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December 03, 2005

Budget Reconciliation Conference Imminent; Continued Advocacy Needed

The House and Senate will meet to conference the budget reconciliation bill in the coming weeks. The Senate bill provides relief from the H-1B blackout and employment-based immigrant visa retrogression in exchange for increased fees on some petitions (for more information, see http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=17969), while the House version provides no relief and imposes a $1,500 fee increase on L visas. Although the conference has not yet begun, informal discussions are already taking place, and it is critical that we continue to build support for the Senate proposal in both chambers of Congress. Remember, this may be our only chance for H-1B and retrogression relief all year! If your clients are affected by the H-1B blackout and green card backlogs, please contact the AILA Advocacy Department at (202) 216-2424 to see what actions they can take. We're relying on your help to see this process through! To send a message to your legislators in support of the Senate proposal, please use this link: http://capwiz.com/aila2/issues/alert/?alertid=8185761&type=CO.

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 3, 2005 11:47 AM


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