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Compromise on H-1B visas results in immigration bill approval

If you don't like negotiations and compromises, you would disapprove of the merry-go-round procedures that the Congress follows in considering proposed legislation. One bill now being negotiated is the Senate version of the immigration reform bill pushed by the so-called 'Gang of Eight.' The Senate Judiciary Committee just approved its version of the bill, which contains a compromise regarding H-1B visas for highly-skilled foreign workers which is of great interest to some California companies.

Immigration bill to increase permanent residence for skilled work

It may be one of the more endearing nicknames we've seen in a while: dubbing the Congressional supporters of immigration reform as the 'Gang of Eight' has a somewhat nostalgic ring to it, especially if you're a baby boomer remembering terms and phrases popular back in the sixties. More importantly, the federal immigration bill, if passed, would impact California positively and would expand opportunities for temporary work visas and permanent residence for high-skilled workers from overseas. This would help satisfy the enormous demand in the country for skilled and high tech workers.

California employers favor work visa changes in immigration bill

Most economists agree that when businesses are able to employ people while also making a profit through their endeavors, it helps the economy's road to recovery. This is why many California employers believe it is important for the U.S. to update its immigration policy in order to make it easier for them to hire an immigrant worker with a work visa. Industries ranging from agriculture to computer technology have benefited through the availability of immigrant workers.

Employment immigration bill nears completion

Labor unions and businesses have reached an agreement regarding a new bill designed to streamline the citizenship process for over 11 million illegal immigrants. Low-skilled workers in California and elsewhere have historically faced challenges in terms of fair wage and job permanency, but the changes to employment immigration currently being discussed would drastically alter the fate of immigrants awaiting official status. This bill is just part of a sweeping series of changes to American immigration law that will give rise to a work visa program designed to address low-skill worker needs.

Employment immigration difficult for California farm workers

California farm workers are one of the main groups suffering from the lack of immigration reform in the state. Workers reportedly tend to move to states where immigration is friendlier and there is a smaller chance of being deported. In the past, farmers in the state were able to hire immigrant labor to work their fields, but border control has apparently diminished their workforce to the point where some farmers are beginning to lose money because they are unable to find enough workers to harvest crops. Employment immigration is difficult for this industry, but current statistics show that a large number, up to two-thirds of these farm workers, are undocumented immigrants.

California work visa: Number of audits increasing

Companies in California and the rest of the nation have come under further scrutiny by Immigration and Customs Enforcement auditors. ICE audited more companies than ever in 2012, searching for employed illegal immigrants. Over the span of five years, the number of I-9 forms rose from 250 to over 3,000, and fines increased by $12 million. With a work visa sometimes being difficult to obtain, many immigrants become frustrated when trying to bring in enough income to support their families, sometimes leading them to seek whatever employment they can find.

California immigrants seek license, path to permanent residence

California immigrants who have met all of the state's requirements for practicing law may be interested in the campaign of an organization called the DREAM Bar Association (DBA). Their goal is to help undocumented immigrants realize their dreams of being able to practice law in this country. They also hope the campaign will not only help them with their professional dreams, but also pave the way for permanent residence.

California work visa: Study shows positive effect from immigrants

A surprising new study shows that while immigrants in this country have had a slightly negative impact on wages for American employees who compete with them, overall they made quite a positive impact on the American economy. While the news is good, it may not help California immigrants struggling to receive a work visa. Still, one economist believes that the wave of immigrants entering into this country from 1990 to 2007 actually increased the national income per worker.

California work visa: Bill could help skilled workers remain

Immigrants across California and the rest of the nation often struggle to obtain a work visa in this country. Even with valuable qualifications that companies are looking for, it can be difficult for them obtain the status they need to remain in the country. This is because federal law requires a cap on work visa numbers in the United States. The cap is extremely low, virtually ensuring that the yearly quota for applications is filled within just a few days.

More work visa challenges: California store caves to pressure

A California grocery chain is under fire after they recently announced they would begin checking the immigration status of all of their new hires. Some people in this country do not possess a work visa and are attempting to make a positive contribution to the workforce as best they can. The new policy has outraged both the store's customers and workers. Although the law prevents the company from checking the immigration status of their current employees, workers at the store feel that because they support the nation's economy, the new policy is a betrayal.

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