Month: September 2020

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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