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Companies struggle with H1-B visas

H1-B visas have long been an important form of employment-based immigration. People in Indiana should know that H1-Bs have allowed companies to fill high-skilled jobs with workers from overseas. Often, when it comes to fields like math, science and technology, there is only a small pool of talent to choose from. There may only be a handful of qualified candidates in the world, and American companies need to be able to reach them to keep their competitive edge. A political issue However, since 2017, the president has been opposed to the H1-B program. New regulations have been put in place...

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Speeding up the spousal immigration process

Some members of the United States Congress have addressed processing delays for individuals dealing with immigration matters. One area marked by Congress for improvement is spousal sponsorships. The website maintained by the U.S. Customs and Immigration services lists wait times, but families in Indiana familiar with the process for I-130 and other petitions that require a spousal sponsorship know these listed times do not tell a complete story. Immigration law allows individuals who are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States to sponsor a spouse or other relative who...

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Denial rates for H-1B petitions have increased

Many companies in Indiana and across the U.S. rely on H-1B visa workers to fill open positions for which they cannot find enough U.S. skilled workers. The tech industry heavily relies on securing enough employees by using the H-1B visa system. However, the denial rates for H-1B visa applications from companies have been increasing, meaning that more positions are going unfilled because of a lack of skilled workers to fill them.   H-1B visa application denial rates going up   According to a report in Forbes, companies that rely on H-1B workers are receiving an increasing number of...

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DACA recipients file lawsuit against Trump immigration policies

Undocumented immigrants in Indiana and the rest of America who benefitted from the protections provided by the Obama administration through the DACA program are banding together to fight against an effort by the Trump Administration to weaken the program. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals The Obama-era Immigration program began in 2012 and protected immigrants who arrived in America illegally as children from deportation. The Supreme Court shot down an attempt by the Trump Administration to end the program outright in the summer of 2020. A month or so after the Supreme Court ruling, the...

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What happens after an immigrant applies for a green card

Immigrants applying for permanent residence in Indiana and the rest of the United States have certain steps to take after they receive their decision. If their application is accepted, they will be mailed a "green card" that establishes them as a permanent resident of the U.S. However, if they don't receive the card or welcome notice within 30 days, they should contact the USCIS Contact Center. If the individual moves to another house before they receive their card, that can interrupt the process. The person should always notify the USCIS contact center before they move to ensure that their...

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Memo proposes not counting undocumented immigrants

Undocumented immigrants in Indiana may not be counted in the census for the purposes of funding or for determining congressional representation by population numbers. This is the aim of the Trump administration, but the American Civil Liberties Union says it will challenge the memorandum in court. The memo was signed by President Donald Trump on July 21. In 2019, the Trump administration sought to include a question on the census about citizenship status. However, this was rejected by the Supreme Court. It is unclear how a person's citizenship will be determined as a result, although the...

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Some Indiana ‘green card’ renewals require reverification

Federal immigration law does not automatically require an employer of a lawful permanent resident (LPR) to reverify that worker’s credentials. The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security on May 15 issued a notice that clarifies when job providers need to seek employment-eligibility reverification to maintain LRP-workers’ eligibility to continue working and living in Indianapolis and other parts of the United States. Continues legal iimmigration only requires LPR reverification in limited instances. Three scenarios require reverification Federal law can be confusing but can make sense when explained...

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Online classes cause immigration issue for international students

International students in Indiana and other parts of the United States who are pursuing an education may soon be forced to leave the country. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students will have to leave the country if classes at the university they attend are completely online this fall. Students who do not comply with this order will risk deportation. Those knowledgeable about current events in immigration law explain that the visas that allow these students to reside in the United States will not allow them to take a full slate of classes online and...

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E1 visa open to those in international trade

People who are foreign nationals and want to work in Indiana or elsewhere in the United States may be able to secure an E1 visa to work in the country. The initial application for an E1 visa may be filed by an individual or by a company seeking to bring an employee on. One major advantage of an E1 visa is that it covers the applicant's immediate family, including any spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old. Eligibility for an E1 visa is limited to those engaging in international trade. In order to qualify, the applicant must be a citizen of a country that the U.S. has regular...

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