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The five categories related to permanent residency via work visa

In some cases, when a person immigrates to the United States on the grounds of employment, they do so on a temporary basis. This could be changed over time -- but they are essentially only allowed to be in the U.S. for a finite amount of time. There are other cases, though, where the person has the ability to permanently stay in the U.S. based on his or her employment visa.

233,000 apply for 2016 H-1B visas, a record number of applicants

The H-1B visa program is a vital process that allows highly skilled, specialized, academic, or otherwise gifted people to enter the United States and work here for up to three years. This period can be extended based on certain criteria and circumstances. Every year, the H-1B visa is a tough visa to acquire because there are so many more applications for the visa then there are actual visas.

Immigration and crawfish season in Louisiana

The crawfish industry in Louisiana possibly faces adversity due to Congressional limits on H-2B visas. These limitations amount to only 66,000 H-2B permits issued per year. These limitations could prevent enough workers coming from Central America and Mexico in assisting crawfish industry employers.

Compliance with immigration laws as an employer is crucial

Imagine you are an employer and you are opening up some positions to improve your workplace and make your company more efficient. After the resumes come in and a few rounds of interviews are completed, one of the people you are considering hiring is not a US citizen -- but he or she has a visa and is allowed to work in the country.

H-1B visa program enhanced to help spouses of visa holders

A couple of months ago, we wrote a post on this blog about the H-1B visa, and how the people who obtain these visas are of high-skill. Their spouses are usually very skilled as well, but the rules limited the visa options of the spouses of H-1B recipients. As a result, the spouses could get an H-4 visa. This allowed them in the country -- but it did not clear them for employment in the country. Thus, some skilled immigrants were being blocked from working, which seems like a silly policy.

Opportunity is there to improve H-1B visa rules

We have talked about employment visas and high-skill visas in the past on this blog, usually in a way that describes the positives of the visas and what opportunities are created for the people who come to the United States on these visas. Today, we're going to look at something that isn't necessarily positive or negative -- it's merely a missed opportunity.

The many types of non-immigrant employment visas

From time to time, organizations need a little help with their workforce. Maybe a new deal was struck or a new project just got underway, and as a result, the company or organization is in need of extra workers to help them achieve their goals. When this occurs, sometimes the organization looks outside of the U.S. borders to obtain that talent.

I-9 compliance is a major part of employment immigration

When it comes to the topic of immigration, much of the focus is on the individual. A person is trying to get into the United States, and they must complete certain processes in order to make that happen. Immigration is inherently a topic that deals with individuals -- though that's not what immigration is all about.

What are the rules of the investment visa?

This world of ours has become so small, and we mean that in a good way. Advanced air travel, the internet, cellphones: all of these things have promoted an era where people can connect and remain connected for long periods of time, and these connections are even easier to make than they were even 20 years ago.

Companies seek immigration improvements for low-skilled workers

A few weeks ago, technology-based companies were in the news for encouraging lawmakers to make H-1B visas easier to obtain for highly skilled workers. Now, some of the biggest companies in the United States are trying to make it easier for lower-skilled workers to come to Louisiana legally. Chief executives from Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Cargill and multiple other national and regional companies have drafted a letter to lawmakers, pushing for changes in employment immigration.