Many Hoping Election Means Movement For High-Skill Immigration

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Numerous U.S.-based companies are publically stating that they hope the Obama administration will turn its focus to immigration reform. Large companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft have openly called for the H-1B visa program, pushing highly-skilled foreign-born workers, and for a lessening of the restrictions on the intra-company transfers of foreign-based employees to U.S.-based offices, known as L-1 visas. The company Microsoft has begun advocating for new $10,000 H-1B visas.

Immigration reform for both illegal residents and high-skilled workers is at the forefront of the immigration issues both Congress and the Obama administration will have to hammer out, along with the looming budget deficit. But many lawmakers are unsure how to approach immigration reform, when illegal immigration remains a hot-button issue. Though it is possible Congress will work toward resolving high-skill immigration issues, it has long been a high-visibility issue in Washington, with little change. The last large push for comprehensive immigration reform was during President George W. Bush’s reign in 2007. President George W. Bush together with Senator Ted Kennedy teamed to map out a bill to work on how to manage the country’s undocumented residents, tighten border security issues and open up the high-tech foreign workforce, but buzzwords like “chain migration” and “pathways to citizenship” hit a bipartisan wall, and nothing meaningful was done.

Issues facing comprehensive immigration reform include how to work out the details of the DREAM Act, how to decide which highly-skilled tech workers should be placed, and how to weigh both family-based and employment-based immigration. There is some hope: some Republicans and Democrats are teaming together to draft a new employment-based visas plan for foreign college graduates with STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) degrees. Last month, the House of Representatives voted on a bill which failed mostly for internal reasons, but may soon be back for reconsideration. The push for an influx of a creative, innovate workforce to help develop intellectual property to boost the U.S. economy and invigorate the tech sector has never been more important. For companies large and small, the addition of more highly-skilled workers are needed to meet the constant demands of the tech industry.

Peter Muller, Director of Government Relations and Immigration Policy at Intel Corporation, recently stated that Intel advocates for legislation which will provides additional STEM visas for their new employees and U.S.-based foreign employees. Those foreign-born employees typically must wait years and sometimes decades to get permanent work status, and they have proven to generate, on average, three new U.S. jobs with their skills.

A. Banerjee is a Houston immigration lawyer in Texas. Before selecting an immigration lawyer in Houston Texas, contact the Law Offices of Annie Banerjee by visiting their information filled web site at http://www.visatous.com.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform has New Post-Election Spotlight

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The 2012 Presidential election has put into sharp focus how important comprehensive immigration reform is to the U.S. Latino population. The Republican party, critics say, must now reexamine how the party will approach immigration reform if they want to retain a significant number of Latinos going forward. The record Latino turnout to vote for President Barack Obama gave a massive margin and win for the incumbent Democratic president.

As Kansas Senator Jerry Moran stated, it is increasingly clear that, for Republicans to even get close to the majority again, they have to examine how they approach issues important to minority and Latino voters. And there may be a slight sea change; top House Republicans were reportedly examining small immigration changes recently, including altering some visa rules to allow a number of highly educated, tech-based workers into the U.S.

Meanwhile the onus is on President Obama to make good on his promises to the Latino community. “The Latino giant is wide awake, cranky and taking names,” stated Eliseo Medina, a leader of Latino mobilization during the election and the secretary-treasurer for the Service Employees International Union.

President Obama has publically stated that he believes immigration reform will be addressed within the next year, with a broad proposal launched in early 2013.

Obama had stated during his first term that he would introduce a bill on comprehensive immigration reform, but he did not follow through. He later stated that he could not garner enough Republican support. In early 2012, Obama launched the DREAM Act to allow young immigrants who met certain criteria to stay in the U.S.

Vice President Joseph Biden has stated that he believes the next four years will show major reforms in immigration policy. Latino activists have been demanding a sweeping immigration bill not unlike the one Congress tried to pass in both 2006 and 2007, one that Republicans called an “amnesty bill” and that proved divisive for both parties.

With the Latino votes overwhelmingly going to the Democratic party in this latest election (Republican Mitt Romney only received 27 percent of the Latino vote), the U.S. Latino population has shown it has become a political force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, the topic of immigration reform communities to be a bipartisan hot button issue.

