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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

PRO-IMMIGRATION AMENDMENT ADDED TO SENATE'S DHS SPENDING BILL

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Great news! The Hatch widows bill (which removes the requirement that a couple must have been married for two years before a US citizen dies) passed and included in that bill were provisions extending the religious worker green card program and the Conrad 30 J-1 physician waiver program. Each of these programs were extended for three years. The EB-5 regional center program for immigrant investors was permanently reauthorized by the Senate yesterday.

The House must agree to these amendments before they go to the President and I do not yet know whether the bill will go back to the House for an up or down vote or whether there will be a conference committee to work out compromise language. More on this soon.

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  1. Anonymous's Avatar
    Seems like the Senate including Republicans support the Legal Immigration. Its the Democracts ,esp Harry Reid not platforming legal immigration bills to favor the legalization of the Illegals in the CIR.
  2. George Chell 's Avatar
    I hope the House extends the three provisions. It is the right thing to do, especially regarding widows.
  3. kavitha's Avatar
    Hello Greg,

    Any chance of getting the nurse bill attached to
    hr 2892. Both republicans and democrats have introduced a nurse bill (one for h1B and other for 20,000
    EB3 visas each ear for three years). If not with this bill do you expect any movement with Health Reform Bill or the international nurses have to wait for CIR as and when it get passed>
  4. George Chell 's Avatar
    I hope they do something about nursing shortage..train more (not likely in this era of budget cuts) or import more. In Singapore colonoscopy costs $680US at the most expensive private hospital whereas here in the US that figure is close to $3,700. The health insurance told me, that I would be paying more out of pocket ($1,800)if I performed it in the US than my air fare and co-payment combine ($1,550). Pretty sad state of affairs!
  5. John's Avatar
    I dont think Democrats (specially Harry Reid) have courage to introduce NURSE SHORTAGE amendment, having veto proof majority (kind of), they are scared to death with REPUBLICANS. Democrats dont want to deal with Nursing Shortage and/or legal immigrant issue, unless they fail in CIR (illegal immigration issue).

    I know they have plenty on their plates and President wants Health care done by August Recess, but why cant they try to get Nursing Shortage and/or visa recapture done with this appropriation, I think Democrats need to tackle legal immigrant issue first and then move on to CIR. Wake up HARRY the REID....
  6. George Chell 's Avatar
    "I dont think Democrats (specially Harry Reid) have courage to introduce NURSE SHORTAGE amendment, having veto proof majority (kind of), they are scared to death with REPUBLICANS."

    Dont know why. Most in the GOP want to do something about nursing shortage without spending a penny..which means more visas for nurses...except of courst the three racts stooges..Sessions, DeMint and Vitter, and their racist amen corner at the CIS and FAIR, who are more concerned that more non-white Filipinas would come in rather than white Latvians or Russians..I also heard they are decrying mail order brides from Asia, particularly the Philippines which they fear will change the complexion of this country just like that country club operation in Philadelphia fears that blacks in their swimming pool will alter the complexion of their club!
  7. analytical's Avatar
    Hi greg
    Any chances of nurses shortage bill being attached to hr2892
    why do we need to wait CIR for unused visa.Cant it be tackle before CIR.
    Thanks
  8. John's Avatar
    Is DOS thinking of dumping Visa Bulletin on Saturday? I think it was suppose to come out today, anyway it wont have any good news but just wondering. ..
  9. analytical's Avatar
    It is already out.Bad news for EB3 as earlier
  10. analytical's Avatar
    sorry it was of 2008, I misread the bulletine from trakitt website.
  11. guest's Avatar
    Again nothing attached for nurses who are foreign born. Not to mention for all those nurses who are froeign born but graduated from US schools! What is going on? Why does it seem that noone cares about introducing and passing ammendments for nurses who are so badly needed in the US health care?
  12. George Chell 's Avatar
    "Again nothing attached for nurses who are foreign born. Not to mention for all those nurses who are froeign born but graduated from US schools! What is going on? Why does it seem that noone cares about introducing and passing ammendments for nurses who are so badly needed in the US health care?"

    That is why health care costs escalate and I walk away from the US health care and go to Singapore for medical check-up and treatment! I pay less if I went there including air fare and health care expenditures than I would if I went to a US doctor.

