The last few years have brought important changes to employment-based visas into America. An H1B visa is especially popular in foreigners, as they can transition from working in the country to becoming a legal resident. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service opens 65,000 such visas every year in the beginning of April and the visa allocation is often exhausted within the first week. While foreigners use this path to becoming a lawful citizen of the country, there is no doubt their numerous contributions to the society have advanced the country immensely.
Immigration into the country has become more difficult over the last few years, even for those who are coming to reunite with their family members or begin new employment opportunities. This can be frustrating, as it delays plans to fulfill one's dream or begin a new chapter of one's life. It can seem as if no one understands how complicated the immigration system is and no amount of paperwork can ever be enough.
Last week's post discussed the importance of a Green Card, a document that entitles the holder to work and reside legally in the United States. There are several ways of getting a Green Card, including through family relationship or special categories such as asylum-seekers and crime victims. One of the most common methods is by becoming employed in the country.
Despite stricter immigration policies in the last couple of years, major tech companies have continued to hire foreign tech workers. Demand for international workers remained high, and 80 percent of employers surveyed expected their headcount of foreign workers to either stay the same, or increase, even as employment based visa become more difficult to come by.
California residents born and bred into the country may not realize how many people are attempting to come to America to pursue higher education, start a business, begin working at the job of their dreams or join family members who they have been separated from for a number of years. Citizenship or legal resident status affords individuals many privileges and therefore people want to ensure they are fulfilling all their legal obligations to come and remain in the country.
While many California residents may think that immigration to the United States is only possible if a family member sponsors them, as discussed previously, this is not the case. it is possible to become a lawful permanent resident of the country based on an offer of employment. Employment based immigration has several different categories, as discussed below, but revolve around the employee's skill, education and work experience.
For a foreign investor looking to settle in America, there are investor-based visas available. They fall under the Employment Fifth Preference, EB-5 category, visas for individuals who are going to provide capital investment in new commercial enterprises in the country and this would create jobs.