Murthy Law Firm & TANA Pushing for Congressional Help on Vital Immigration Issues07 Oct 2015
The Murthy Law Firm and the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) have joined forces to push members of Congress to intervene on two crucial immigration issues: the implementation of a new rule to reauthorize the STEM optional practical training (OPT) program; and pressuring the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to revert to the original version of the October 2015 Visa Bulletin.
TANA is a nonprofit organization that works to identify and address the social, cultural, and educational needs of the North American Telugu community. The Murthy Law Firm has worked closely with TANA over the years to address a number of immigration challenges.
Members of TANA recently met with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who seemed receptive to the concerns regarding the STEM OPT program and the revisions to the October 2015 Visa Bulletin. Mrs. Gabbard requested information regarding what has occurred and the impact these two issues are having on the immigrant community. Per TANA’s request, the Murthy Law Firm sent a letter to the congresswoman, providing her with a brief overview of what has transpired and what she can do to help resolve the problems.
For the STEM OPT issue, the Murthy Law Firm explained to Mrs. Gabbard that, on October 2, 2015, a new proposed rule to address the scheduled cancellation of the program was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This is one of the first steps in the federal rulemaking process, so progress is being made on this front. Still, the Murthy Law Firm and TANA are encouraging Mrs. Gobbard to pressure the DHS “… to make this issue a priority and ensure that the rule is reimplemented prior to the February 12, 2016 deadline.”
The injustices created by the revisions to the October 2015 Visa Bulletin are a more difficult matter to confront, if only because neither the DOS nor the DHS seems interested in cooperating. The Murthy Law Firm and TANA are asking Mrs. Gabbard to work towards “… having the DHS and the DOS directed to stand by the initial October 2015 Visa Bulletin.”
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