A. Banerjee is a Houston immigration lawyer in Texas. Before selecting an immigration lawyer in Houston Texas, contact the Law Offices of Annie Banerjee by visiting their information filled web site at http://www.visatous.com.

Immigration for New Businesses

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The Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas, recently said, in a speech at MIT that the Obama administration realizes that immigration process is bad for new business /entrepreneurs and is working to make it better.
The Obama administration in keeping with their party line, has been far worse than the previous administration on business immigration.  ( And yes, I am a democrat).  In 2010, the administration issued an inane memo about employers “directly controlling” their employees.  When people, including ex Congressman who helped draft the H-1B bill complained, the CIS started selectively using that memo for H-1B from Computer Consulting industry and not other industries. Where is the rule of law, Mr. President?  Additionally,  the approval depends on the whim of individual officers rather than any objective criteria. I know its hard to create an objective black and white rule about businesses which will last, and others which won’t, but the CIS should be able to have some of that “direct control” over its employees.
I understand that there is a lot of fraud. Employers may bench employees for some time. However this is the reality of their business. Why not let the market place solve this issue?  It amazes me that change/extension of status is so hard for employment based visas.  Yet these people entered legally and is highly educated.  Why not defer action them, and show some mercy to people who are actually working in high paying jobs and paying taxes?
Business Immigration is an issue that both Republicans and Democrats can agree on.  These immigrants are not illegal, educated with at least a Bachelor’s Degree or higher, bring in money, or work and produce income and is good for the economy.  Last year a bill to do away with country quotas passed with a 97% approval in the House. Yet all democrats voted against the Republican sponsored STEM act in December.  Republicans and Democrats, you wont offend anybody, including your base, by agreeing with each other for once.
Contact Houston Immigration Lawyer, or Houston Immigration Attorney Annie Banerjee, for more information

Immigration Reform Can and Should be done Piece Meal

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At the onset let me make it clear that I am a Democrat.  And a liberal one at that. But today, I applaud the Republicans and perhaps hate the Democrats on Immigration issues. Today the House will vote for the STEM Act. The Stem act does away with the Diversity visa and gives visas to highly qualified Science and Technology Graduates, who are in the country legally.
The Democrats of course think that these Science and Tech grads will become high earning and won’t vote for them. Seriously, Silicon Valley is largely Democratic. But if the Democrats dont do anything for them, maybe Silicon Valley will turn Republican. They Democrats want a huge comprehensive Immigration Act. This is an act for illegals and legals and everyone else.  And this will take time, and may not materialize. The Democrats are also behaving in a high handed manner.  Yes, the country voted Democratic ( for the record I also voted straight party Democrat) for the Presidential election. But the House is still majority Republican. And if the Democrats don’t compromise, then just like the last four years, we will have no legislation.
The Democrats have to answer this:  Would the United States benefit more from a highly qualified Science and Math graduate who was born in say India or China, rather than a High School Graduate born in Africa who will come in with the Diversity Visa. Bear in mind, this country still have a lot of high school graduates (heck we still have a lot of college graduates) still looking for work.
Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues simply cannot be ANTI BUSINESS IMMIGRATION.  Lets face it, the word COMPREHENSIVE means both business and family immigration.  And Immigration is too big an issue to handle all at once.  And lets start piece meal. 
Contact Houston Immigration Lawyer, or Houston Immigration Attorney Annie Banerjee, for more information

