In his Opening Remarks as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced that Senate Bill No. 9 (S.9) will be Comprehensive Immigration Reform. As HLG’s Blog readers know, last term’s Senate actually passed CIR. Sen. Reid and the Democrats in the Senate have been strong supporters of CIR, as have the moderate Republicans. Sen.… Continue reading SENATE BILL NO. 9
On Thursday January 4, 2007, the new Congress will be sworn in. Immigration reform is a hot-button issue. We’re optomistic that a new Schedule A green card allocation can happen within the first two months of 2007. Nevertheless, the undocumented worker issue will overshadow the Schedule A issue.
The New York Times has a lengthy article outlining the prospects for a 2007 immigration bill. While it doesn’t mention a specific provision targeted at nurse and PTs, HLG has spoken with Washington DC people “in the know” who assure us that Schedule A relief is on the agenda. If we don’t get a chance… Continue reading WHAT THE 07 BILL MIGHT LOOK LIKE
While news out of Washington DC is slow right now (as is always the case at year’s end), HLG is hearing that there is already a movement afoot to push Congress to get a small recapture bill passed within the first 10 weeks or so of 2007. Over the course of the spring Congress will… Continue reading 2007 PLAN
The 109th Congressional session has concluded without enacting legislation to increase H-1B or employment-based immigrant visas. Successful immigration related legislation included: An extension of the Conrad 30 program providing J-1 waivers for physicians A “re-authorization” of the H-1C category Legislation authorizing P visa eligibility for certain athletes rather than the current problematic H-2B visa category… Continue reading LAME DUCK CONGRESS COMES UP LAME FOR H-1B AND IMMIGRANT VISA/ RETROGRESSION RELIEF
In the waning hours of this year’s Congress, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas has launched an effort to pass the SKIL Bill, says the Houston Chronicle.
It’s looking unlikely that Congress will allow any omnibus funding bills to pass with earmarks for things like retrogression relief. (The “Do-Nothing Congress,” as some of you readers/commentors have correctly called them). That having been said, there is still a chance that the GOP leaders change their mind and allow an omnibus bill with earmarks.… Continue reading CONGRESS BACK IN SESSION
The House and Senate get back to Washington DC on Tuesday, December 5. This will be the final session for the Lame Duck period. Depending on how much progress they are making, the session could last for just a few days or continue for most of the month. Here are a few rumors that we… Continue reading LAME DUCK RUMORS
There has been some talk in our Comments section about the SKIL Bill. It remains the best hope for people seeking an elimination of retrogression for Schedule A workers — registered nurses and physcial therapists. Here is a quick summary so that everyone can familiarize themselves: 1. Market based H1 cap AND no cap for… Continue reading SKIL BILL
The results are in and the Democrats have taken the House and will likely take the Senate (the Virginia Senate race is still too close to call, but the Democrat is ahead). This will surely mean good things for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and for Schedule A relief. It is still too early to specifically say… Continue reading DEMOCRAT BLOWOUT
On November 1, 2006, the Department of State enacted retrogression for Schedule A nurses and physical therapists. In response to a number of inquiries that HLG has had, we are offering this Retrogression FAQ. Please feel free to distribute it to your employees, friends, and colleagues. Let us know if you find it helpful. If… Continue reading RETROGRESSION FAQ