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  1. US Nursing Shortage Spotlighted



    Next week the PBS TV show, Now, will investigate the US nursing shortage. The show attempts to show what is being done to "keep good nurses on the job." Let's hope that some recognize that part of the answer is increasing the immediate supply through liberalized and regulated nurse immigration.
  2. BUSH ANNOUNCES VISA WAIVER LIST EXPANSION

    by , 10-18-2008 at 07:58 AM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    President Bush has announced, as expected, that seven countries are being added to the list of Visa Waiver countries:



    Czech Republic

    Estonia

    Hungary

    Latvia

    Lithuania

    Slovakia

    South Korea



    The President had a press conference where he made the announcement, but indicated that the change would happen soon as opposed to immediately.

    Bush also announced that Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Poland, and Romania were also on a "road map" toward VWP participation.
  3. Malign Neglect: Plumbing the Silence on Immigration

    by , 10-16-2008 at 05:28 PM (Angelo Paparelli on Dysfunctional Government)
    The final presidential debate is now history.  An allegedly unlicensed (illegal?) plumber nicknamed Joe (whose real name is Sam) received top billing, having been mentioned over 25 times in the 90-minute encounter. Less than a week ago debate moderator, Bob Schieffer of CBS, hinted that immigration -- a topic missing in action in the first two presidential debates and the lone Palin-Biden debate -- at long last would be the subject of a probing question:  "If I could pose one question--let's just say on immigration--and say, 'Gentlemen, what are we going to do about immigration? You can build that fence, but you're still going to have 10 million illegal immigrants in this country. What are you going to do with 'em? Talk with me about that for 10 minutes.'"Alas, the only reference to immigration came when McCain accused Obama of airing ads that "misportray[ed]" his position on immigration. Why are the candidates addressing immigration only in slime-tossing ads aired on Spanish-language programs?

    "Why are the candidates "dissin'" immigration?  According to a recent Zogby/Inter-American Dialogue survey, the white-hot political heat of the anti-legalization crowd seems to have turned to a warm glow in favor of a path to citizenship with some sting:Sixty-seven percent [of likely voters] would support a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally if they pay taxes, pay a penalty and learn English -- 80% of Democrats, 57% of Republicans and 62% of political independents agree with this new path to citizenship. More than half (54%) said the same for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents before their 16th birthday. Most (53%) also support expanding temporary worker programs for migrants as a way to fill jobs that are not being taken by American workers. The silence is even more puzzling given the size of the likely Latino vote in four battleground states (Florida,Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada) and immigration reform among the top four issues for Latino voters, many of whom remain undecided. In the few days remaining to the election, maybe Joe (er, Sam) the plumber can unclog the silent gunk, and persuade his newfound friends, Sens. Obama and McCain, to come clean on immigration.
  4. HEADS UP: E-VERIFY RULE LIKELY WILL BE OUT IN NEXT FEW WEEKS

    by , 10-15-2008 at 08:56 PM (Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy)
    DHS has sent its draft regulations regarding requiring federal contractors to use E-Verify to the Office of Management and Budget for a final review. Expect the rule to be published very soon. Don't be surprised if a lawsuit is filed to block the rule from taking effect because DHS is expected to state that the rule will not be economically significant, something that is necessary for the rule to be fast tracked.
  5. TN Admission Period Now Three Years

    The USCIS has increased the admission period from one year to three years for Canadian and Mexican nationals. The rule also provides three year extensions for qualifying workers. TNs can be issued by Border Officers or if the worker is in the US, by the USCIS.

    TN visas are available for dozens of Canadian and Mexican workers. The full list of acceptable jobs can be accessed here.

    Among the many TN occupations are Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Medical Lab Technologists.

    The three year period is also expected to add extra practical flexibility for Canadian and Mexican nationals who are seeking US permanent residency (green cards). Please contact your HLG attorney if you are interested in discussing the applicability to your immigration matter.

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