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Immigration Reform Executive Action Announcement by President Obama


It’s coming. Immigration Reform is finally coming in the form on Executive Action. Watch the news tomorrow 8 PM EST.


This country have waited for so many years for this Immigration Reform.

President Obama is taking matters into his own hands due to lack of action from U.S. House Republicans.


Here’s the official Update from The White House

Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at

Most of the nation is waiting for what proposals will be included to deal with Illegal Immigration and preventing deportations.


But, High Skilled immigration community is waiting to hear about proposals that will get rid of long wait times to get green card, H-1B lottery elimination, EAD for H-4 visa holders, etc.

Here’s some possible proposals that President Obama can include for High Skilled Immigration Reforms

  1. Allow applicants to apply for EAD after I-140 approvals ( instead of I-485)
  2. Applicants to get Immigration documents directly from, so employers can’t control the date of workers ( like what IT consultants do now).
  3. Changes to Green Card process, so emploee can change employers and continue with teh process withotu starting all over again.
  4. Allow both spouse to use same priority Date between primary applicant’s Employment Based green card process.
  5. Allow immigrants to start companies and work for their own companies by removing current restructions
  6. Publish EAD for H4 visa holders rule.
  7. Recapture ununsed Green Card from past years.
  8. Don’t count all family members for Visa numbers.

That’s some of the possible proposal Legal High Skilled Immigration community is expecting President to include in his Executive Action on Immigration Reform.

I will update this thread as we get more updates about Presidents Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform.

Who will this impact?

Pretty much any high skilled immigration who are in USA and planning to study in America or work in America. Are You excited about this news?

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Next – Read the Obama’s Announcement about Immigration Reform

Updated : I will be recording a video interview about President’s Announcement on Friday with Immigration Attorney. Post your questions after watching the event tonight at 8 PM here in the blog.


  1. Era on November 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    I think F1 Visa holders will not get any benefit from it,as we are legal non- immigrants and bill will benefit to only illegal immigrants,its really weired,illegal ones will be benefited but not legals.

  2. Raghuram Sukumar on November 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Interesting proposals for High Skilled like EAD for H4, Increasing grace period, expanded premium processing, make F and other visa dual intent. We have to wait and see how many of this make it to Obama’s proposal.

  3. Aravind on November 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Thanks for updating the issues of immigration reform.
    I am on f1 visa , going to apply for OPT in jan 2015 .. I am curios to know that if the immigration reform comes in to legal action, will there be any chance to increase in H1 quota or Atleast increase in OPT time for another extra 29 months for STEM grads.
    Especially as there is lt of demand for H1b visas , I would like to know if there is an increase from 65000 to 120000 or 180000

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Increase in H1B cam be done only by congress, not by Obama. But, he can extend OPT period or include other fields in OPT.

      • Aravind on November 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        So, do u think congress can be able to implement this policy any by near future?
        What do u think from your side?

  4. immigrant on November 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    The press talks about undocumented immigrants. But not about the highly skilled category you listed. I wonder if those items are even on the agends. Now the H4 EAD was rolled out for opinion vote earlier. Wonder if that could be part of this. The rest of the items are not even talked about? Also did you ABC new memo leaked?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM

      Legal Immigrants make up like 500,000 and most of them vote for Democrats. 11 Million is bigger vote bank.

      I didn’t read the abc leak. Can you share the link?

  5. Hari on November 20, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    I am a prospective MS student and would be completing masters by next 2 years. My 3 questions are…
    1. As a student aiming to probably do an intern or work, how beneficial is this news to me?
    2. Related to my work, if I continue to work there how easy would it be to get a green card?
    3. Is there a plus for international students like us with regards to our visa processing here, job oppurtunities there?

  6. Barla Vineeth on November 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Hi, I am a student and i want to apply for the MS program for the fall 2015. After that I am planning to work in US.
    How this news will be helpful to me?

  7. Edit on November 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I wonder if there will be any change to avoid the H1B lottery.

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I doubt there will be changes to avoid lottery.

  8. Ayrus on November 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Hello, I am a student who wants to apply for the MS or Ph.D program in Physics for the fall 2015.Later I am planning to work as a assistant prof, prof in University in US.
    Sir, How should I act on this news?

  9. Anon Techie on November 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I have no high hopes for this announcement that’s pending tomorrow. Having followed this debate as a political watcher (not from the perspective of an immigrant who’ll be the beneficiary), I’ll be pleasantly surprised if tomorrows reform is anything other than increasing the H1b visa quota.

    Hope for the best. Prepare for disappointment 🙂

    • Raghuram Sukumar on November 20, 2014 at 7:13 AM

      As for legal immigration is concerned Obama can make changes and even one change will make a huge bet. Plus, some changes will not be controversial, because they are interpretation by USCIS.

      Plus, he can’t increase H1B Cap, but extend OPT period or provide STEM Extension for other fields.

      12 more hours.

      • Anon Techie on November 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        true. Even one of the eight points you have listed, if enacted, can make a huge difference.

        If Obama enacts all 8, and if I go on to become a citizen in US, I’ll vote for the party Obama vouches for 😉

        We’ll know in less than 10 hrs.

        • Raghuram Sukumar on November 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM

          Obama is always going to vouch for Democrats. I’m 100% certain of that. 🙂

    • Optimist on November 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      It sure looks like there is disappointment waiting again for who ever waiting to hear some good news to reduced wait times for green card. An article published in WSJ mentions that recapturing unused visas in previous year’s is not legally justified. It mentioned that there is something for entrepreneurs and something for students who graduated from US universities.

      Now I have lesser hopes that wait times for green card process may be improved by any executive action now or later. Wait might continue for the legislative action which again seems unlikely in the recent future.

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