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EB3C集体诉讼进展简报(截至2010年10月中旬)

posted May 27, 2012, 7:41 AM by Frank Lin
9月27日,西华盛顿州联邦法庭对li v USA案开庭。作原告的审前动议,及被告的撤案申请进行了庭辩。在当天的庭辩中,法官的提问着重围绕联邦法庭对此案件的判决权限、判决的可行性,以及援引典型案例的适用性展开。庭辩记录已公布。

庭辩结束二周后,政府递交了一份SUPPLEMENTAL BRIEF,大意为两点:
  1. 2000年和2005年Recapture的13万和5万名额用完了
  2. Recapture要国会通过。例举了议员和USCIS的Ombudsman话 “These visas go out of existence and cannot be recaptured except by an act of Congress。”
我方律师准备这样回复:
  1. 从1997到2006年还有216,000名额可Recapture。
  2. 议员的一句话不是法律。我方聘用当年USCIS的Ombudsman作专家证人指出:
In my 2008 Ombudsman Report, I state that absent special legislation, such as the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (“AC21”), unused visa numbers cannot be reclaimed.  Where the demand for visa numbers is low and not all visa numbers are used because there are not sufficient applicants, that is correct.  Thus, for example, if there are 140,000 EB visa numbers available in a given fiscal year, and there are only 100,000 EB applicants, then the additional 40,000 EB visa numbers cannot be recaptured except through special legislation.  However, where the demand for visa numbers exceeds the supply of visa numbers available for a given year, and where the visa numbers available are not used because the agency fails to process applications, a court can order that the visa numbers be recaptured.

This would be consistent with Congressional intent.

我方律师建议法庭从往年Recapture名额中补偿EB3C的损失,意义在于把216,000用COURT ORDER开一先例,此案若能胜诉,以后援引此案例,用各种范围和理由的诉讼Recapture名额,不仅仅限于EB3C。

这次回应付律师费$2000,专家证人费约$2500。支付这一回合后,捐款尚余$5000多,还够下一个回合。欢迎大家捐款,支持该诉讼,在法庭上与DOS&USCIS见分晓。

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