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Which country are most H-1B visa holders from?

When a person from another country is looking to work, on a temporary basis, in the U.S., one thing that can matter significantly for them is what nonimmigrant visa they might be able to qualify for. If the person is looking to work in a specialty occupation, one visa they may have eligibility for is the H-1B visa.

What U.S. jobs/industries have high levels of immigrant workers?

Immigrants make big contributions in many places here in the U.S., including the workplace. According to estimates, a little over 17 percent of the American workforce consisted of immigrants in 2014. Immigrant workers are present in all kinds of industries and hold all kinds of jobs here in America. However, certain jobs/industries have a higher share of immigrant workers than others.

Premium processing program for H-1B visas suspended

H-1B visas are nonimmigrant work visas for certain types of skilled workers. What options are available for employers and workers when it comes to the pursuit of such visas can be affected by many things. Sometimes, the U.S. government will take actions which temporarily remove a given option from the table. Recently, such an action was taken when it comes to the H-1B premium processing program.

Foreign doctors and practicing medicine in the U.S.

Among the professionals from other countries that sometimes come to the U.S. to practice their profession are doctors. Immigrant physicians can be a real asset to medical care here in the United States. A recent study suggests that such physicians might even have slightly lower patient mortality levels than their U.S.-schooled counterparts.

The academic degree branch of the EB-2 program

The EB-2 green card program is aimed at three different classes of foreign nationals seeking to work in the United States. These three classes are: individuals with “exceptional ability”, individuals that fall under a national interest waiver and individuals with an advanced degree. What particular requirements a person seeking an EB-2 green card would have to meet to be eligible for such a green card depends on which of these three branches they are trying to qualify under.

International students and working in the U.S. after graduating

When a person is nearing the completion of a college or graduate degree, one of the big concerns they may have is whether they will be able to find the right job after they are done with school. Finding employment after getting one’s degree can prove challenging for any student. For foreign students who study here in the U.S. and wish to work in the U.S., however, there can be additional challenges on top of those faced by other students. 

Changes made to national interest waiver test for EB-2 visas

There are many things U.S. immigration officials may look at when considering a given immigration request. For one, they may apply certain tests, as tests have been set out for some types of immigration matters. Understanding what tests immigration officials might use when it comes to their immigration case can be very important for foreign workers looking to work in the U.S. and the companies looking to hire them.

‘Returning workers’ no longer exempt from H-2B cap

Many different things can have a big impact on employers who are trying to get a work visa for a foreign worker they desire to employ here in the United States. Among these are the cap rules related to the visa they are trying to secure for such a worker. Different work visas have different cap rules, including differing rules on what sort of cap (if any) is present and what workers are exempt from the cap.

New regulations on work visa programs to soon come into force

Occasionally, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announces a final rule changing or adding immigration regulations. Sometimes, such new rules target one specific issue. Other times, they cover a wide range of different issues and changes. Recently, a final rule of the latter variety was published by USCIS.