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August 2017 Archives

Threat to DACA brings deportation concerns

Many undocumented immigrants living in Florida have, for the past several years, been taking advantage of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These "Dreamers," as they are colloquially known, are individuals who were brought to the United States as children by their undocumented parents or family members. While DACA protected Dreamers from the risk of deportation, the new administration is considering scrapping the program altogether.

Issuance of nonimmigrant visas suspended in Russia

Florida residents may recall that in July, Congress approved sanctions against Russia in retaliation for allegedly interfering with the presidential election in the United States. In return, Russia reduced the U.S. embassy and consulate staff by 755 employees. This left roughly one-third of the staff in place. The U.S. response was to temporarily shut down the issuance of nonimmigrant visas in Russia.

Program assisting minors from Central America ends

Some minors fleeing violence in Central America have settled in Florida under a federal program, known as the Central American Minors program, which has been in operation since the end of 2014. On Aug. 16, the program ended. The Trump administration had placed it under review in January shortly after the inauguration, and the applications of 2,700 children with conditional approval for the program were put on hold. Those applications will now be canceled.

Obtaining permanent residency

There are multiple ways foreign investors can become a permanent resident of the U.S. with a green card if they already hold an E-2 visa. Foreign investors should be mindful that if they are successful at obtaining permanent residence in Florida or any other state in the country, they will be taxed on any income they earn, even if it is not earned in the United States. However, with an effective tax plan, they can avoid encountering any tax complications.

Study shows economic benefits to H-1B visa program

Florida company executives who are familiar with the H-1B visa program may be interested to learn that a study has shown that it provides economic benefits to the United States as well as to India. The study was conducted by the University of Michigan and the Center for Global Development, and it found that in 2010, employees in the U.S. were about $431 million wealthier because of the visa program.

Hiring foreign experts doesn't have to be difficult

There is a glut of educated professionals looking for work. In fact, there are numerous engineers, chemists and other professionals who would gladly work for your company. However, many of them may have been born and educated in another country. Don't let the process of international hiring scare you off from finding talent that fits precisely with your company's needs.

Update to I-9 employment forms

Florida companies who have just hired new employees or who are recruiting people for a job might want to make sure they are aware of upcoming changes to the I-9 employment form. People who have just been hired will be able to use the version of the I-9 form that was revised November 2016. This version is valid until September 2017. Anyone an employer hires after Sept. 17, 2017 will be required to use the I-9 form that was revised July 2017.

Sponsoring a foreign employee is hard - don't make it worse

Imagine you are about to lose your top employee. Not to another company offering higher wages or a better benefits package, but because their temporary work visa is due to expire. Your right-hand man (or woman) is about to face deportation and you have only one option -- help your star employee get her green card.

Understanding the diversity visa lottery process

The United States makes a certain amount of visas available for people from specific countries. There are usually 50,000 visas available each year for people from areas that have a low immigration rate to the U.S. There are very specific requirements that potential immigrants have to meet in order to be eligible for one of these limited visas. If the applicant meets all of the qualifications, he or she will be included in a lottery drawing for one of the diversity visas. However, if the applicant is not eligible, he or she will not receive a visa.

Applying for T nonimmigrant status

A person who has been trafficked is usually poor and unemployed, and trafficking is a form of slavery. People who are trying to come to Florida who are victims of human trafficking can seek help to remain in the country. In 2000, Congress passed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act along with the "T" nonimmigrant status.

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