Re: [SJMN] Workers left in limbo by INS

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From: Ciamac Cyrus Moallemi (
Date: Mon Jan 31 2000 - 10:59:40 PST

At 01:02 PM 01/31/2000 , Joachim Feise wrote:
>I usually don't post complaints about the INS here, for various reasons.
>But this article sums it up pretty nicely.
>And in addition, I am affected by this stuff as well. Because of the INS
>processing delays, I will have to leave the US in about 1/2 year, maybe
>It's just all a big nightmare.

Having gone through the green card process for people who worked for me, I
recall a provision for people of "exceptional ability" which eliminates a
lot of the nastier paperwork and accelerates the process down to 18 months.
You don't quite need a Nobel Prize, either, I think evidence of achievement
in terms of journal papers, recommendations, membership in professional
organizations, maybe an award or two, etc. is sufficient. I would think
this would certainly apply to Linus Torvalds.

What really pisses me off is the quota system underlying US immigration
policy. If you are coming from a place like Cuba, there is almost no
hassle. On the other hand, an immigrant from China or India with
significant skills and economic potential will face a much more difficult
process. It's stupid from a purely economic standpoint, if not just plain

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