Prospective visa applicants who are interested in working in Maryland might already be aware of the suspension of premium expedited processing for H-1B visa applications that took place in April. The premium processing, which was suspended by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, speeds up processing for H-1B visa applications from several months to 15 days or less.
A one-time increase in the number of temporary work visas allowed for up to 15,000 additional workers to enter the United States for companies hiring under the H-2B program. For Maryland immigrants, it is important to note that the emergency measure does not include any reforms to the program that has been criticized for poor protections and low wages. It may also be of value to see how this move comes in spite of administration rhetoric against immigration.
Some Maryland residents who are applying for green cards may be among the majority of green card recipients who are already in the U.S. on some form of temporary visa. According to figures released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, of the roughly 1 million immigrants who get green cards annually, fewer than half are new arrivals. This has been the case since fiscal year 2004. However, there has been a decrease in the number of people already living in the country who receive green cards and an increase in the number of new arrivals who get them.
Families in Maryland that include undocumented members may be unsure of how to deal with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement when they hold these members of the family. It is crucial to remember that when undocumented family members are detained by ICE, it is necessary to act quickly. Much can happen that is not in favor of the people being held if no one acts quickly on their behalf.