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August 2020 Archives

US Citizenship and Immigration services to furlough workers

Going through the immigration process means spending a lot of time waiting for answers. These already long wait times are expected to get even longer as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to furlough nearly 70% of its workforce. The agency will continue to process applications, but will only be able to do so at a severely decreased capacity. This will likely affect a number of immigrants in Louisiana.

Can tech companies influence employment immigration?

The Louisiana workforce is made up of all kinds of different men and women, and many foreign workers take on vital roles that help support economic progression. Tech companies in particular understand just how important it is to have the best person for the job, and while some of those workers come from America, many also come from other countries. With new employment immigration policies impacting the ability to hire foreign workers, some tech companies are advocating for changes.

New USCIS fees make employment immigration more expensive

Applying for a visa means more than just submitting the required documents -- it also means paying a fee. These fees can be a hurdle for some people, or businesses, in Louisiana. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services -- USCIS -- recently announced a new rule for fees associated with employment immigration, citizenship and higher education.