Problems with immigration are still considered a hot topic among U.S. lawmakers. While one of the biggest concerns frequently reported has to deal with the number of undocumented immigrants currently living in and coming to the country every year, visa issues are something many would also like to see addressed. When it comes to H-1B visas, which are needed for certain types of employment, approval can be difficult to get. The lack of availability not only hurts immigrants but also employers in California and throughout the country.
Immigration reform has been long debated among United States lawmakers, with little result. President Obama has grown impatient and recently announced his plan for some of the immigration issues currently affecting the over 11 million undocumented immigrants living across the country, including those here in California. Even though this executive action is facing scrutiny from all sides, millions of immigrants may benefit if this plan is effectuated.
There are a number of work visas available to immigrants who wish to gain employment in the United States. Those with certain professional licenses, in particular, need to obtain one of these visas in order to keep working in their current field when they enter the country. For those coming from Australia, E-3 visas are required for certain professionals before they are allowed to start work here in California or elsewhere nationwide.
Individuals from all across the globe often have a desire to obtain gainful employment in the United States. In fact, every year thousands of immigrants are granted the necessary documentation required to work not only in California, but nationwide. Whether their desire is simply to have a temporary growth opportunity or includes hopes of someday making this new work arrangement permanent, an employment visa is necessary to get the process started.
People flock to American from all around the world for jobs or to live out their own “American dream.” Unfortunately, getting the proper documentation to acquire that job or to stay in the country permanently can prove to be rather difficult. According to recent data, a shortage of H-1B visas offered to immigrants can be blamed for poor growth in the country’s tech industries. Some cities in California have seen the effects of this.
It is not difficult to find information about the Affordable Care Act; in fact, hundreds and thousands of articles, blogs and social media posts have been dedicated to the subject. Yet for the many people in California who hold a work visa and are not planning on immigrating to the country, the issue of Obamacare can become more than a bit confusing. Though they may not be American citizens, as is the case of anyone who has obtained a legal work visa, they must still comply with the law.
When an undocumented immigrant is detained by authorities, they can feel a great sense of fear. This fear stems not only from possible punishment for their alleged violation but also from the possibility that it could lead to deportation. In some cases, authorities have detained individuals longer than necessary in order for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to check their citizenship status. Luckily for those in California, several bills were recently signed that could help reduced prolonged detainment and possibly even lead to a work visa.
The intransigence of the U.S. House of Representatives on the immigration bill has created demonstrations throughout the nation's capital. In California, grass roots groups continue their efforts as state legislation favorable to the immigration reform movement is passed. At the U.S. House, one group of prominent women organizers is joining hands in a prolonged demonstration to tell recalcitrant Congresspersons that women and children are the recipients of the unfairness imposed by current immigration laws and policies.
Agricultural interests in California want immigration reform and support the Senate-passed reform bill. According to a spokesman for agricultural interests, farmers face a critical shortage of legally authorized and experienced workers. California and the nation need employment immigration reform and they need it now. The Senate bill is supported by both the agricultural industry and farm labor unions, according to that spokesman.
There's a heated debate over changes in the H-1B visa program made in the Senate version of immigration reform. Employment immigration is vital in California and perhaps to a slightly lesser degree throughout the country. Several sources are criticizing the protectionism imbedded in the Senate version.