Immigration Reform Can and Should be done Piece Meal

By | Houston Immigration, Immigration Policy | No Comments

At the onset let me make it clear that I am a Democrat.  And a liberal one at that. But today, I applaud the Republicans and perhaps hate the Democrats on Immigration issues. Today the House will vote for the STEM Act. The Stem act does away with the Diversity visa and gives visas to highly qualified Science and Technology Graduates, who are in the country legally.
The Democrats of course think that these Science and Tech grads will become high earning and won’t vote for them. Seriously, Silicon Valley is largely Democratic. But if the Democrats dont do anything for them, maybe Silicon Valley will turn Republican. They Democrats want a huge comprehensive Immigration Act. This is an act for illegals and legals and everyone else.  And this will take time, and may not materialize. The Democrats are also behaving in a high handed manner.  Yes, the country voted Democratic ( for the record I also voted straight party Democrat) for the Presidential election. But the House is still majority Republican. And if the Democrats don’t compromise, then just like the last four years, we will have no legislation.
The Democrats have to answer this:  Would the United States benefit more from a highly qualified Science and Math graduate who was born in say India or China, rather than a High School Graduate born in Africa who will come in with the Diversity Visa. Bear in mind, this country still have a lot of high school graduates (heck we still have a lot of college graduates) still looking for work.
Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues simply cannot be ANTI BUSINESS IMMIGRATION.  Lets face it, the word COMPREHENSIVE means both business and family immigration.  And Immigration is too big an issue to handle all at once.  And lets start piece meal. 
Contact Houston Immigration Lawyer, or Houston Immigration Attorney Annie Banerjee, for more information

Immigration Reform Can and Should be done Piece Meal

By | Houston Immigration, Immigration Policy | No Comments

At the onset let me make it clear that I am a Democrat.  And a liberal one at that. But today, I applaud the Republicans and perhaps hate the Democrats on Immigration issues. Today the House will vote for the STEM Act. The Stem act does away with the Diversity visa and gives visas to highly qualified Science and Technology Graduates, who are in the country legally.
The Democrats of course think that these Science and Tech grads will become high earning and won’t vote for them. Seriously, Silicon Valley is largely Democratic. But if the Democrats dont do anything for them, maybe Silicon Valley will turn Republican. They Democrats want a huge comprehensive Immigration Act. This is an act for illegals and legals and everyone else.  And this will take time, and may not materialize. The Democrats are also behaving in a high handed manner.  Yes, the country voted Democratic ( for the record I also voted straight party Democrat) for the Presidential election. But the House is still majority Republican. And if the Democrats don’t compromise, then just like the last four years, we will have no legislation.
The Democrats have to answer this:  Would the United States benefit more from a highly qualified Science and Math graduate who was born in say India or China, rather than a High School Graduate born in Africa who will come in with the Diversity Visa. Bear in mind, this country still have a lot of high school graduates (heck we still have a lot of college graduates) still looking for work.
Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues simply cannot be ANTI BUSINESS IMMIGRATION.  Lets face it, the word COMPREHENSIVE means both business and family immigration.  And Immigration is too big an issue to handle all at once.  And lets start piece meal. 
Contact Houston Immigration Lawyer, or Houston Immigration Attorney Annie Banerjee, for more information

Immigration Reform Can and Should be done Piece Meal

By | Houston Immigration, Immigration Policy | No Comments

At the onset let me make it clear that I am a Democrat.  And a liberal one at that. But today, I applaud the Republicans and perhaps hate the Democrats on Immigration issues. Today the House will vote for the STEM Act. The Stem act does away with the Diversity visa and gives visas to highly qualified Science and Technology Graduates, who are in the country legally.
The Democrats of course think that these Science and Tech grads will become high earning and won’t vote for them. Seriously, Silicon Valley is largely Democratic. But if the Democrats dont do anything for them, maybe Silicon Valley will turn Republican. They Democrats want a huge comprehensive Immigration Act. This is an act for illegals and legals and everyone else.  And this will take time, and may not materialize. The Democrats are also behaving in a high handed manner.  Yes, the country voted Democratic ( for the record I also voted straight party Democrat) for the Presidential election. But the House is still majority Republican. And if the Democrats don’t compromise, then just like the last four years, we will have no legislation.
The Democrats have to answer this:  Would the United States benefit more from a highly qualified Science and Math graduate who was born in say India or China, rather than a High School Graduate born in Africa who will come in with the Diversity Visa. Bear in mind, this country still have a lot of high school graduates (heck we still have a lot of college graduates) still looking for work.
Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues simply cannot be ANTI BUSINESS IMMIGRATION.  Lets face it, the word COMPREHENSIVE means both business and family immigration.  And Immigration is too big an issue to handle all at once.  And lets start piece meal. 
Contact Houston Immigration Lawyer, or Houston Immigration Attorney Annie Banerjee, for more information