As many people in Florida know, immigrating to the U.S. can be a long and complicated process. The travel ban that was recently allowed by the Supreme Court seems to have made the process for the people coming from six countries even more complicated. There were exceptions to the executive order for people with a bona fide relationship with an individual or entity in the United States, which only added to the complications.
Not everyone who comes to Florida or anywhere in the U.S. as an immigrant is doing so to look for work or to join family members. Some would like to enter the U.S. to start a business as an investor. A person who does this might be eligible for investor based visas. There are certain rules for a person to receive a Green Card through investment. Knowing how to meet these rules is vital to getting this type of Green Card.
Given the importance of the United States in the world economy and the welcoming nature that immigrants who had specific skills were granted when trying to come and work in the U.S., the current changes that are being implemented under the presidency of Donald J. Trump have many concerned. For those who are seeking to come to Florida to work under the H-1B visa program, the announcement that premium processing will be suspended temporarily can cause consternation. Even with that, it is still important to understand the requirements to be eligible under H-1B. One key category is specialty occupations.
For foreign workers seeking a better employment opportunity here in Florida, one of the most popular ways of obtaining the right to work is to receive an H-1B visa, also known as a Specialty Occupation or Professional Visa. In fact, US Citizenship and Immigration Services received about 233,000 requests for this particular type of visa in 2015. For this visa, employers sponsor prospective employees and take care of the application process.
People in Miami and across the United States are paying close attention to presidential politics and the discussion regarding various agreements that the U.S. has with other countries for workers. One example is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). With NAFTA, there are certain circumstances in which immigrants can come from Canada and Mexico with special treatment. Understanding this is important for companies and individuals who would like to have these workers come to the U.S. as well as for workers who would like to work in the U.S.
Employment-based immigration is one of the most common ways for people to begin a new life in the United States. U.S. immigration law provides for a number of visa types that allow skilled workers and professionals to enter the U.S. One of the most popular is the EB-3 visa.
Florida is home to many foreign nationals who have come to the United States to work. Obtaining a U.S. employment visa is generally the first step for any alien who wishes to work in the U.S. There are a number of different types of U.S. visas tailored to specific categories of foreign workers.
It is not uncommon for foreign students to study in the United States. Whether an immigrant student is working on an undergraduate, Masters or professional degree in Florida, the student might seek to make an income while studying. While some academic programs are strict about employment during an exchange program, others promote it so the student could gain experience and the possibility to work in the U.S. following graduation.
For educated foreign workers seeking employment opportunities in the United States, the H-1B visa program offers a number of benefits. The H-1B program is intended to allow U.S. employers to hire non-U.S. nationals for "specialty occupations," which are generally any positions requiring a bachelor's degree. The number of H-1B visas granted each year is limited to 65,000, with an additional 20,000 for foreign workers who have obtained a master's or higher degree from a U.S. college or university.
Twenty-eight percent of the total yearly limit of employment-based immigrant visas is given to priority workers. There are three groups of workers in the priority workers' category. These are: