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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

AUGUST VISA BULLETIN IS OUT

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Mostly bad news with one important exception bolded below.



Family 1st - No movement except one month advance for Mexico.



Family 2A - Two month jump forward (but Mexico is still unavailable)



Family 2B - Six week advance for everyone except one week advance for Mexico and two weeks for Filipinos



Family 3rd - No movement except one month advance for Mexico



Family 4th - One week advance except two week advance for Mexicans and no change for Filipinos



EB-1 - All categories remain current



EB-2 - All current except India and China. However, those two nationalities jump forward from April 2004 to June 2006!



EB-3 - Skilled/Professional Workers - They remain unavailable



EB-3 - Other workers - The category moves to unavailable (it was January 2003)



EB-4 - Remains current



EB-5 - Remains current



Two month jumps in the Family 2A and 2B categories.

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  1. lfwf's Avatar
    This is exactly like July 07. DOS is trying to ensure every GC number gets used. They could moved the dates slowly...but no! This shows their level of trust in USCIS efficiency. In order to ensure GC usage, the floodgates have to be opened so that there is no excuse wrt to approvable applications. people seem to think this is permamnent or that there are enough remaining GC for the year to cover the IC backlog in EB2 upto 6/06. I think those people live in lala land. Some lucky folks wll get approved now, it will be a lottery, no FIFO. For the rest, the dates will slink back and it will be time to wait for the next big sale! (It's America...of course the sales will be back!!!)
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    If EBs are current, why is it bad news?
  3. lfwf's Avatar
    I do not think it's bad news, except for EB3 India which is in a perpertual state of being stuck in the stone ages. Using every available GC is better than wasting them because FIFO is the holy grail.
  4. EB2-INDIA's Avatar
    GC for the year to cover the IC backlog in EB2 upto 6/06. I think those people live in lala land. Some lucky folks wll get approved now, it will be a lottery, no FIFO. For the rest, the dates will slink back and it will be time to wait for the next big sale! (It's America...of course the sales will be back!!!)

    Posted by: lfwf | July 14, 2008 at 10:36 AM

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    Your assumptions and declarations above are not correct. With DOS deciding to go with horizontal spill over rather than vertical spill over, the plight of EB-2 India and China will continue to improve in the coming months.

    Legislation is badly needed to increase the overall GC numbers to alleviate backlogs in all categories.
  5. jkl's Avatar
    Bad news continues for nurses though with EB3 being unavailable and no non-immigrant visa options available.
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    "Bad news continues for nurses though with EB3 being unavailable and no non-immigrant visa options available."

    Not for nurses. For the patients. Overworked nurses mean I do not want to end up in the hospital in this country. I dont want to end up in a coma or worse. Perhaps that is what Stein and Kirkorian want. Not me.

  7. George Chell's Avatar
    "Bad news continues for nurses though with EB3 being unavailable and no non-immigrant visa options available."

    Not for nurses. For the patients. Overworked nurses mean I do not want to end up in the hospital in this country. I dont want to end up in a coma or worse. Perhaps that is what Stein and Kirkorian want. Not me.

  8. john's Avatar
    I wonder why you dont talk of doctors?. I really don't understand this lobbying behind nurses. docs like most others else take 5-8 years to get to GC(some time takes longer). I can imagine overworked nurses but I cannot go to a hospital if docs are overworked/understaffed. This is the funniest thing I see around.
    None cares about highly educated (atleast in the university for more than half their age) and skilled people who are far behind everyone in the immigration line. For everyone's knowledge A doc who completes an MD after 3&4 stupid exams and three year of residency often are rewarded with a J1(that is if you luckier) and they finally end up as NIW(another five years) in some god forsaken places. They take an average of 5-8 years to get to GC. dont you guys have any sympathy to them. why all these love only to nurses!
  9. paskal's Avatar
    thanks john...appreciate the support :-)

    i have begun my 13th year in the US, completed my 5 years of NIW and relief is still not in sight!

    incidentally, the whole nurses thing is because a quirk in the law has left them with no non-immigrant visa option to work in the US- or at lease a very limited one.
  10. Americaslossiscanadasgain's Avatar
    America's loss is Canada's gain. This is precisely what is happening as Alberta is aggresively pursuing and luring H1s with a promise for permanent residency. Link: http://albertacanada.com/immigration/campaigns/h1b.html
  11. paul's Avatar
    Yeah. I don't get this thing with the nurses. Of course, there are no provisions for them in the law because this is low-skilled labor. Regardless of how many years of training they undergo in the Phillippines, anyone with an Associate's degree in the US can become a nurse.
  12. Greg SIskind's Avatar
    Paul - Your comment about nurses is nonsense. This isn't about who is deserviest. Everyone is fighting for the scraps when this country has plenty of room for nurses, tomato pickers, software engineers and lots of others that are working in areas where we have shortages.
  13. paul's Avatar
    Greg,

    All I'm saying is that it's very easy to get nurses and lettuce-pickers whenever you need them, as long as you offer good incentives. Regardless of how many low-skill workers you deport or mistreat, the moment you start a guest-worker program, they'll be coming back here in droves. There isn't anything mysterious about the nurse's or lettuce-picker's career path, and it doesn't take that much time to train or import them either. So yes, if we need them, by all means we should import them, but we're kind of misplacing our priorities in terms of what problems we should deal with first.

