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Immigration Daily December 13, 2006
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Where's The Beef

According to a MarketWire news release, "Swift & Company, the world's second largest producer of beef and pork, announced that ICE agents commenced employee interviews at six production facilities in connection with an investigation of the immigration status of an unspecified number of Swift workers." For the full story, see here.

We welcome readers to share their opinion and ideas with us by writing to editor@ilw.com.


Focus

Physician Visas: What You Need To Know Now

FIRST Phone Session on Dec 21, 2006: How to Immigrate as a Physician

  • Credentialing and licensing: What does it take to be a US doctor? (ECFMG, residuary, USMLE)
  • Entering to get credentialed
    • B Visas
    • F Visa - study centers
  • Training
    • J-1 Visa - how to get it (no more researcher to doctor switch)
    • J-2 spouses
    • H Visa - What's really required to be an H-1B resident? Which programs are subject to the H-1B cap?
    • O Visa Can it work for a "training" position?
  • J-1 Waivers
    • HPSAs, MUAs, MHPSAs - understanding shortage areas
    • Which federal government agencies sponsor waivers?
    • I'm a specialist, where can I go?
    • State 30 programs
    • Waiver procedures - nuts and bolts
    • Interaction of J waiver and NIW for underserved areas

SECOND Phone Session on Jan 18, 2007: Hs, Os and Green Cards for Physicians

  • H-1Bs
    • a. Basic requirements
    • Cap issues for MDs
    • Prevailing wage determinations
    • Self-employment
  • Os and other alternative non-immigrant categories
  • Labor Certifications
  • National Interest Waivers
  • Other green card categories

THIRD Phone Session on Feb 1, 2007: Nurses and Legislative Update

  • Nurses
    • Non-immigrant options
    • Green card options - impact of retrogression
    • Credentialing update
  • Legislative Update - The impact of comprehensive immigration reform on health care professions
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Immigration And America's Future
Spencer Abraham, Lee H. Hamilton, et al. articulate a vision that promotes US global competitiveness in the context of post-9/11 security imperatives, while also grappling with many of the technical details that have made immigration such an intractable public policy problem.


News

OIS Issues 2005 Yearbook Of Immigration Statistics
The Office of Immigration Statistics at the DHS presents data on foreign nationals for FY 2005, including those who were granted lawful permanent residence, were admitted into the US on a temporary basis, applied for asylum or refugee status, or were naturalized, and


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Letters

Readers are welcome to share their comments, email: editor@ilw.com (300-words or fewer preferred). Many letters to the Editor refer to past correspondence, available in our archives.

Dear Editor:
When the Amnesty Program of 1986 was implemented, complete with employer sanctions to insure there would be no more continuing illegal immigration to America, there were an estimated 3M illegal US immigrants. The Amnesty Program and its following onslaught of relative petitions clogged the US immigration system and the federal courts for almost 20 years. But employer sanctions were largely ignored by employers and given low priority for enforcement by the government. The result: massive illegal immigration over the next twenty years and an estimated 14M undocumented US persons in 2006. It's shameful that a system of laws has ignored its immigration laws, failed to pass new laws to meet the realities of American's labor shortage, and has created an under-class of people, willing to work, coming to the US because there is work, and employers all too willing to ignore the law and hire them. Today there are other largely unseen burdens created by illegal immigration. The December 11th NYT "Katrina Begets A Baby Boom By Immigrants" article reveals that in wake of Hurricane Katrina thousands of illegal aliens have flocked to the New Orleans, ready and willing to take the abundance of jobs required to rebuild the region. But along with the workers come problems, one being the effect on Louisiana's already overburdened health care system, the result of babies being born to illegal mothers. Many illegal mothers cannot afford to pay for prenatal care or delivery services, creating an unexpected overload on New Orleans's already decimated health infrastructure in a city abandoned by many of its doctors. In the movie "Field of Dreams", the watchwords were, "Build it and they will come." In New Orleans, it appears to be "Come to build it." But then what? When will Congress act to resolve America's immigration crisis?

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

Dear Editor:
Responding to Mr. Salike's letter (12/12/06 ID), the Diversity Visa program is the successor to what was known as the AA-1 visa lottery program, created around 1990 for the express purpose of increasing white immigration, especially from Ireland. With a few exceptions, this visa was limited to Europe. Subsequently, it morphed into the current DV-1 program, which was open to every area of the globe. In its earlier, AA-1 phase, the program contained some of the most liberal amnesty provisions for illegal, but mainly white immigrants, that our immigration law has ever seen. These amnesty provisions were considerably tightened up or eliminated completely when the program changed to DV-1 and went global. The AA-1 amnesty provisions included, not only an automatic waiver for immigration fraud, but an automatic waiver of inadmissibility for people who had been deported. I know this for a fact, because I had a client who was granted both waivers under this program. Now that a much tougher "amnesty" program has been proposed which would mainly benefit non-white immigrants, all we hear are howls of rage and anguish from restrictionistas. Double standard?

Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY

Dear Editor:
DV program can be made as real lottery, participants pay to play, they can buy as many as slots of chance to win and natives of any countries can play and possibly win (see Salike's letter 12/12/06 ID). Winners must demonstrate a high school diploma and they must take online SAT test in basic math, English, science and logic tests if they don't have high school diploma or even if they have ones but in doubt , pass TOEFL by 500 score of paper based test, pass background and medical check up. Winners must pay for visa issuance fees and travelling fees and posses at least USD 5000 for initial living expenses in the USA, must find job and settle without asking welfare assistance in 90 days since arrival. If they don't meet these requirements they must go back in to their homeland for good. We must deny welfare benefits to any immigrants. Why we must oblige to given them free handouts while they haven't contribute anything in taxes to this country ? Good immigrants yes, welfare seekers never.

Robert Yang


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Publisher:  Sam Udani    Legal Editor:  Michele Kim                 ISSN:  1930-062X


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