Month: December 2018

Legislation my remove per-country caps for employment visas

Proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, named the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, may place per-country caps on visas for immigrants wishing to work in Indiana and other states. According to authors of the bill, the goal of this legislation is to create fairer wait times and reduce the green card backlog, especially for Indian and Chinese foreign nationals. A result of this change may mean increased backlogs and wait times for applicants from all other nations. If passed, this law would be implemented by allocating most available visas to applicants from India...

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What is an EB-5 visa and how can it help your business?

There are many paths to U.S. permanent residence, and one popular option for investors or entrepreneurs from other countries is the Employment-Based fifth preference category (EB-5) visa. This option is one of five employment-based preference visa programs in the U.S. How does an EB-5 work? If you live in a country outside the U.S., are interested in pursuing a permanent residence in the U.S. and are an entrepreneur, you can file the appropriate paperwork that serves as a petition to open a new commercial enterprise in the U.S. If approved, you will be personally and primarily liable for...

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Proposed rule would make changes to the H-1B process

One of the major work visa programs here in the U.S. is the H-1B program. Under this program, employers can seek out temporary work visas for specialty workers from other countries that they wish to have work in their U.S. operations. Recently, the federal government issued a proposed rule that would make some changes to the application process for this program. For one, it would add an online registration requirement for companies planning to apply for an H-1B visa for a foreign worker. The idea behind this requirement is that companies would then only have to submit the full paperwork for...

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