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Immigration Reform with regard to Health Insurance

The Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani informs that the current immigration politics in USA finds a lot of inter-relation with the healthcare issues. It is a non-profit and non-partisan forum located in Washington. Basically, the health insurance reforms are greatly influenced by the politics concerning immigration. There are over 12,000,000 immigrants who live, work and raise their children in America but, are lacking in adequate citizenship rights due to the flaws in the immigration system.

The public health insurance systems like Medicaid and Medicare excludes the ineligible immigrants from its reformed benefit allocation system. This calls for the need of adequate documentation that will help these immigrants to come to the mainstream of the health insurance set-up. Effective methods needs to be thought of and rearranged, so that 11 to 13 million Americans who do not hold driver’s license, passport of birth certificates do not end getting hauled up in the process.

Legal immigrants and the children born to immigrant parents are affected by the existing rules that exclude them from obtaining coverage in the health insurance system. In fact, as opined by a few bodies, ignoring the immigration status can be considered acceptable only when every legal resident and tax-payer can have easy access to insurance coverage. Although, immigration and health insurance are separate department, their inter-relation might well influence the upcoming immigration laws.

Haim Saban: One of the richest American Media Proprietors

Haim Saban was born on the 15th of October, 1944 in Alexandria, Egypt. His present net worth is an estimated 2.8 billion US dollars and has attained the hundred and second position amongst the richest Americans. He is an acclaimed television and media proprietor. He had to undertake a pretty long immigration journey. After the 1956 Suez War, Haim accompanied his family to Israel from his motherland Egypt along with numerous other belonging to the Egyptian Jewish community. The family went bankrupt in 1975 and shifted base to Paris, France. In 1983, he finally moved to Los Angeles and is a resident of the Beverly Hills, California.

His career began as a concert organizer and music promoter while he was in Israel. When he was in France, he got involved in the introduction of the Japanese anime and the sentai TV series. He was responsible for t he production of the scores and the opening themes for the UFO Robot Grendizer and Candy Candy. He continued the same work when he arrived in America and began his odyssey towards emerging as a millionaire by becoming a television producer through laying the foundation of the Saban Entertainment in the year 1988. Then, with the purchase of the Kirch Media Group in 2003, for a whopping $5.7 billion, Haim was finally able to prove his point as a successful immigrant.

The DOMA Repeal Bill offers equal protection to the same sex couples under the existing immigration laws

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in 1996, had the same sex couples who were lawfully married, subject to discrimination. There were 91 co-sponsors who took active initiative to introduce the Respect for Marriage Act, in the House of Representatives. The President of the Human Rights Campaign, Joe Solmonese stated in a press release that one of the vital protections with regard to the same-sex legally married couples under this Respect for Marriage Act, is that, they should be awarded “equal protection under U.S. immigration laws”. This bill can prove to be landmark legislation for American citizens as well as their non-American same-sex spouses.

You will find that under the current immigration laws, the same-sex bi-national couples are not allowed to enjoy the same immigration rights as that of the spouses of the American citizens or the lawful permanent residents of the country. In the whole of America, there is a growing support to bring about an end to this sort of discrimination. The Congress has already brought about the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) and the Reuniting Families Act, which targets to end this discrimination and allow the same-sex partners to attain permanent resident status through the amendment of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The objective is to bring in the ‘permanent partners’ within the purview of these above mentioned Acts. Senator Schumer is drafting this comprehensive immigration legislation.

The extended filing period for the H-2B visa program widely applauded

The filing period for the H-2B visa shall be reopened by the USCIS for the current fiscal year 2009. This H-2B visa is of great help for those foreign workers who visit the US in order to work in a non-agricultural position at a temporary status. This of course, occurs when a US employer sponsors them. In order to avail of this opportunity, the immigrants would require some amount of cooperation from the US employers too. They need to express that there is a prevalent dearth of work force in the US, which makes the hiring of foreign labor essential. The occupational sectors like education, construction; healthcare, manufacturing, food service/processing, resort/hospitality and landscaping require the most immigrant talents. The US employers are simply required to file an application for temporary labor certification to the US Department of Homeland Security that they would like to sponsor a foreign worker.

 

If the petition for the H-2B visa gets approved by the USCIS, the immigrants also have the option to apply for the H-2B visa from his nearest US consulate. This will allow the immigrant worker to enter the US and work for his employer.

 

The filing period for the H-2B was terminated by January, 2009 but, the Department of State had issued just 40,640 H-2B visas and about 25,000 visas were left unissued. However, the H-2B visa petitions ought to be completed before the end of September 2009. This process can be completed through the premium processing.

The sponsor of the Immigration Nationality Act – Sen. Edward Kennedy

The United States underwent a radical change the year Sen. Edward Kennedy became a sponsor to the Immigration and Nationality Act, 1965. This acted as a launching pad for his political career too. Prior to 1965, no immigrant could land at the united states apart from those from the Western Europe. As observed today by a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts, the legislation did away with the operational discriminatory quotas. It resulted in family reunification being the principle reason for immigration as observed in the current times. Loads of people from Latin America to Asia came into America and one can observe that the 10 million foreign-born populations climbed up to a whopping 30 million within the following four decades.