    Visa Bulleting for August 2009...

    http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_4539.html
  13. guest's Avatar
    George it is always nice to read your posts. You just seem like a very pleasant person. Conrad30 gets pushed throu, investor visas also. How about nurses? When nurses get green cards wouldn't you consider them investors to a certain degree? They would quickly get home loans, car loans, contribute to local economies. Seems like the Government does not seem that. Also some of these nurses would have to sign up with unions as well since some of the hospitals are unionized, therefore unions would get more members too. What does it seem to be a problem in regards to that?
  14. George Chell 's Avatar
    "George it is always nice to read your posts. You just seem like a very pleasant person. Conrad30 gets pushed throu, investor visas also. How about nurses? When nurses get green cards wouldn't you consider them investors to a certain degree? They would quickly get home loans, car loans, contribute to local economies. Seems like the Government does not seem that. Also some of these nurses would have to sign up with unions as well since some of the hospitals are unionized, therefore unions would get more members too. What does it seem to be a problem in regards to that?"

    It is an issue of money. Fewer nurses higher pay. However, it also means higher costs, which means I cannot afford to pay..so I fly to Singapore.

  15. Conrad's Avatar
    Conrad 30 extension is a band aid. It happens every couple of years after lobbying and hand wringing. I wish they had not added it. We need the expansion of the program passed, as in the new Conrad bill. If they pass a simple extension there will be no need to consider the revised program. Doctors on J1 will be sent to under served areas and then left to rot waiting a decade for Green Cards (at least those from India and China - > 40%). Such are the workings of Congress.
  16. Jim's Avatar
    Many Internationally-Educated Nurses who all have 'documentarily qualified' cases and just waiting for visa numbers to open up and US-educated foreign nationals who have exhausted their OPT already are applying either to Canada and Australia.

    Those who are thinking to start to apply for the US are now thinking to just skip it altogether because the previous batches can't get visas themselves so why would they waste their their time and money as well for nothing ??

    If visas for nurses don't open up soon, or given too late these nurses would have already settled in other countries already. Once settled, the percentage of those still willing to pursue their cases to the US will be very low.

  17. kavitha's Avatar
    I agree with you Jim. When US deparately need nurses in future neither foreign educated or US Nurses will be available. While it will take five to ten years for US to create domestic Nurses, it will alson take at least two years for the hospitals and staffing companies to train the nurses for IELTS, NCLEX, Visa Screen and then immigration processing. Even if a legislation is passed now for 20,000 nurses for next years, I would wonder whether 20,000 qualified nurses will be available and willing to travel to US.

    Let us hope the law makers will address the Nurse Bill quickly, otherwise not only the International Nurses will suffer but the US as well.

    I spoke to various friends in India and realize that more than 25% of NCLEX qualified Nurses have already moved to Australia, Ireland and New Zeland. Another 25% have already started their process for either European countries or Australia/New Zeland. I read a blog of Chris where he says the EB3 is likely to aggressively move next year. He may be right because, as you said, many may not be interested in US Green Card anymore.

    The Nursing Unions will also be at a loss. The need a change fr nurse-patient ratio. Unless they agree to bring in foreign nurses now how do they expect this change. Simple increase their wages cant change the availability of Nurses in USA
  18. Jim's Avatar
    And look at this newly released poll conducted by the American Nurses Association from March 2008-June/July 2009 (coincidentally the peak of the recession) :

    http://healthnewsdigest.com/news/National_30/Seven_of_10_Nurses_Report_Insufficient_Staffing.shtml

    The numbers are frightening. I wonder if the AARP have seen this poll already ?? Not too re-assuring.

    This is also before the pandemic scare. If there will be a deadly 2nd wave (hopefully not), we already know that a good number of health care professionals would not even report for work. A few will probably also abscond as well once they and their family members get their first 1-2 shots of the vaccine since healthcare workers will probably be given the first jabs first.

    And the ones that only returned to work because of the recession?? They are probably the first ones to get out first once the economy improves and/or the pandemic turns for the worse. They got out on relatively better conditions, no reason they won't get out again just as easily when the economy improves or the pandemic turns for the worse. Same with nurses that only went full-time now even though they are career part-timers only (just for the benefits).

    I'm not scaring anyone. Just describing the very real possibilities and some facts.

  19. A PT's Avatar
    Check this link out

    www.cfr.org/publication/19556/us_immigration_policy

  20. A PT's Avatar
    Addendum, this link directs to the artcicle by CFR favoring legal immigration

    http://www.cfr.org/publication/19743/broken_immigration_system_risks_serious_damage_to_us_national_interests_warns_cfr_task_force.html

    I hope the lawmakers do read such articles & news reports to have some sense driven into their narrow minds.
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