Members of Congress Urge Action Following Visa Bulletin Fiasco30 Oct 2015
In response to the unjust changes made to the October 2015 Visa Bulletin, sixteen members of Congress have signed on to a letter sent to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry, urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “…implement regulatory changes that would benefit high-skilled workers waiting in the United States for immigrant visa numbers.” The letter asks for new regulations that would (1) grant the beneficiary of an approved I-140, and the foreign national’s derivative dependents, the ability to apply for employment authorization documents (EADs); and (2) allow the I-140 to remain valid if the beneficiary moves to “… a new job that is in the same or similar classification …”
A number of prominent organizations and individuals, devoted to helping the immigrant community, have been pushing for congressional action related to the visa bulletin fiasco. In fact, the Murthy Law Firm has partnered with the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) on this front. Earlier this month, we sent a letter to Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, urging her and other members of Congress to intervene. To her credit, Congresswoman Gabbard was one of the cosigners of the letter sent to Mr. Johnson and Mr. Kerry. See the MurthyBlog entry, Murthy Law Firm & TANA Pushing for Congressional Help on Vital Immigration Issues (07.Oct.2015) for more information on our work with TANA, related to the October 2015 Visa Bulletin.
A tremendous number of foreign workers are forced to endure excruciatingly long wait-times to become lawful permanent residents (“green card” holders). The Murthy Law Firm applauds this initial step taken by these members of Congress to work towards improving how the U.S. immigration system treats these highly skilled, much sought-after, prospective immigrants who are contributing to America, and only trying to live out their American dream. We will continue to pursue various avenues to address these problems and provide updates on MurthyDotCom as new information becomes available. Subscribe to the MurthyBulletin to receive weekly notifications of all immigration news, including updates on any steps being taken to improve the lives of foreign workers in the United States.
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