In a previous post, we discussed some of the ways in which the current partial government shutdown is affecting immigration services. One of the areas that is currently out of operation is the E-Verify system. This system impacts immigrants and U.S. citizens alike.
More than three weeks ago, the disagreement between the executive and legislative branches of our government over funding for a wall between the U.S. and Mexico resulted in a stalemate. Consequently, the president called for a partial government shutdown.
The H-1B visa allows degree-holding professionals in certain specialty occupations, along with a couple of other categories of workers, to live and work in the U.S. for between three and six years. This visa is commonly used to bring in people with certain credentials to fill jobs that are not easily filled by U.S. workers. An H-1B requires a job offer from a U.S. employer who is willing to petition for the worker and submit a Labor Condition Application.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services claims that it is "relentlessly pursuing necessary immigration reforms that move towards a merit-based system," but Congress hasn't yet authorized any changes to the system. Indeed, there is still a great deal of disagreement about what an ideal immigration system might look like.
Since President Trump took office a year and a half ago, the administration has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration—a promise which has caused a great deal of anxiety for undocumented workers across the country. There are growing stories of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers raiding workplaces, in search of undocumented farm laborers, kitchen staff and construction workers—among others.
You want to become a lawful, permanent resident in the U.S., and for that, you need to get a green card. There are many pathways to apply for a green card. You could be engaged to an American citizen. Perhaps you have a close relative who’s a U.S. citizen or green card holder. Maybe you’re eligible for refugee or asylum status.
If you’ve ever watched the Olympics, you’ve probably realized that the United States is an athletic powerhouse. We’re an international leader in many sports, and we recruit top talent from around the world.
There are many types of work visas that one can apply for when trying to come to the United States for a job. Different factors—such as your area of employment, job ranking and any outstanding achievements in your field—affect the type of visa you may be eligible for.
If you have a temporary work visa in the U.S., you may be wondering about your options to stay in the U.S. permanently. Can you get your U.S. employer to sponsor you for a green card?
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) creates opportunities for bilateral trade between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Under this agreement, the U.S. government developed what is known as the TN visa—a nonimmigrant visa for qualifying professionals from Mexico and Canada to work in the United States for up to three years.