The White House has announced that President Obama will proclaim the executive actions he will take on immigration tomorrow night at 8pm eastern. Proponents of business reforms should expect to be disappointed as it is not believed that he will take any action to address retrogression. However, it is expected that he will extend the STEM OPT period for US graduates.… Continue reading President Obama to announce Executive Action on Thurs. Nov 20th
Recently, President Obama made remarks indicating that he wanted to make the H-1b program more efficient as part of the Executive Action that he has promised to deliver in light of Congressional inaction on immigration reform. His remarks immediately drew the ire of Senator Grassley who opined that the H-1b program should have a labor market test attached… Continue reading Senator Grassley Upset Over the H-1b program…… again !
If you are interested in learning more about the political voices that are influential in the CIR debate, here is a nice concise article.
HLG will host its annual Immigration Update seminar in the NYC/NJ area on Fri. Aug 22nd. The seminar is primarily designed for staffing cos. in the IT and engineering sectors but, many of the topics will be relevant to any company that employs H-1b workers. Mike Hammond, Cadence Moore, and Lisa Galvan will be speaking. The… Continue reading Immigration Seminar in NYC/NJ on Aug 22nd
Senator Sessions (R-Ala) a long-time and outspoken opponent of the H-1b visa and any increase in the H-1b quota or an increase in legal immigration, hosted a policy discussion last week to denounce any increase in the H-1b cap. The premise of the discussion was that there were plenty of unemployed US workers with STEM… Continue reading Senator Sessions holds anti-H-1b meeting
In the days since the USCIS announced the large number of H-1b cap petitions filed this year, numerous articles have been written on the topic discussing the need for immigration reform and an increase in the number of H-1b’s available each year. Here are a few to read: BloombergBusinessWeek ; Computerworld; and our friend and fellow… Continue reading More on the H-1b cap
Today, the USCIS announced that they received approximately 172,500 H-1b cap petitions. The lottery was completed today and 85,000 lucky petitions were selected for further processing. The remaining 87,500 rejected petitions will be returned. We expect to start receiving receipts and rejections in the next week. Premium processing of cases is expected to start no later than… Continue reading 172,500 H-1b cap cases filed
The H-1b cap filing season officially opens today and the USCIS once again expects a lottery with the end result being that literally tens of 1000’s of professionals, some of them holding US graduate degrees will be rejected and told to go home ! As this unfolds, tech leaders from the Silicon Valley have made a… Continue reading H-1b lottery, CIR, and Silicon Valley
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has once again reached out to Congress to advocate for CIR specifically urging action to insure that the U.S. has access to the top talent the world has to offer.
On Tuesday night, President Obama gave the annual State of the Union address and immigration and CIR were not featured very prominently and that may be a good sign. If you did not catch the address, here is what President Obama said about the need for immigration reform, “Finally, if we are serious about economic… Continue reading State of the Union Address Hope for CIR ?
Yesterday, a group of House Democrats announced that they have developed their own version of a CIR bill which incorporates some elements that have already been supported by House Republicans. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.