Earlier this month the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the list of countries, whose nationals can take part in the H-2A and H-2B programs this next year. In total, 58 countries are eligible. This number is up by five from last year. New to list are Iceland, Spain, Montenegro, Switzerland and Haiti.
The ability for an American citizen to obtain a green card for an immigrant spouse, child or parent may be getting a little easier. Recently, the Citizenship and Immigration Services published a formal notice in The Federal Register regarding the proposed change. The reason behind this change in the green card process is twofold. First, it should lessen the burden on current citizens. Second, by streamlining the process, the associated costs will likely be reduced.
Throughout the nation, over the past year, employers of illegal workers have faced immigration enforcement from the United State's Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Popular chain restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill was especially hard hit when an inspection completed as part of a silent raid uncovered more than 500 workers who were undocumented. As a result of the employment immigration inspection, more than 450 employees were let go in Minnesota alone. Restaurants in Virginia and Washington, D.C. also were affected.
Many professional workers who reside in countries other than the United States seek to come to the Miami and other parts of the U.S. to work via H-1B visas. Each year the U.S. makes 65,000 of these temporary work permits available to individuals who are hired for a job in the U.S. that requires at least a Bachelor's degree. These visas often go to foreign tech workers. Due to a treaty, 6,800 of the 65,000 visas are specifically allocated for people from Singapore and Chile. Individuals who have attained Master's degrees in the U.S. are eligible for an additional 20,000 H-1B visas.