until the hearing.
    • Individuals who overstay the term of their I-94 card will be subject to criminal penalties
    • Cut off federal grants which fund any sanctuary city programs
    • End birthright citizenship; children of immigrants born on US soil would no longer be US Citizens


    SERVE ITS OWN CITIZENS

    Mr. Trump contends that our immigration policy has destroyed America’s middle class. As a result, his reform proposals seek to control the admission of new low-earning workers to the US. Mr. Trump’s specific policy proposals for long-term reform include:
    • Increase prevailing wages for H-1Bs
    • Require companies to hire American workers first
    • Require immigrants to prove, before entering the US, that they can pay for their own housing, healthcare, and other needs
    • Eliminate the J-1 training visa and replace it with a resume bank for inner city youth
    • Increase standards for admission of refugees and asylum-seekers
    • Immigration moderation: before new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire unemployed workers already in the US


    Please note this post summarizes only the points available on Mr. Trump’s website regarding immigration reform. Speeches, interviews, or other materials are not captured here.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  4. PROMINENT BANKERS SAY IMMIGRATION REFORM IS THE KEY TO U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH

    by , 07-26-2016 at 09:21 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    Two prominent US bankers recently spoke up in the debate over immigration reform; both stated that immigration is critical to the continued recovery and economic growth of the United States.

    Dallas Fed President, Robert Kaplan, said the US population is aging and so participation in the US labor force will decline, creating difficulties for the US economy. We can do something about this, said Kaplan: “One thing is we could have immigration reform in the United States so that people can come here easily and we can continue to grow the workforce in a safe and secure way.” Kaplan acknowledged that immigration reform is a difficult debate, but also a necessary one.

    Also last week, Minneapolis Fed President, Neel Kashkari, said immigration reform is a critical component of a return to faster economic growth. “My personal view,” said Kashkari, “is that we should utilize immigration to our advantage as a source for economic growth. If we have a population that’s not growing it’s much harder to have economic growth.”

    The Federal Reserve System is the central bank of the United States. The Federal Reserve has three primary functions:

    · Monetary Policy
    · Banking Supervision
    · Financial Services

    The Federal Reserve, also called “The Fed” is led by a Board of Governors in Washington, DC. A network of 12 Federal Reserve Banks and 24 branches make up the Federal Reserve System under the general oversight of the Board of Governors. Each of the 12 Reserve Banks serves its region of the country and is led by a Fed President.


    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us onFacebook and follow us on Twitter.
  5. CGFNS NAMES FILIPINO AS NEW DIRECTOR OF EVALUATIONS

    by , 07-20-2016 at 08:09 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    CGFNS has just announced that Jasper Tolarba, DNP, RN, NEA-BC will be their new Director of Credentials Evaluation Services. Dr. Tolarba will manage the operations of the Credentialing Service programs. From their press release:

    Dr. Tolarba will be responsible for managing the operations of the Credentialing Service programs including VisaScreen®, Credentials Evaluation Service and International Consultants of Delaware. Along with CGFNS’ Executive Team, Dr. Tolarba will establish and coordinate the Foreign Educated Professionals Advisory Group, providing a more robust voice on a global scale.

    Dr. Tolarba’s alma mater, Bicol Univerity in Legazpi City, Philippines, also highlighted the appointment. Bicol notes that Dr. Tolarba earned his first bachelors and masters from Bicol and also taught nursing there from 2002-2004, whereupon he moved to Cincinnati and enrolled at Xavier University. He later obtained his Ph.D from Yale University in Connecticut. Bicol also notes that Dr. Tolarba is the first foreign-educated nurse to join CGFNS leadership team.


    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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