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San Diego immigrants eager to apply for temporary work permits

Thousands of San Diego immigrants are eager to become a part of the current administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Discussed in depth in our July 6 blog posting, the program would offer temporary work permits to young immigrants who are currently in the country illegally. Although the program does not help immigrants complete the citizenship and naturalization process, it could keep them from being deported and allow them to find work while in the United States.

Justice Department denies license to immigrant who passed the bar

A California man is battling to receive a license to practice law, but is being prevented from obtaining one by the government. Many immigrants seek out a work visa as a way to enter into the United States prior to applying for citizenship. In addition, recent changes may make it easier for some undocumented residents to gain lawful employment through work visas. In this case, although this man is in the country illegally, he put himself through law school and has passed the bar exam but may not be able to work as he intended to if the government wins their argument.

Help for San Diego residents seeking temporary work permits

In our post on July 6, we outlined the new immigration policy that may help as many as 1.39 million young people in San Diego and across the U.S. who are currently in the country without legal documentation and wish to obtain work permits. Certain undocumented immigrants seeking temporary work permits will now have the opportunity to receive one for $465. Beginning in mid-August, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will start taking permit applications. These applications will be up for renewal every two years. Some exemptions to the fees will be considered, but the majority of the costs will be taken on by applicants and not by taxpayers.

Passage of work visa bill could benefit San Diego employers

San Diego readers may be interested in a recent immigration law story concerning the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (Fairness Act). Two U.S. senators recently reached an accord to allow the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (Fairness Act) to proceed. The bill allows for the allocation of 'employment-based green cards' regardless of a person's origin and without limitations on a per country basis. These visas can include L-1B, H-1B, and O-1A visas, all considered high skills visas. Obtaining a work visa under the new law could potentially aid both immigrants and the employers who need them.

Playmate's O-visa award raises eyebrows

San Diego readers may have heard of the controversy surrounding the award of an O-1 visa to an unexpected person. That woman is now raising eyebrows around the country after being awarded an O-visa. which is normally reserved for those the U.S. government has deemed to possess "extraordinary ability." However, many people disagree with the decision by the government because the woman in question happens to be a Playboy Playmate.

L-1 visa battle brewing on Capitol Hill

Employees in San Diego who have a work visa, as well as employers who hire immigrant workers, might be interested in a recent news story about a battle over the L-1 visa. This particular type of visa allows for employees working in a company's foreign offices to transfer to offices in the United States. Critics of the L-1 visa claim that by accepting the recommendations suggested by over 60 organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and IT outsourcing firms, it may undermine protections that U.S. workers have.

Unlike rest of U.S., California makes life easier for immigrants

It seems that the state of California is doing what the federal government cannot do in terms of passing immigrant friendly legislation. Over the last several months, California has made some important changes in their immigration policies that are set up to actually help illegal immigrants. These changes include some new measures that will help open state-funded scholarships to undocumented students, as well as a law that states that employers are not required to check immigration status via the federal E-Verify program. This is a major step forward in employment immigration law and making California a welcoming place for immigrants.

Workers can verify employment visa status in Spanish now

Those who want to work in the U.S. but are unsure whether they are eligible are now able to check their employment visa online through a website called Self-Check. The site allows prospective workers who are older than 16 to check their status and is now available in Spanish. The site recently expanded to 16 states, including California.

Govt. employment visa eligibility website now in Spanish

Those who want to work in the United States and are unsure of their eligibility to work are able to check their employment visa online through a free online service called Self Check. But now, the website that is also available in Spanish. The website has also expanded to include 16 additional states, including California.

Employment immigration: California farmers seek relief

Employment immigration is a topic of immense concern to California farmers, who believe the only way they can stay in business is to hire foreign guest workers to keep up with the demands of their work. However, there is a pending bill in Congress that would most likely defeat the farmers' intent. The bill would require use of E-Verify, a federal database designed to check on an employee's legal status. Some in Congress believe illegal aliens are taking jobs away from American citizens. Farmers disagree and are fighting for temporary work permits for foreign laborers.

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