Visas tied to a job are one way in which an immigrant might be able to make his or her way into the United States. Arguably the most popular type currently are H-1B visas. The application for these visas--which are specifically for high skilled foreign workers--are due in early April of each year. The number of such visas available each year is capped at 85,000. Of that number, 20,000 of the visas are specifically for individuals who hold master's degrees.
There are many reasons why people come to the United States from their home country. Education is one of those reasons. Individuals who seek to obtain degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, are particularly welcome as some U.S. businesses are looking to employ people from those fields. A new rule could make it easier for some who fit this profile, to remain in the U.S. for a longer period of time, to work.
Readers are likely aware of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program that brings foreigners who have money to invest to the United States. The investments they make must be in a certain type of business and among other things, must result in the creation of 10 full-time jobs for individuals in the United States. In exchange, the investor, as well as the investor’s family, will receive a green card.
On November 20, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a draft of a policy memo on when a lawful non-permanent resident seeking a green card on the basis of employment can change jobs while still preserving the validity of their original petition. The draft is not final, and the public has until January 4, 2016 to weigh in on the proposed memo.
For some businesses in the United States H-1B visas play an important role in getting the specialized workers necessary for the business to succeed. Workers who could benefit from this program include those trained as engineers, medical professionals, researchers and professors. Employers apply for these visas on behalf of the workers they would like to bring to the U.S. Because there is a limit on how many of these visas can be issues each year—85,000—the competition to secure them can be fierce.
There are multiple ways in which someone from another country might make their way to the United States. In some circumstances it is tied to employment. For individuals who are highly skilled workers, that may be accomplished via an H-1B visa.
There are many reasons why people from other countries want to come to the United States. One of those reasons is for employment. As is the case with many things in the realm of immigration, there are multiple ways in which a visa enabling this might be secured. The best route will depend upon each specific situation.