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California may benefit if changes made to increase H-1B visas

By now, most Americans have probably heard the phrase "immigration reform" more times than they can count. What may not be as well-known, however, are the wide-ranging repercussions that can be a result of delaying or denying applicants the highly coveted H-1B visas they seek. Businesses in California may suffer from lack of potential growth if these denials continue into the future.

California employers may want more H-1B visas

When it comes to certain professional areas, there can be at times a lack of qualified personnel that can carry out necessary tasks. As a result, California employers may wish to hire individuals from other countries who could potentially be able to work in the United States on H-1B visas. However, there is a cap on the number of these visas that are allowed, and some companies are hoping that immigration reform could potentially increase that cap.

Investor visas require cash investment and minimum 10 employees

There are multiple ways to enter and remain legally in the United States. Some people looking to establish a residence in California and elsewhere start a business, which may qualify them for investor visas. Those visas can come with a high price tag, however.

Affordable Care Act may affect work visa holders in California

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.

Bills signed by California governor could lead to work visa

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.

Reforms to investor visas wait for approval by Congress

Under a pilot program, immigrant investor projects are operating out of regional centers that help private businesses pool investments from potential immigrant investors at $1 million or $500,000 per person. The regional center program is an extension of the 1990 program that encourages foreigners to come to California and other areas nationally to start their own businesses in return for investor visas that could be made permanent. The hook is that if they create 10 jobs in two years, their conditional status can become a green card permanent resident status.

Agricultural industry supports employment immigration reform

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.

Senate version of employment immigration reform draws fire

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.

Small business group has concerns on employment immigration

The prospect of Senate approval of an immigration bill has created more interest by some groups that have been silent thus far. One of those is the largest small business lobbying organization, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), which sent a letter to Senate leaders, raising certain 'red flag' issues they want considered. The new bill, if ultimately passed, will have a significant impact on employment immigration in California and nationwide.

Small business group has concerns on employment immigration

The prospect of Senate approval of an immigration bill has created more interest by some groups that have been silent thus far. One of those is the largest small business lobbying organization, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), which sent a letter to Senate leaders, raising certain 'red flag' issues they want considered. The new bill, if ultimately passed, will have a significant impact on employment immigration in California and nationwide.

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