What’s Next for Immigration ?

The reality is that no one knows what is next for immigration after this era of anti-legal/restrictionist immigration policies from Trump and Stephen Miller but, its always fun to speculate. For some interesting ideas check out this list of proposals from the Cato Institute. For those of you unfamiliar with the Cato Institute, it is… Continue reading What’s Next for Immigration ?

Another Immigration Bill Introduced

In a time honored tradition designed to foster votes in the upcoming election, we are seeing yet another immigration bill offered, this time by Rep. Issa from the San Diego area. The bill primarily changes the rules impacting dependent users of H-1b employers and changes the threshold wage for exemption from $60,000 to $100,000. Just… Continue reading Another Immigration Bill Introduced

H-1b Visas in the spotlight at Disney

In a story sure to get the attention of legislators in Washington D.C., and in my humble opinion rightly so, The New York Times ran a story today about H-1b workers being placed at Disney and the U.S. workers they were replacing being required to train them. The story was picked up and ran on… Continue reading H-1b Visas in the spotlight at Disney

President Obama Announces Extensive Reform to US Immigration System

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of measures that will reform our immigration system. While some of these provisions do not relate to employment-based immigration cases, there are several items that will provide clarification and relief for employment-based cases. Many of the specific details about how these changes will be implemented… Continue reading President Obama Announces Extensive Reform to US Immigration System

A Sign of Things to Come?

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a procurement request for over 34 million work permits and green cards. This would be well above their normal levels.  This has caused Republicans to speculate that President Obama is readying a sprawling executive order to drastically change the immigration laws. Don’t hold your breath. USCIS… Continue reading A Sign of Things to Come?

U.S. History of Providing Temporary Immigration Relief

The American Immigration Council recently released a chart that shows that many U.S. Presidents have used their executive power to remedy immigration issues that they found to be unjust. Since 1956, every U.S. President has granted some form of temporary immigration relief to at least one group that was found to be in need of assistance. Some… Continue reading U.S. History of Providing Temporary Immigration Relief

Immigration Reform: One Year After the Senate Approved the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”

One year has passed since the Senate approved the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” In June of 2013, hopes were high that comprehensive immigration reform would become a reality. One year later, these hopes seem misplaced. The Washington Post recently reported that lawmakers on both sides don’t believe that immigration reform will be… Continue reading Immigration Reform: One Year After the Senate Approved the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”

Cargill to Outsource IT Jobs to India

The StarTribue recently reported that Cargill, a giant in the agribusiness world, has announced that it will outsource a portion of its information technology services to India. This will affect 900 jobs worldwide, including 300 in the Twin Cities. These jobs will be outsourced to Tata Consultancy Services, a large IT outsourcing firm in Mumbai,… Continue reading Cargill to Outsource IT Jobs to India

Who became a Permanent Resident in FY 2012 ?

The DHS recently released a report which provided statistics on the characteristics of persons who obtained permanent resident status in FY2012. these statistics highlight the need for the reform of our legal immigration quota system. Only 4% of persons who became permanent residents had advanced degrees and only 12% came under the employment based categories EB1, EB2,… Continue reading Who became a Permanent Resident in FY 2012 ?

Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) Comments on H-1b cap

Both IT and health care staffing companies  have traditionally been major users of H-1b visas.  Due to the recent prediction by the USCIS of the H-1b quota for FY 2014 likely being reached in the first week of filing,  many staffing companies are concerned that the artificial restrictions being placed on hiring of the best candidates possible will harm their growth… Continue reading Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) Comments on H-1b cap

Support for reforms

Over the past week, several groups have expressed public support for improvements in our legal immigration system and have touted the benefits of increased legal immigration. These include a wide range of advocates including: NYC Mayor Bloomberg teaming with Silicon Valley leaders,  a group of Midwestern business leaders, and a conservative Republican group. We remain hopeful that relief… Continue reading Support for reforms