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11/23/2021 Issue
Happy Thanksgiving!

        A few days ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Bill to enact President Biden’s domestic program called BUILD BACK BETTER. This is a huge program covering many important areas, including changes in immigration law, what many people call PLAN “C”.
           But this is only Step 1 for Plan “C” to become law. It still must be passed by the U.S. Senate.
           Even before it is brought to a vote in the Senate, the famous PARLIAMENTARIAN must agree that these IMMIGRATION changes can be included in a Budget Reconciliation Act. After that, all the Democratic Senators must vote for it.
           So, we must wait for Step 2 and Step 3 to materialize.

           Plan “C” is not a grant of Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) status, no Green Cards, and does not provide a path for citizenship. It is like an “expanded” DACA program. Participants are granted status as PAROLEES, meaning: permission to stay and work in the U.S. and travel out and back in, and apply for Adjustment of Status (Green Card) if they have a sponsor to petition for them (a close family relative or a qualified U.S. employer.)
           The grant of PAROLEE status is temporary, for two periods of 5 years each (which will probably be extended forever).
           ELIGIBLE would be those who entered the U.S. before January 1, 2011 (eleven years ago) and stayed since then.
           NOT Green Cards, NOT American citizenship – but I believe that this is good enough for millions who would enjoy these benefits. IF-IF-IF it finally becomes law.


           The Wall Street Journal reports that the shortage in NURSES is so bad that available nurses are now getting a yearly salary of more than $81,000 or $1,600 per week.
           And it has to be remembered that for many nurses a work-week is 3 or 4 days of long shifts. With OVERTIME and other bonuses the annual income of a registered nurse (RN), could be well over $100,000.
           It means that for a foreign NURSE the effort to get a Green Card is worth it. And if the nurse has difficulty in passing the required EXAMS, it is possible to get a Green Card through an offer of a position that does not include PATIENT CARE and does not require a LICENSE. Such an offer does require a LABOR CERTIFICATION through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), but so what?


           Another occupation that developed a great shortage is TRUCK DRIVERS. This is not easy work, especially long-haul trucking (driving big rigs for hundreds of miles), but it provides good income
and a prospect of becoming an independent businessman: have your own company and own one-or-two-or three trucks (if you can find DRIVERS for all of them).
To get a Green Card, or an Immigrant Visa, as a TRUCKER, you need an offer of employment from an American company, based on your experience. The procedure begins with Labor Certification through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and ends with a personal INTERVIEW at the U.S. Consulate in the country where you live.
           The timing? For most applicants, between 18 to 24 months, and you get a “bunch” of Green Cards for yourself, your spouse and your minor children.


           What sin did the Sheriff commit?
           He cooperated with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the Federal agency that arrests and deports non-citizens, AKA “undocumented aliens”.
           Since 2017, California has a law that prohibits the use of state personnel or state funds for immigration ENFORCEMENT purposes. But Sacramento’s Sheriff’s department apparently did not hear about this law - or did not believe in it - and its personnel kept advising ICE when they were about to release a Sheriff’s detainee who was an undocumented alien. ICE would then come and re-detain those people.
           Now the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) of Northern California sued the Sacramento Sheriff about these violations of state law.
           Stay tuned.


           The U.S. Department of State (U.S. DOS) just published that it had cancelled all guidelines to U.S. Consuls about prioritizing immigrant visa interviews.
           From now on, every Consulate can establish its own priorities about interviews for visa applicants.
           Is this a better system? Wait and see.
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