A few weeks ago we posted about the plight of a highly educated Nigerian student struggling to successfully secure a H-1B, which is a visa for highly-skilled workers. Unfortunately, this plight is not unique to this man as many students that are in the United States to obtain an education fear that they will be made to leave the country when their schooling is complete.
Immigration has been a recent topic of discussion in congress, and a group of entrepreneurs are now doing their part to help the cause. This group of individuals is looking to secure the type of talent necessary to see their businesses flourish. Accordingly, these advocates are traveling to Washington D.C. in the coming weeks to urge congress to create new visa rules that would make it easier for highly-skilled workers to be able to work and live in the United States.
These entrepreneurs are urging congress to eliminate caps on H-1Bs and allow green cards for individuals that are highly-educated and skilled in key fields but are from other countries and presently have a difficult time securing the documentation to permanently live in the United States.
One man that recognizes the specialized talents of potential employees remarks on often being unable to hire them because they are not U.S. citizens and securing a visa is often difficult. He says, "About 95 percent of the applicants I get, I have to turn them away because I can't get them a visa."
Hopefully in the near future we will see immigration reform that not only will eliminate some of the resistance in securing these employment-based visas, but also makes it less difficult for the scores of individuals currently seeking citizenship. Until this process becomes easier, an immigration attorney can greatly assist individuals in the Washington D.C. area looking to secure citizenship navigate the often tedious and difficult process of doing so.
Source: Reuters, "Entrepreneurs plan D.C. road trip to talk up immigration reform," Sarah McBride, Jan. 24, 2013.
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