Hello and welcome to the November 2005 Immigration Newsletter!
There has been a lot of activity on the immigration front during the past few weeks. With President Bush reiterating the need for a comprehensive immigration reform and the lawmakers proposing a variety of different measures to implement it, everyone is keeping a close watch to learn what would finally be in store for them.
While employers are waiting for the final package providing relief from H-1B blackout and employment-based (EB) immigrant visa retrogression, job-seekers are looking for a Temporary Worker program as proposed in various bills introduced in the Senate. Immigrants currently staying illegally in the U.S. are hoping for an Adjustment or a Guest Worker program that would allow them to legalize their stay in the U.S.
Our In Focus article this month traces the various pro immigration measures that are under consideration at various levels before the lawmakers and the likely activity in the next few months.
I was informed by our technical team that Immigration Monitor is received by over 75,000 subscribers every month. I feel elated to know that I have thousands of friends across the world. All this happened in just 3 months since we launched. Thank you all for your support and encouragement.
I have a special favor to ask. You see, in order to ensure that we’re meeting the needs of our subscribers, it’s helpful to get feedback from people like you.
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As part of our effort to make your newsletter more interactive, we have introduced a new section – Questions and Answers. If you have a short, simple query on immigration to the U.S., send your questions to us. We will select and answer a few of the queries in every issue.
This month we focus on H-2B visas for seasonal or one-time employment. Our Industry Perspective article outlines the benefits, requirements and the application process of H-2B visas and the need of such a visa program in the present day scenario for the U.S. economy. The article also explains how H-2B workers could help rebuild communities damaged by the hurricane Katrina.
A lot of our friends have asked us to write about the issues involved in marrying a US citizen. This month’s Immigration Article explains the options available for U.S. citizens to bring their fiancée or spouse into the U.S.
Do you know that you can share your experiences and timelines at various stages of your K-1, K-3 and H-1B visa process with others who have completed or are waiting to pass that stage? Visit Immigration Trackers today, and post the timeline related to your petition so that you can compare your timeline with others, and help others plan their petition process.
Congratulations to Anuja Paranjape for winning the Immigration Quiz for October. This time too the competition was tough, but her answer was concise and comprehensive.
Over 81% of the participants in Your Opinion, our monthly opinion poll, said that work visas do not take jobs away from Americans. Don’t forget to participate in this month’s poll.
We have just introduced audio messages in many of our web site layouts to enhance the user experience of the visitors to the VisaPro web site. I encourage you to turn on your speakers now and visit various layouts on the VisaPro web site to enjoy the lovely audio messages. This is only a beginning!
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See you after Thanksgiving with more from the immigration front.