If you want to immigrate to the United States, you might be able to do it in a professional capacity. The United States needs certain individuals with specific skills and abilities, and depending on the need for specific professions, you might be able to gain entry by virtue of your skills, education and experience.
There's a growing segment of the American population that is, for lack of a better way of putting it, "anti-immigration." These naysayers who support legislation to make immigration into the United States more difficult have a lot of misconceptions they try to put on immigrants -- particularly Central American immigrants. However, the libertarian think tank, Cato Institute, recently published statistics from a study that proves many of the ideas of immigration naysayers wrong.
The P-1A visa is designed specifically for athletes who are planning on being in the United States for a sporting event. It is available only to those who are at the internationally-recognized level of skill.
As an employer, you may come face-to-face with a situation in which you want to sponsor an employee for permanent resident status. If you find yourself in this situation, you and your soon-to-be employee need to take on a variety of steps.
Those considering the EB-5 visa must have significant assets to invest into the American economy.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the O visa is reserved for individuals thought to possess documented extraordinary achievements or abilities in a given field.
An investment firm supporting the alternative energy industry has sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for delaying EB-5 visas for wealthy foreign investors. The California Energy Investment Center, LLC, claims that the USCIS has put unreasonable roadblocks in the way of EB-5 visas for 200 investors who have already provided $100 million in U.S. investments.
Residents of Mexico and Canada who wish to enter the United States to work must first obtain a visa. Residents of these two countries are legally permitted to hold employment in the United States due to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The TN Visa, which is short for nonimmigrant NAFTA Professional, allows residents of Mexico and Canada to work in the country for predetermined business.
Immigrants with work visas who are trying to get green cards are likely to see delays in the process. On Aug. 28, the U.S. Citizenship and immigrantion Services announced that they will be required to submit to an in-person interview once their I-485 green card applications are submitted.
Numerous immigrants enter the United States every year for employment purposes -- many coming to California. Some are looking for permanent positions, while others are only wanting temporary jobs. In either case, these individuals must obtain the appropriate visas or permits for their employment needs. This column will try to address some things that immigrants and employers need to know about temporary work permits.