    With high skilled labor, on the other hand, things aren't that easy. If you lose today's foreign-born doctors and PhD graduates (potential researchers and professors), and if they migrate to other countries, it is unlikely you'll get them back very soon. Once they get on the residency or tenure track in some other country (e.g. Singapore, HK, or the EU) or start building their careers somewhere else, they aren't coming back again next year or in a couple of years just because Congress finally woke up and stopped pandering to CHC.
  14. AD's Avatar
    what is Correct Process Flow for I485? We have seen
    What is Process Flow for I485 Processing activities?

    Following few activities, is there any more activies?

    - Application Reaches USCIS
    - Receipt Information data Entry
    - Finger Printing request
    - Name Check request to FBI
    - VISA number Allocation
    - IO case assignment
    - IO Manual review
    - GC Printing request
  15. Sapna's Avatar
    Greg,

    I have been trying to figure out if once the priority date is current does USCIS use the receipt date to process folks that are in the queue?

    Lots of confusion on this topic

    Sapna
  16. jkl's Avatar
    To Paul,

    No one's irreplaceable Paul, It's what the country needs the most that matters not who is waiting in line.
    Doctors and Phds are not a dying breed. The country decides who is needed and when it does need them, there will be plenty of doctors and Phds waiting along with nurses and lettuce pickers to get in.
  17. George Chell's Avatar
    "No one's irreplaceable Paul, It's what the country needs the most that matters not who is waiting in line.
    Doctors and Phds are not a dying breed. The country decides who is needed and when it does need them, there will be plenty of doctors and Phds waiting along with nurses and lettuce pickers to get in."

    Big assumption that quality of the candidates is the same. False assumption. Wating for the country with moron politicians to decide when doctors are needed wont make doctors a dying breed, but it will make us a dying breed, particularly the seniors if shortage of doctors and nurses cause the salaries to go up and the cost of medical care to go up, making profit hungry insurance corporations and their shareholders to drop coverage for many seniors. We will be the dying breed then..by we I mean (the seniors and the infirm). Waiting for these clowns to decide means, in the short run we all will be dead of disabled! We definitely dont want that nonsense!

  18. paul's Avatar
    "The country decides who is needed and when it does need them, there will be plenty of doctors and Phds waiting along with nurses and lettuce pickers to get in."

    True, but you're failing to take cost into account. Training doctors and PhD's here and then sending them back just because "if you allow them to stay, this would send a message to the illegal lettuce-pickers that they're not smart enough" [quoting loosely from recent immigration sub-committee hearing] is not the most effective strategy. And, of course, taxpayers are picking up the tab and bearing the consequences of the political games CHC and their cronies are playing.
  19. George Chell's Avatar
    "True, but you're failing to take cost into account. Training doctors and PhD's here and then sending them back just because "if you allow them to stay, this would send a message to the illegal lettuce-pickers that they're not smart enough" [quoting loosely from recent immigration sub-committee hearing] is not the most effective strategy. And, of course, taxpayers are picking up the tab and bearing the consequences of the political games CHC and their cronies are playing."

    Absolutely right!


  20. jkl's Avatar
    "Big assumption that quality of the candidates is the same. False assumption. Wating for the country with moron politicians to decide when doctors are needed wont make doctors a dying breed, but it will make us a dying breed, particularly the seniors if shortage of doctors and nurses cause the salaries to go up and the cost of medical care to go up, making profit hungry insurance corporations and their shareholders to drop coverage for many seniors. We will be the dying breed then..by we I mean (the seniors and the infirm). Waiting for these clowns to decide means, in the short run we all will be dead of disabled! We definitely dont want that nonsense!"

    But surely if the healthcare scenario is so critical as you make it out to be, then why have'nt any measures been introduced to resolve it. Even the clowns running the govt would know that they need the voters to be alive to hold on to power and yet they have ignored so many remedial bills and amdts. citing flimsy excuses. All I am saying if the country needs certain type of workers so desparately then the legislators would have to do something about it however inept they might be and that is not what is happening right now.
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