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December 10, 2005

Continued Advocacy Needed for H-1B and Retrogression Relief!

We expect the House and Senate to conference the budget reconciliation bill before the December 17 adjournment. 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 taking place, and we must 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 10, 2005 11:53 AM


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