Immigrants in Pennsylvania may stand to benefit from some recent changes that have been made to the United States immigration policy. On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama announced an executive order that will reportedly protect 4.9 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Foreigners interested in employment-based immigration may also benefit from provisions in the executive action.
Attracting and retaining qualified employees can be a challenge at times, making the ability to seek candidates from a foreign setting advantageous in some situations. Similarly, foreign candidates for jobs may find unique opportunities available in the United States. In either case, assistance may be necessary in seeking appropriate permissions for work and residency in the country. The application process can be challenging, and errors could waste time or result in the wrong classifications.
It may be possible for individuals interested in immigrating to the United States to do so by opening a business in Pennsylvania. The E-2 visa allows entrepreneurs to move to the U.S. with their families, and individuals who have run a successful business elsewhere and have sufficient investment funds may be good candidates for this visa. If the business is particularly innovative, creates a number of new jobs and is big enough, the chances for approval increase.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a statement in favor of immigration reform. While he appears to be most concerned with immigrants outside of the legal immigration system, immigration reform is about more than just creating a pathway to citizenship for these people. There are a number of people in Reading who are on student visas that will expire shortly after they graduate; many of them would like to see a method of granting them an employment-based immigration visa.
In many ways, a victory for an individual struggling through the U.S. immigration system is a victory for all immigrants fighting a similar battle. With that in mind, Pennsylvania residents may be interested in the recent decision by California's Supreme Court to allow a man waiting on a green card to practice law in that state.
As any regular reader of this blog knows, there are two very different types of immigration categories: family based immigration and employment-based immigration. While most of the employment-based visas require an immigrant to have a job offer lined up prior to applying for a visa, this is not always mandatory. One visa, the EB-5, allows wealthy investors to commit a certain amount of money to creating a business in the U.S. in exchange for a visa. And, since it is a permanent residency visa, these investors will be given green cards and, should they want it, citizenship.
If a Reading employer had an open position on his or her team, how long do you think he or she would wait to fill it? Business priorities are likely to force someone to fill an open position after a few months and employers can't wait too long for the perfect candidate to join the team. Unfortunately, when a company wants to hire an immigrant, it can sometimes take much longer to get a non-U.S. citizen with specialized talent into a role.
There are an incredible number of people living in Lancaster who are in varying stages of immigration. From those people who moved here to reunite with family members to those who moved here from work, the immigration system has generally allowed those people who were married to move together. Until the federal government recognized same-sex marriages as valid, however, only opposite-sex spouses could immigrate together. If a same-sex couple wanted to immigrate, both of them would need to get jobs and employment-based immigration visas for the same area. There was no guarantee that both would be approved and they could not apply together, meaning many families had to live apart from each other for extended periods of time.
When a non-American wants to work in the United States, his or her employer must sponsor him or her. What this usually means is that the employee has a set of highly specialized skills that the employer needs, and that the employer has been unable to find an American with the same skills. Although this seems fair to many people, there are some who question whether employers are actually looking for Americans or if they are merely giving immigrants the upper hand when it comes to jobs. This is just one of the many facets of the employment-based immigration debate that is raging in Congress.