Locating highly skilled, uniquely talented workers can be very difficult for some employers in the United States. In fact, year after year the demand for workers with so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills has outpaced domestic supply. While United States employers are currently in need of approximately 120,000 computer engineers each year, American universities produce only 30 percent of that number. Read the rest of this entry »
Foreign workers who enter the United States on temporary employment visas come from various occupations. These include technology specialists, scientists, researchers, nurses, agricultural workers,religious workers, athletes, and artists. All workers are required to obtain permission to work legally and adhere to the terms of their petition for their temporary employment visa. Specific category requirements for each occupation must also be met. Since requirements vary with each employment category, an immigration lawyer in Chicago can explain specific visa and category requirements to eliminate confusion and errors. Any violation of requirements can result in denial or removal of a temporary employment visa.
About 87 percent of H-1B visas for computer jobs are issued to Indians, according to a Computerworld analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) data. The publication look at about 76,000 H-1B visas issued for new employment to people working in computer-related occupations in 2014. China accounted for the second-largest share (5.1 percent) and Canada received 0.8 percent of such visas. The remainder came from a number of other countries in smaller percentages.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has introduced legislation intended to raise the number of EB-5 green cards available to foreign investors while also making permanent the EB-5 Regional Center Program. The Regional Center Program enables foreign investors to pool their capital and work in coordination with regional economic development agencies on large-scale projects. Read the rest of this entry »
A shortage of immigration judges coupled with underfunding and an enormous backlog of immigration cases has created a bottleneck that has left the average immigration case pending for more than 600 days, according to various reports.
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As an immigrant to the United States, some of the rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, as well as other laws, apply to you. Which ones will depend on the nature of your status in the United States. Your Chicago immigration attorney can help you understand your legal rights in more detail.
The H1-B Specialty Occupation Visa is a non-immigration visa that allows foreign workers in specialty occupations to temporarily work in the United States.
There are three primary requirements to qualify for an H1-B Visa:
- Your employer must pay you the actual or prevailing wage for your occupation
- You must have a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
- You must work in a specialty occupation