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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy


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Julia Preston of the NY Times reports that USCIS is gearing up for a legalization program following successful conclusion of a CIR bill. Some might speculate that the Administration is serious about reform if it is going through this exercise. I'm not so sure I'd read that much into it.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    It could take as much as 18-24 months for USCIS for prepare. The incompetence of the federal agencies is well known..they are pretty slow. So if CIR passes in September 2011 it will be right on time!
  2. Sam's Avatar
    I read somewhere that agency is planning to increase the fees to prepare for the legalization , I personally think it is ridiculous.
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Hi Sam - USCIS is asking Congress to okay a major fee increase, but they say they need it to service existing clients and not to prepare for legalization. Personally, I would encourage Congress to demand some accountability before they approve it. The quality of adjudications is probably worse than at any point I've seen in my two decades of practice. And USCIS has recently had some major fee increases approved. Customers have a right to demand improvements before having to shell out ever increasing amounts of money. Right now, I think it is safe to assume that the money will go toward make-work RFEs and overpaying outside contractors. If the money was spent on better training, I might be more interested in entertaining the request.
  4. Vivek Shah's Avatar
    "So if CIR passes in September 2011 it will be right on time!"

    George - it may be right on time from a USCIS perspective but believe me that for people like will be too little and too late. People like me are not willing to spend another few years in uncertainty, be stuck at current job positions and see tremendous opportunities zoom by us back in our home countries!
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    Vivek Shah:

    Just talking about the incompetence of the federal agencies..I am glad Greg has highlighted some of those. In most cases, the fee increase is a jobs program. Visa rejection two or three times by consular officers may not necessarily be to discourage people from coming to the US but to gouge the customers who are able to pay. I am pretty certain that the person in charge of consular services at the State Department is pretty annoyed with the Pakistani IOC official. We give Pakistan loads of money in economic aid and military assistance. I personally know some folks who work with state and they have been telling me that visa rejection is meant to raise money for hiring more effect it is for a jobs program. As for you personally, I would suggest that if you can get a job in Canada or Singapore or if your corporation is willing to transfer your job to those countries, just move...not very patriotic thing to say and definitely not in my selfish interest to see the jobs move abroad...but you have to do what is in your best interest.
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    I am battling the Singaporean and Aussie antis as well, trying to tell them how good they have it with unemployment rate less than 5% in Australia and falling and 3.3% in Singapore and likely to fall in this quarter.
  7. gg's Avatar
    Business Week features America's high-tech sweat shops in its cover story

    I am given to believe the Senate version of CIR (Schumer version) is likely to be more favorable towards high tech workers. I hope Schumer makes not of this cover story and addresses the concerned issues.
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    Two of the three Med Nobels foreign born?

  9. LFWF's Avatar

    As usual BW chooses to fous entirely on one small facet. Interviews with the chosen few only..Hira, Miano etc. No orgs or leadres from teh other side asked about this, they did troll around looking for disaffected iimmigrants though. How come no disaffected PG types? Is Miano the only one available?
    How copme no mention of the solution...stop the excessive periods on H1B by clearing the GC backlog, and avoid abuse! But that does not fit with the BW scheme of life. Please write to BW editors and protest.
  10. George Chell's Avatar

    Two more immigrants who became citizens win Nobel Prize, this time in Physics..Kao is from Shanghai and Boyle is from Canada..

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