Readers of our Staten Island blog know that the U.S. immigration system is a complex one filled with challenges for people who want to receive employment-based visas, permanent resident status or citizenship. Those many challenges make it apparent why people seek assistance from experienced immigration attorneys familiar not only with the law, but with the paperwork and processes involved. The challenges also make it clear why unscrupulous fraudsters try to take advantage of immigrants in need of legal help.
In the rough and tumble world of politics, reality can be warped by candidates eager for votes. While the issue of immigration has repeatedly been raised in this year's presidential election, it is one oversimplified and distorted by politicians, according to results of a recent poll.Americans are not as worried about immigrants taking their jobs as some candidates pretend. Today, Americans are nearly evenly split on the question of whether immigrants hurt American workers. Forty-five percent say immigrants hurt American employees and 42 percent say no harm is done to workers by immigration.
Those who want to immigrate to the United States often hear these words: "Get in line. Wait your turn." As Newsweek magazine points out, there is often no line to get into and when there is one, the anticipated wait is beyond the person's life expectancy. According to the State Department, there are nearly 5 million people waiting in other countries for their chance to enter the U.S. with a visa.
The H-1B visa has proven to be an invaluable tool for U.S. employers looking to add individuals with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to their workforce. Indeed, the visa has helped immigrants from all corners of South Asia secure valuable work experience and forge lasting connections here in the U.S.
On April 1 of every year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officially begins accepting applications for the available 85,000 H-1B visas, which allow employers to bring foreign workers here to the U.S. to work in the high-demand fields of engineering, science and computer programming.
Over the last few posts, our blog has been discussing how outstanding professors, and those people who possess extraordinary ability in education, business, sciences, athletics, or art may be able to secure an EB-1 visa.
Last week, our blog began discussing EB-1 visas, which are reserved for priority workers and therefore given first preference by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Those foreign nationals looking to secure permanent residence here in the United States can apply for one of four employment-based visas. The EB visa for which a person applies will depend on their unique circumstances. For instance, a person holding an advanced degree would likely seek to secure an EB-2 visa.
While the White House has recently been somewhat silent on the important-- and always controversial -- issue of immigration, news reports have indicated that President Obama is poised to make a major announcement shortly after the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend.
The city of Detroit made headlines across the country and around the world this past summer when it filed the single largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the U.S. in an attempt to tackle over $18 billion in debt and associated liabilities.