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  1. IMMIGRATION MYTHS

    by , 06-19-2008 at 09:08 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    My friend Tom Roach dispels some of the more common myths surrounding immigration law. Go get em' Tom!
  2. IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: LUKASZ ZBYLUT - STUDENT

    by , 06-19-2008 at 08:03 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    Talk about our country lucking out. Lukasz Zbylut arrived only five years ago from his native Poland as a seventh grader who didn't speak any English. The Brooklyn teen was featured on the Today Show because he did something quite remarkable. He applied to seven Ivy League schools for college and was admitted to all seven. Which school landed Lukasz? Harvard.

    Good luck Lukasz!

    Hat tip to reader Nelson for telling me about Lukasz.
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  3. FIRST CHINESE TRAVELERS ARRIVE UNDER NEW BILATERAL AGREEMENT

    by , 06-19-2008 at 07:50 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    The Travel Industry Association notes the arrival of the first group of Chinese tourists to arrive under an agreement signed by the US and China last December. Let's hope CBP shows them some hospitality. After all, they'll spend an average of $6000 each on their trips here.
  4. HLG Comments on OPT rules

    HLG recently submitted comments to the USCIS about their recently-published OPT extension rule. Those rules allow students in STEM occupations preferential work authorization. STEM occupations are those in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. HLG contends that two professions ought to be added to the preferential occupational list - Registered Nurses and Physical Therapists.

    Under current OPT rules, a student (F visa status holder) generally is allowed to work in the US for 12 months after the completition of the student's studies. The new OPT rule allows those STEM occupations as many as 29 months of post-graduate work authorization. Allowing RNs and PTs 29 months of post-graduate work authorization would help alleviate this nation's shortage in those occupations.

    This new OPT extension rule is being challenged in federal court by the Programmer's Guild. It remains to be seen whether or not the challenge will be successful. The Programmer's Guild argues that the USCIS violated federal law when it published these rules. If successful, the Programmer's Guild lawsuit will render the OPT extension rules null.
  5. IMMIGRANT OF THE DAY: CASSIAN YEE - SCIENTIST

    by , 06-18-2008 at 10:12 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)

    Canadian-born Professor Cassian Yee makes news today as media outlets report on an exciting medical breakthrough led by Yee at the University of Washington in Seattle. A patient with a diagnosis of just a year to live due to melanoma has made a complete recovery thanks to responding to the injection of his own immune cells. This is exciting and since my father has had melanoma, I'm very familiar with just how big this news is. Melanoma kills a great many, particularly those diagnosed too late. Congrats Professor Yee!
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