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DHS Reforms To Attract And Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

Seems the Administration is now committed to help keep skilled immigrants in the United States. The Shah Peerally Law Group PC applauds the efforts. However we believe more can be done to this effect.  This appeared on the DHS.gov website.

Release Date: January 31, 2012

The President is deeply committed to fixing our broken immigration system so that it meets our 21st century national security and economic needs. As a part of comprehensive immigration reform, the President supports legislative measures that would attract and retain immigrants who create jobs and boost competitiveness here in the U.S., including creating a “Startup Visa,” strengthening the H-1B program, and “stapling” green cards to the diplomas of certain foreign-born graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Together these actions would help attract new businesses and new investment to the U.S. and ensure that the U.S. has the most skilled workforce in the world. In the meantime, the Obama Administration is working to make improvements in the areas where we can make a difference.

As part of these ongoing efforts and in recognition of the one-year anniversary of the White House Startup America Initiative, the Department of Homeland Security today announced a series of administrative reforms which will be completed in the future. These reforms reflect the Administration’s continuing commitment to attracting and retaining highly-skilled immigrants. These efforts are critical to continuing our economic recovery and encouraging job creation.

In last week’s State of the Union, President Obama noted that “Innovation is what America has always been about. Most new jobs are created in start-ups and small businesses.” He also stated in his remarks in El Paso last May, “In recent years, a full 25 percent of high-tech startups in the United States were founded by immigrants, leading to more than 200,000 jobs in America.” Echoing this, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness stated in its recent report, “Highly skilled immigrants create jobs, they donÕt take jobs.” The initiatives described below will serve to make the United States more attractive to highly-skilled foreign students and workers, thereby improving the competitiveness of U.S. companies in the world market and stimulating U.S. job creation.

  • Expand eligibility for 17-month extension of optional practical training (OPT) for F-1 international students to include students with a prior degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Presently, an F-1 student may only engage in optional practical training (OPT) for 12 months. F-1 students who graduate in programs of study classified as STEM can obtain a 17-month extension of OPT as part of their F-1 status if the degree they were conferred is included on the DHS list of eligible STEM degree programs. This proposed change would expand eligibility for extension of OPT by including students with a STEM degree that is not the most recent degree the student has received. Furthermore, because of the dynamic nature of STEM related education and training, DHS will continue to review emerging fields for possible inclusion in the list of eligible STEM degree programs.

  • Allow for additional part-time study for spouses of F-1 students and expand the number of Designated School Officials (DSOs) at schools certified by DHS to enroll international students.

This regulatory reform would allow spouses of F-1 students to enroll in additional academic classes on a part-time basis while their spouse is pursuing full-time studies. Presently, under the current regulation, spouses may only take part-time vocational or recreational classes. Schools would also be given increased flexibility to determine the number of DSOs needed at their institution to meet both the administrative and guidance needs of students.

  • Provide work authorization for spouses of certain H-1B holders.

This proposed change to the current DHS regulation would allow certain spouses of H-1B visa holders to legally work while their visa holder spouse waits for his or her adjustment of status application to be adjudicated. Specifically, employment will be authorized for H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B visa holders who have begun the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment after meeting a minimum period of H-1B status in the U.S. This effort will help retain talented professionals who are valued by U.S. employers and who seek to contribute to our economy.

  • Allow outstanding professors and researchers to present a broader scope of evidence of academic achievement.

This proposed change to the current DHS regulation would increase the types of evidence that employers can submit to demonstrate that a professor or researcher is among the very best in their field. Presently, applicants for the employment-based immigrant visa category of “outstanding professors and researchers” are limited to specific types of evidence listed by regulation. This would allow “comparable evidence” beyond the specifically articulated regulatory list. This change will harmonize the evidentiary standard for this category with the other exceptional ability immigrant visa categories.

  • Harmonize rules to allow E-3 visa holders from Australia and H-1B1 visa holders from Singapore and Chile to continue working with their current employer for up to 240 days while their petitions for extension of status are pending.

This proposed regulation would treat E-3 and H-1B1 visa holders the same as other employment-based H-1B and L-1 visa holders by allowing them to continue employment with their current employer for up to 240 days from the expiration of their authorized period of stay, if a petition to extend their status has been timely filed.

