The success and competitiveness of certain aspects of the economy in Louisiana and the United States as a whole has long been reliant on the admission of highly skilled immigrations into the country. However, because of a backlog of visa applications and changes to the law, employment-based immigration has suffered. However, recent legislation was passed that could offer hope for individuals seeking certain types of visas.
Possible changes coming soon
The intent of recent legislation is to improve and shore up U.S. global competitiveness, and part of that could include positive changes to the current immigration system. The bill includes funding to boost manufacturing and scientific research. To do this, more highly skilled individuals knowledgeable and experienced in specific fields would need to immigrate to the United States.
The House version of the legislation includes the creation of a new visa category specifically for entrepreneurs. It would also include exemptions to green card limits for immigrants with doctoral degrees in science, math, technology and other STEM fields. This could provide the opportunity for individuals with certain skill sets and experience that could benefit American companies to enter the country and work in a specific role.
Navigating the immigration system
Regardless of the specific visa one is seeking, navigating the immigration system is a complex and confusing process. It may be helpful to seek the guidance of an experienced Louisiana immigration attorney when seeking entrance into the United States. Those pursuing employment-based immigration may benefit from an assessment of their case and explanation of their legal options.