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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Retrogression update: CIR Bill is on 80 - 20% chance to be passed

From The Washington Post:

"Eighty - Twenty!" said an upbeat Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the key players in the talks, giving strong odds of a deal he said could be announced as early as Wednesday.

In a hopeful sign for a potential deal, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., postponed until Monday a vote that had been scheduled for Wednesday on bringing up an immigration measure that passed the Senate last year.

If this bill is passed, nurses are removed from their visa quota. Thus no retrogression until year 2017.

Here is the context regarding nursing shortage under Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill


(a) Exception to Direct Numerical Limitations- Section 201(b)(1) (8 U.S.C. 1151(b)(1)) is amended by adding at the end the following:`

(F)(i) During the period beginning on the date of the enactment the STRIVE Act and ending on September 30, 2017, an alien--

`(I) who is otherwise described in section 203(b); and`

(II) who is seeking admission to the United States to perform labor in shortage occupations designated by the Secretary of Labor for blanket certification under section 212(a)(5)(A) due to the lack of sufficient United States workers able, willing, qualified, and available for such occupations and for which the employment of aliens will not adversely affect the terms and conditions of similarly employed United States workers.

`(ii) During the period described in clause (i), the spouse or dependents of an alien described in clause (i), if accompanying or following to join such alien.'

.(b) Exception to Nondiscrimination Requirements- Section 202(a)(1)(A) (8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(1)(A)) is amended by striking `201(b)(2)(A)(i)' and inserting `201(b)'.

© Exception to Per Country Levels for Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based Immigrants- Section 202(a)(2) (8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)), as amended by section 502, is further amended by inserting `, except for aliens described in section 201(b),' after `any fiscal year'.

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