People from abroad who are visiting Maryland and decide that they want to further their education may be able to switch their visas from visitor to student status. However, it is important to know that foreign nationals are generally not allowed to attend school before this switch is made. There are two ways in which they may change their status.
The H-1B non-immigrant visa program allows employers in Maryland and around the country to hire highly-skilled foreign workers. The program aims to nurture innovation by ensuring that American companies are able to attract workers with credentials and experience in specialty occupations, but only 86,000 H-1B visas are awarded each year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service began accepting applications for 2018 H-1B visas on April 3, and the agency announced on April 17 that 199,000 H-1B applications were submitted during the ensuing five-day filing period.
When immigrants in Maryland want to apply for an H-1B visa, their employers may act as a sponsor. However, for those who are self-employed, there is no employer to play that role. This is why many foreign entrepreneurs who wish to stay in the United States are taking part in the Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence program first offered by the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Maryland residents have no doubt heard that some aspects of President Donald Trump's immigration policies have been criticized by both the public and the courts. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts joined this chorus of discontent on April 26 when he took issue with the treatment of a woman of Serbian descent who was deported over untrue statements she made almost two decades ago.