Last February, the Los Angeles Times reported the Congressional testimony of a Walt Disney Co. employee who was laid off and replaced by a foreign worker.
The "E" in the E-2 Visa does not stand for "entrepreneur," but perhaps it should. The E-2 Investor Visa is designed to allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States and work in a business in which they have invested a “substantial” amount. This amount is not specified under E-2 Investor Visa rules.
President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office have been a study in controversy. His administration has been embroiled in headline news even before he was signed into office. While Trump’s chants of, “Build that wall,” may have rallied enough votes to win the Electoral College, many historians, political pundits, and American voters were dismayed by the divisive nature of his campaign rhetoric.
On March 31, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new guidelines that have left the American technology industry concerned for the fate of their future hiring practices.
The new regulations signal a sea change in accepted policies that allow IT firms to seek out the best talent from anywhere in the world.
Coming to a business near you: A visit from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
It’s been a tumultuous first quarter with the new Trump administration in the White House. Policy changes on everything from health care and tax reform to funding of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have made headlines almost daily since Trump was sworn in.
The H1-B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign workers for certain specialty occupations. In order to receive an H1-B visa, the employee is required to have a post-secondary education or certification in a field that requires some high-level expertise, such as medicine, research, or information technology. H1-B visa holders can stay in the United States for up to six years and apply for permanent residency during that time.
International students on an F1 visa face many choices for potential next steps after achieving their degrees. While they can return home to begin working in their chosen field, many candidates elect for options allowing them to continue to live and work in the United States. That's when they apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows them to apply the theory they've learned in the classroom to a job specific role for up to 12 months, or longer if they are a STEM graduate. They can use this work time incrementally during their enrollment or after the finishing their degree. The earliest they can apply for OPT is three months before graduation.
A U.S. green card, or permanent resident card, is valid for 10 years. When it comes time to renew, there is a relatively straightforward process through the U.S. Immigration service. However, changes in immigration policies may cause some anxiety when preparing to renew your status.
The latest idea for Republican-sponsored U.S. immigration reform is the concept of “merit-based” immigration. This policy would overhaul a system that has been in place for more than half a century. President Trump unveiled this idea in his speech to Congress a few weeks ago.
The path to American citizenship has grown more tenuous over the past month as the Trump administration abruptly shifted policy on immigration. What hasn’t changed are the health requirements for foreigners seeking entry or visa status in the United States.