When employers receive the welcome news that an H-1B visa application they filed on behalf of a prospective employee was one of the lucky 85,000 selected in the H-1B lottery, it doesn't mean that the skilled foreign worker in question is automatically eligible to start working here in the U.S.
While much of the recent discussion concerning immigration law has necessarily been focused on the absence of clarity surrounding President Trump's so-called travel ban, experts indicate that there are other areas to which his nascent administration, as well as Congress, may soon turn its attention.
Last week, we began discussing how the anxiety engendered by an employer's downsizing efforts is especially acute for those workers who are here on H-1B visas, as they not only have to worry about their families and finances, but also whether they need to start making preparations to return home.
In our last post we focused on the opening of the H-1B visa application process for the fiscal year 2014, on the first of this month. At that time we mentioned that it was expected that the demand for the skilled-worker visa would be high throughout the nation, including Miami. Accordingly, most believed that the allotted 65,000 visas, as well as the 20,000 related H-1B visas made available to individuals who received masters degrees or higher at a university in the United States, would go quickly. In this week's post we provide an update.
Throughout the world there are workers who would like to move to Miami or other locations in the United States to work. While there are multiple ways in which someone may try to enter the U.S. lawfully, there are some types of visas that are specifically set aside for professionals. Known as H-1B visas, there is a limited amount available each year. The professions for which the visas can be sought include:
Individuals from other countries with expertise in fields considered high-tech who are interested in working in the United States may want to take note. Earlier this week the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director indicated that changes are underway regarding the way business visa applications such as H-1B visas as well as temporary employment visas for occupations considered to be "specialty" are processed.
It is no secret that businesses throughout the United States, including Miami, are hurting when it comes to finding the number of skilled workers needed. One way in which companies are securing the workers needed is through overseas recruiting. This is achieved through the use of temporary H-1B visas which we have written about in the past.
Throughout the world there are educated workers who are seeking to live and work in the United States. To facilitate this, the U.S. has created a temporary worker visa that may be granted if an applicant is eligible.
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.