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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

Section by Section Summary of the SKILLS Visa Bill (the Republican House Judiciary Committee Skilled Worker Bill)

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Daryll Issa was given the task of producing a high skilled worker bill for the series of piecemeal immigration measures being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. It's a mixed bag - stingy when it comes to green card numbers and less onerous when it comes to H-1B employer restrictions. It deals with some problems ignored in the Senate bill (such as giving E-2 nonimmigrants a green card path and including nurses and doctors in the STEM definitions). Overall, if you could swap the S.744 H-1B section for this one, keep the Senate's green card cap provisions and then blend the rest of the bills together, you would have a pretty good high skilled worker system.  


 


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  1. matt's Avatar
    Greg, thank you much for the summary of the bill with effective dates of implementation. Would doing away with the country quotas enable eligible EB applicants to file I 140 & I 485 concurrently, apply for EAD and then wait on the PD to be current for the GC with the passage of this bill in the current form.

    I do not understand why Physical Therapists were left out of STEM as the all current entry level PT programs are Doctoral degrees (DPT). Further more, Nurses and PT's fall under the same program area 51 in the DOE (CIP 2000); Health Professions & Related Clinical sciences which includes MD, DO and DDS along with other allied healthcare professions. The CIP was last updated in 2000 (long overdue for an overhaul).
  2. USC's Avatar
    More opposition to the National ID card:

    http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20130526/OPINION/305269988

  3. HillDemWhoHasSeenItAll's Avatar
    Including nurses and doctors in the definition of STEM is just breathtaking in its ignorance of what STEM means. That was clearly drafted by a lobbyist and/or immigration lawyer who has zero STEM background. Medicine and nursing are NOT STEM fields. Doctors and nurses may have to take a number of courses in STEM disciplines to get their M.D. or nursing degrees, but "medicine" and "nursing" are NOT themselves STEM disciplines; they are CLINICAL disciplines/professions. Some doctors, particularly those with advanced degrees in specific scientific fields, go into scientific research - e.g. virology, cytology, genetics - that affect medicine, but medicine itself is NOT a STEM field. Same for nursing. The insistence that medicine and nursing should be made "STEM" fields is just plain stupidity. The goal would more honestly be achieved if "medicine" and "nursing" were separately included, SEPARATE from STEM fields, as degree programs eligible for self-petition uncapped Green Cards or whatever the benefit in question may be.
  4. Greg's Avatar
    Um, where exactly are nurses covered in the Isaa bill? Where in the four words that comprise the STEM acronym is a limit to research and not clinical applications of one's scientific knowledge? Issa defined the term to suit the country's immigration needs. And to say the health sciences are somehow not real sciences is highly insulting to members of a few if our most noble professions.
  5. USC's Avatar
    Greg, is right, Doctor's are part of STEM. The last time I checked Biology along with Physics & Chemistry was considered a "Hard Science." See below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_and_soft_science

    Q.E.D.

    Semantics aside, you should be supporting multiple paths to immigration instead of quibbling over whether Doctor's are scientists.
  6. matt's Avatar
    Would doing away with the country quotas enable eligible EB applicants to file I 140 & I 485 concurrently, apply for EAD and then wait on the PD to be current for the GC with the passage of this bill.

    Anyone have definite answers to this?
  7. matt's Avatar
    "you should be supporting multiple paths to immigration instead of quibbling over whether Doctor's are scientists."

    Totally agree with it, with the Affordable Care Act coming to effect next year, there would be a shortage of healthcare professionals in the US. I'm pretty sure the nursing category was added due to immense lobbying.
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