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Live Thread For March 19th Listening Session

Discussion in 'General discussion about executive action' started by Ron Gotcher, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    I'm stuck on hold, waiting to get in.
     
  2. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    They have started. The moderator started by reminding everyone that the preliminary injunction in the Texas case does not apply to legal immigration reform.
     
  3. s_gan

    s_gan Super Moderator

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    looks like both recapture and counting out dependents is off the table.
     
  4. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    Kevin Cummings (Chief of the Business and Foreign Workers Division of USCIS) began the presentation. He said that the USCIS is working on the following

    • Parole for talented entrepreneurs
    • Clarification of NIW requirements
    • Amend regs to allow benefits to workers with approved I-140s
    • EADs for workers with I-140s approved for an unspecified period of time
    • Clarify standards and make it easier to change employers
    • Resolve L1B standards
    • He then asked a series of questions for public comment.
     
  5. Jonty Rhodes

    Jonty Rhodes Active Member

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    Looks like so :(
     
  6. asdk

    asdk New Member

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    Recapture and counting out dependants will not and cannot be done without Congress - this was my understanding.
     
  7. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    The overall tenor of the questions seemed to indicate a restrictive mindset. For example, he asked a question about concerns that employers have about employee job portability. He also asked whether the USCIS should publish a form to pre-adjudicate job transfers under AC21.
     
  8. Ron Gotcher

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    Those aren't USCIS issues.
     
  9. Rick D

    Rick D Active Member

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    Sorry I am stuck at work and cannot dial in. Did they say explicitly that recapture/dependents was off the table, or simply didn't mention it?
     
  10. Ron Gotcher

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    They didn't mention it and I don't think they will. That is a State Department issue.
     
  11. h1bperm

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    Any tentative timeline when this will become effective - particular on 140-EAD?
     
  12. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    He said that they are working on regulations, but he didn't identify the specific subjects.
     
  13. GeorgeCostanza

    GeorgeCostanza Guru

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    As usual, vague answers.
     
  14. montyp80

    montyp80 Junior Member

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    So is 'visa re-validation'. Now only if we know what DOS recommendations/report look like.

    Also, USCIS has submitted their recommendations to WH.

    And someone just talked about 'refunding' SS contributions made by h1b holder during their stay in the US while leaving US to go back to home country...wait what????
     
  15. Kamakazee

    Kamakazee Super Moderator

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    Ron, I did not understand this - USCIS submitted their recommendations to the WH as did the other agencies?? So its not like a report made available to the public but submitting recommendations to the WH? What happens after that? Will WH release those recommendations?
     
  16. asdk

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    Any hints on 'immediate' actions to provide relief( to support executive action) other than 'regulations' that they are working on?
     
  17. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    No, there is no requirement that those reports be made public.
     
  18. Ron Gotcher

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    Recall what I said about vague comments from the government.
     
  19. mar212011

    mar212011 Well Regarded Member

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    So they are still looking/ taking comments instead of specifying what they are willing to do ?
     
  20. Kamakazee

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    Well, so we do not know what the recommendations are or when or if they will be implemented as per the report. How many times will they ask for the same comments?
     

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