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November 01, 2007

House and Senate to Conference Appropriations Bills that Include H-1B Fee Hike Amendment

House and Senate appropriators are tentatively scheduled to convene a conference on Thursday, November 1st to combine the Defense, Military Construction-VA, and Labor-HHS-Education appropriations into one single bill.

One of the issues with which legislators will have to contend is whether or not to remove the Grassley-Sanders amendment (H.ADMT. 3396) from the Labor-HHS appropriations bill (H.R. 3043) which would add an additional fee of $3,500 to the H-1B visa program. AILA strongly opposes the additional fee. See Take Action below for a menu of options you can pursue to help register your opposition and the opposition of your clients to this fee hike at www.aila.org

Looming over any progress made during the conference, is the veto threat President Bush issued over most appropriations passed in the House and Senate this year, often citing spending levels as the reason.

Posted by VisaLawyer at November 1, 2007 10:09 AM


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