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  • Nov 5 - Will STEM Take Root?

    Comment: Will STEM Take Root? -
    Comprehensive immigration reform, while it is constantly in media, seems far from becoming a reality. Roll Call reports here that the latest talks in regard to such reform have revolved around high-tech visas to be given to graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics [STEM] from American universities. In October, members from the offices of House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) met to reach some sort of bipartisan agreement in a final effort to pass legislation in the 112th Congress. The proposed plan is to reallocate 55,000 green cards from the visa lottery program to STEM graduates; however, the presidential election taking place tomorrow has proven to cause difficulty in coming to a compromise. The uncertainty of the outcome has caused a likely equivocation for members of the two parties. After President Obama recently announced that he would push harder for comprehensive reform if elected for a second term, Democrats are hesitant to come to a compromise in November and December for high-tech visas because, in relation to an all-inclusive reform, just a certain type of visa is merely a small part of the whole. Meanwhile, if Mr. Romney is elected, Republicans will be less likely to come to a compromise in November and December as, in January when Mr. Romney would take office, they would be able to easily negotiate legislation that is more appealing for the party. Regardless of how hesitant either party might be to come to a compromise and pass legislation for high-tech visas, it is still commendable that the two parties have found the common ground of allowing visas for STEM graduates. With the amount of resources invested in educating these graduates, it is a shame that they are seemingly being forced to travel to other countries and finding employment with competitors because they are unable to attain permanent residency in the US. In light of the elections tomorrow, compromise is plausible but is it possible? Share your thoughts on this final attempt to pass high-tech visa legislation by writing to editor@ilw.com.

    Article: Yes He Can: A Reply To Professors Delahunty and Yoo by Cyrus D. Mehta and Gary Endelman

    Blogging: Immigration's NannyStateGate: Picking EB-5 Winners and Losers by Angelo Paparelli

    Blogging: EB-2 For Physical Therapists by Chris Musillo

    Blogging: Carmen Cornejo of Dream Act Arizona by DACA Field Report

    News: ICE Announces Charges Against California Employment Agency Owner For Filing More Than 100 False H-1B Petitions

    News: Five USCIS Branch Offices In New York and New Jersey Remain Closed Due To Hurricane Damage

    News: USCIS Announces Temporary Relief Measures For Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy

    News: USCIS Updates Form I-140, New Form Must Be Used As of December 31, 2012

    Today's Obama's Childhood Arrivals Promise Graph

    Focus: Following the trend: E-verify and Electronic
    Tuesday, November 6 is the deadline to sign up for the Thursday, November 8 phone session of " Advanced Topics in I-9 and E-Verify " with Addie Hogan, Tiffany Hill, Nici Kersey, Avalyn Langemeier, Mehreen Shah, Julie Pearl and others to be announced The curriculum is as follows:

    e. E-verify
    i. Advantages and disadvantages
    ii. Employer responsibilities
    iii. Federal contractors
    iv. Self-verification and the IMAGE program
    f. Electronic Verification systems
    i. I-9 software. Is it worth it?
    ii. Best practices to make the most of electronic verification systems

    Tuesday, November 6 is the deadline to sign up. For more info, including speaker bios, detailed curriculum, and registration information, please see: Online: here.
    Fax form: here.

    Headline: APHA12 Lesson: For most immigrants,immigration policy is health policy Click Here
    Headline: Letters of the Week: Nov 5 - Nov 9 Click Here
    Headline: Immigration Consequences Of Criminal Convictions Click Here
    Headline: Election 2012: Economy, Immigration and the Role of Government Click Here
    Headline: 'Open the borders to skilled migrants', civil service chief says Click Here
    Headline: Young Immigrant, Newly Fearless, Ponders Future Click Here Headline: Undocumented immigration: why eyes will be on Maryland this Election Day Click Here

    Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
    Washington, D.C. - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy is seeking for an experienced paralegal to join its Washington office. An ideal candidate must have 2+ years of experience in all aspects of business immigration; be able to manage caseloads with a large degree of independence; communicate with clients regarding procedural and case processing issues; update and maintain client status reports; prepare bills; and serve as a team resource. Competitive salary and benefits for the right candidate. Apply for this position by navigating to the Careers section of our web site www.fragomen.com. Please attach to your application a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample, in Word or Adobe format only.

    Help Wanted: Immigration Professional
    Nashville, TN - Immigration Law Office is seeking a Case Manager. The ideal candidate must be fluent in Spanish, able to problem-solve and patient with people from other cultures. This is a full time position. Salary DOE plus vacation time, other paid benefits. Email CV/Resume, cover letter to Sean@MusicCityVisa.com.

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