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The President's Proposed Executive Actions To Streamline Legal Immigration

Discussion in 'General discussion about executive action' started by Ron Gotcher, Apr 24, 2015.

  1. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    This isn't anything new, but I thought it might be useful to restate the list of proposed executive actions found at www.whitehouse.gov, some of which have already been done:

    The President's Executive Actions to Streamline Legal Immigration

    Reducing barriers for immigrant entrepreneurs and innovators.
    DHS will expand immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who meet certain criteria for creating jobs, attracting investment, and generating revenue in the U.S., to ensure that our system encourages them to grow our economy. The criteria will include income thresholds so that these individuals are not eligible for certain public benefits like welfare or tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.

    Providing portable work authorization for high-skilled workers awaiting LPR status and their spouses.
    Under the current system, employees with approved LPR applications often wait many years for their visa to become available. DHS will make regulatory changes to allow these workers to move or change jobs more easily. DHS is finalizing new rules to give certain H-1B spouses employment authorization as long as the H-1B spouse has an approved LPR application. [Partially complete]


    Strengthening and extending on-the-job training for STEM graduates of U.S universities.
    In order to strengthen educational experiences of foreign students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at U.S. universities, DHS will propose changes to expand and extend the use of the existing Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and require stronger ties between OPT students and their colleges and universities following graduation.

    Streamlining the process for foreign workers and their employers, while protecting American workers.

    DHS will clarify its guidance on temporary L-1 visas for foreign workers who transfer from a company’s foreign office to its U.S. office. DOL will take regulatory action to modernize the labor market test that is required of employers that sponsor foreign workers for immigrant visas while ensuring that American workers are protected. [Done]


    Reducing family separation for those waiting to obtain LPR status.
    Due to barriers in our system, U.S. citizens and LPRs are often separated for years from their immediate relatives, while they wait to obtain their LPR status. To reduce the time these individuals are separated, DHS will expand an existing program that allows certain individuals to apply for a provisional waiver for certain violations before departing the United States to attend visa interviews.

    Issuing a Presidential Memorandum on visa modernization.
    There are many ways in which our legal immigration system can be modernized to reduce government costs, eliminate redundant systems, reduce burdens on employers and families, and eliminate fraud. The President is issuing a Memorandum directing an interagency group to recommend areas for improvement.


    Ensuring that individuals with lawful status can travel to their countries of origin.
    DHS will clarify its guidance to provide greater assurance to individuals with a pending LPR application or certain temporary status permission to travel abroad with advance permission (“parole”).

    Creating a White House Task Force on New Americans.

    The President is creating a White House Task Force on New Americans to create a federal strategy on immigrant integration. [Done]


    Promoting citizenship public awareness.
    DHS will launch a comprehensive citizenship awareness media campaign in the 10 states that are home to 75 percent of the overall LPR population. USCIS will also expand options for paying naturalization fees and explore additional measures to expand accessibility, including studying potential partial fee waiver for qualified individuals.

    Ensuring U.S. citizens can serve.
    To further our military’s needs and support recruitment efforts, DHS will expand an existing policy to provide relief to spouses and children of U.S. citizens seeking to enlist in the military, consistent with a request made by the Department of Defense.
     
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    soopergal Guru

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    Ron, how can we find out if the "Task Force" has given any recent updates to administration? Is this something we can request?
     
  4. Ron Gotcher

    Ron Gotcher Attorney at Law

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    You can make a FOIA request.
     
  5. cuckoo

    cuckoo Super Moderator

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    Does anyone have a printed copy of this white house webpage? The White has scrubbed it without trace.
     
  6. DonDraper

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    The president is streamlining illegal aliens to future Democratic Party votes
     
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    It looks like the first 2 Recommendations are yet to be implemented!


    https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/final_visa_modernization_report1.pdf
     
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