There are no assurances that one can receive a work visa or green card by complying with regulations. In 2015, under the past presidential administration, there was an allowance for spousal visas when that individual’s spouse was taking the necessary steps to become a lawful permanent resident.
You’ve always dreamed of being an entrepreneur in the United States. You’ve got money ready to invest and an idea that is going to take the world by storm. There’s just one more thing you want before you finally start your business: green cards for you and your loved ones.
In our last post, we discussed the overall public approval of highly skilled immigrants in the U.S. Today, we examine some of the common ways that highly educated workers come here.
The inscription on the Statue of Liberty reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”. These lines were intended to give hope to immigrants from around the world, traveling to America in search of a brighter future.
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.