  • Launch Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative

On February 22, 2012, USCIS will launch its Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative with an Information Summit in Silicon Valley, CA, that will bring together high-level representatives from the entrepreneurial community, academia, and federal government agencies to discuss how to maximize current immigration laws’ potential to attract foreign entrepreneurial talent. The Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative builds upon DHS’s August announcement of efforts to promote startup enterprises and spur job creation. The Information Summit will focus on ensuring that immigration pathways for foreign entrepreneurs are clear and consistent, and better reflect today’s business realities. The Summit will include a special recognition of outstanding contributions made by immigrant entrepreneurs to our nation’s economic growth and prosperity. The input gathered at the summit will inform the work of the Entrepreneurs in Residence tactical team, which will bring business experts in-house to work alongside USCIS staff for a period of approximately 90 days. Following the summit, the tactical team will convene in Washington, DC to begin its work. To learn more about the summit, please visitEntrepreneurs in Residence Information Summit.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

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By: Shah Peerally Esq.
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Department of State (DOS) planning to abolish or modify the B1 (Business Visa) soon!

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In response to Senator Grassley letter, the Department of State (“DOS”) is planning to modify or completely remove the B1 visa (Business Visa). The B1 Visa allows individuals to come on business purposes to the United States.
The decision to crack down on the B1 visa follows a complaint by a worker who accused his employer of abusing the B1 visa in order to bring workers to the United States and allowing them to work. Note that a B1 visa does not allow an employee to be paid in the United States. Some companies have found that it is easier to bring their employees on a B1 visa in lieu of an H1B or L1 visa.

 

On one hand, the move is welcome by many because it does not favor fraud or abuses, but on the other, it will have a chilling effect on many companies which are trying to do business with the United States. In a recovering economy, any chance of attracting new businesses and ultimately create new jobs in the United States, should not be undermined by rare situations of fraud. In fact, nothing proves that the majority of the B1 visa holders are actually planning to take advantage of the immigration loopholes.

Although we welcome the decision to “crack down” on businesses abusing the B1 visa, we also urge the Senate, the Department of State, and the Department of Homeland Security to consider the implications of a blanket removal of the B1 visa on the economy.

Our law firm’s commitment to a fair immigration reform dictates that before there is a move to completely remove the B1 visa, the government should find an option for genuine businesses to come and prospect in the United States. We hope sincerely that there will be a fair and just outcome on this matter.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

By: Shah Peerally Esq.
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A new turn in the Tri Valley University(TVU) Saga…

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After the arrest of Susanne Sue (president of Tri Valley University), we were all expecting that the investigation was nearing an end. Unfortunately from the phone calls we are getting from many, it seems that the “saga” is not over. Unfortunately we now are aware that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not only investigating students that were recently enrolled with TVU but also other individuals who were probably merely ‘involved’ with TVU.

ANY PERSON WHO INTERACTED WITH TVU
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As such, if any of you have had some interaction with TVU, please do not be alarmed if you receive a phone call from an ICE agent regarding TVU. Our law firm advises that you call an attorney immediately before you answer any questions. We have extensively discussed about your rights in our “know your rights” article.

DO NOT BE DUPED BY CONSULTANTS TRYING TO MAKE QUICK MONEY ON YOUR UNFORTUNATE SITUATION
Lately we have had some clients calling us about a another ‘scam’ against TVU students. Knowing the desperation of the TVU students, some so-called ‘education/immigration consultants‘ have been taking money from the students and giving them a new I-20. Then, the students were asked to go to another country, for example, Jamaica and come back to get a new student status. While the idea might seem very appealing, its application might be illegal. For one the school might not be genuine, and two paying the “consultant” to take you to Jamaica does not serve an legal purpose.

REINSTATEMENT
The reinstatement process if probably one of the ways you can revive your student visa although you can also leave and travel back to the United States on a new student visa. Unfortunately there is no way to tell if the US Consultate abroad will actually issue the new visa. For this reason, we advise caution in leaving the United States. For any reinstatement assistance call us on 510 7425887.

The above is provided for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney-client relationship is created by this article. One should not act or refrain to act purely based on the information provided.

Information provided above is for educational purposes only.  One should not act or refrain to act solely based on the information provided.  You should consult an attorney to assess your case before proceeding.

Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV.  Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee.  He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under  the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).

For updates follow us on Radio, Facebook, Twitter ,LinkedIn and Youtube

Listen to the Shah Peerally Law Live Show  every Monday from 12pm to 1pm and Friday 12pm to 1am - KLOK 1170AM

We have serve the community with dedication and compassion

Attorney Shah Peerally also deals in debt settlement. For more information call us on 510.742.5887 and visit us on www.YourDebtSettlementAttorney.com

By: Shah Peerally Esq.
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