This resulted in an immigration chain, where the wife followed along with the children and then the parents, later on followed by the extended family and even friends and acquaintances. Then, those who were entangled in the immigration enforcement laws and people who were residing in America in an illegal manner also obtained great help from this senator. Some 361 immigrants were detained in a factory raid. In 2007, Kennedy visited New Bedford to visit these detained families and later on he succeeded in convincing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department to issue special guidelines with regard to the immigrants who had children. Although, he was working with Sen. John McCain to introduce a bill that would have helped some 12 million immigrant families, it failed.

H-1B Visa: Abuse or Advantage?

It has been a long drawn debate over the H-1B visa and is still continuing. The whole of America is heating up with this fresh bout of debate over the H-1B visa. Many groups which are opposing the very concept of the H-1B visa are of the opinion that the visa should be cancelled with immediate effect. They are of the opinion that people from outside the country are coming with the help of H-1B visas, they are taking away the jobs that the Americans should have got.

This is just one side of the debate. The pro-H-1B groups are up in arms to ensure that the visa continues as it is and they are also trying to ensure that the administration gives some more facilities with this visa. The groups have sighted many examples, starting from Sergey Brin of Google, to Steve Chen of YouTube, from Jawed Karim to Andrew Carnegie, who are all immigrants and who have all participated in the growth and development of America. The successful immigrants list will go on and on and everyday new names are being added, such as Vikram Pandit and Indra Nooyi.

President Barack Obama is expected to chair a high level meeting and has promised the pro-H-1B visa groups that he will ensure that the immigration reforms are put in place as soon as possible. But the debate does not seem to end there.

Changes expected in the Visa regimen in the US

The White House is all set to play host to an important meeting that is expected to discuss the much awaited immigration reforms, which have been delayed due to many unforeseen setbacks. The basis of the meeting is the various reforms that President Barak Obama wants to introduce. It is expected that the introduction of these reforms will take some time but there will be not much difficulty in putting them through.

Experts are of the opinion that the President will not have to lose his sleep on these reforms. But the reforms are expected to bring about certain changes in the US immigration policy and this may block the path for many UK candidates to come and work in the US.

The bulletin released in the month of August by the US Department of State notifies that there will be some changes in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for the employment-based permanent visas. In the present moment countries of the EU fall under the EB-1 category and many more countries are expected to be added in the EB-3 category. But the exact time frame for all these changes has not been fixed as yet.

The present global recession has also had an effect on the number of applicants wanting to travel to the US for jobs. A downfall in the number of applications has been observed all through the year.

Will the Immigration Bill heat up the proceedings in the Congress?

Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) who is the chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee of the senate is expected to bring in a bill which aims at introducing new reforms in the existing immigration laws of the land. It is also expected that President Barack Obama will be supporting the efforts of the senator, as he has been trying to ensure that the illegal immigration is reduced to as much as possible.

The immigration bill is expected to heat up the autumn sitting of the Congress and is also expected to bring forth many unexpected truths about the whole immigration policy of the country.

Off late, the Obama administration has been trying to ensure that the inflow of the unskilled illegal immigrants be effectively controlled and replaced by a planned inflow of skilled legal immigrants. The immigration reforms bill intends to do exactly that. But, the details of the bill are not yet available in the public domain.

President Obama and Senator Schumer might find this prospect as a pretty difficult one to get through. The bill is slated to face a lot of opposition, as there is a strong lobby of the immigrants of various countries, especially those from the Asian countries. It is to be seen how the Senator and the President plan their moves and ensure that the immigration bill sails through the Congress as quickly as possible.

The Status Application is important if you wish to avoid immigration hassles

This is particularly important for the religious workers. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has called for the special immigrant religious workers who are still awaiting their petition for Amerasian, widow(er), of Special Immigrant, in accordance with the Form I-360. Their filing for the application with regard to permanent residence of Adjustment in Status is required to complete all the formalities within the 31st of August, 2009 through Form I-485.

This is a serious reminder issued by USCIS due to the content of the publication that came under the U.S. Department of State. One can refer to the September 2009 Visa Bulletin, where it is stated that the visas for employment with regard to the fourth preference category will no longer be available from the 1st of September, 2009. The special immigrant religious workers come under its purview. A suitably filed Form I-485 that is based on either the pending or approved Form I-360 seeks the classification of the special religious immigrant workers into the following categories: minister (SD-1), non-minister (SR-1), or I-485 applications that are in concurrence with the I-360 petitions, within the specified date.

Those immigrant religious workers who do not fall under the purview of the September 30, 2009 sunset date and who fail to file their applications before the August 31st, 2009, need to wait for the fourth preference in order to seek an adjustment of their status.

Your immigration cases can now be checked readily

A new set of instructions has been issued by the U.S Citizenship and immigration services. Prior to making an official enquiry, check the status of his case from USCIS.gov. The details will be available once you click on the Case Status Online button and you enter the application receipt number.

The typical processing schedules can also be obtained from here. If a judgment on your immigrant petition or application is overdue, you also get to know facts regarding these details. An immigrant can also enquire about that status of his case by calling the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) at (800) 375-5283. It is necessary to provide the receipt number and the ‘A’ number or Alien registration number over here. It is advisable to stay ready with a pen and paper as the NCSC representative takes the call. You need to note down the officer’s name or ID number, the date and time of the call along with the Request Referral Number, that is, if you are provided with one.

If the immigrant fails to receive any result with a span of one month, he could e-mail his case to the USCIS Service Center. This information gets noted on the filing receipt or the correspondence form that you receive from the USCIS-EAC, if you opt for the Vermont Service Center, SRC for the Texas Service Center, LIN for Nebraska Service center and WAC for California Service Center.