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Enrollment of first-time foreign students declines

The United States is widely reputed to have some of the best colleges and universities in the world. Students from all over the globe immigrate to the United States to receive an education at an institution of higher learning. That is, until this year.

For the first time in twelve years, the enrollment of first-time international students in U.S. colleges and universities has dropped. A survey from the Institute of International Education found a three-percent decline in the enrollment of foreign students who were attending an American institution for the first time.

Concerns arising regarding check-ins and immigration arrests

The circumstances under which immigrants end up in immigration detention here in the U.S. vary greatly. Immigration arrests can occur in many different situations. A recent Vice News article raises questions as to whether it is becoming more common for immigrants to face such arrests, and rapid deportation, following immigration check-ins.

Check-ins are a regular part of life for certain individuals who have a pending immigration case, such as a pending order of removal. Some immigrants are put on custodial supervision while their case is going through the system. Sometimes, part of being under such supervision includes having to regularly check in with immigration agents.

Visa overstays can come about in a wide range of ways

Every year, millions of people come to the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas. Such visas have time limits on them. Staying in the U.S. after a visa expires puts a foreign national in a very precarious situation.

It is a situation hundreds of thousands of individuals ended up in last year. According to federal data, overstaying a visa was something over half a million people did here in the U.S. that year.

Upcoming TPS decisions could impact hundreds of thousands of people

There are certain decisions that have major implications for individuals from foreign countries who live here in the United States. Included among these are decisions by the federal government on whether or not to renew a given avenue for immigration benefits. Soon, some such decisions will be made touching on certain individuals who receive protections under the Temporary Protected Status program.

Under the TPS program, individuals from countries that are designated for the program can receive immigration benefits in the U.S. if they meet certain eligibility requirements. These benefits include protection from deportation. They also include eligibility to seek out an employment authorization document.

Policy changes made regarding green card holders who join the military

Among the desires green card holders here in the U.S. may have is a desire to one day become an American citizen. What routes and options a given permanent resident would have regarding pursuing U.S. citizenship can depend on their circumstances. Immigration lawyers can advise green card holders on what their particular situation would mean for the goals they have. This includes any goals related to U.S. citizenship. They can also assist green card holders with navigating naturalization issues specific to their situation.

When it comes to the naturalization process, one group of green card holders that can receive special treatment are those who are serving in the U.S. military. Receiving a “certification of honorable service” in the military qualifies a permanent resident for expedited naturalization.

US will collect social media information from immigrants

There is no shortage of immigration news in recent months. In late Sept., the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a policy to review social media and online usage by immigrants with personal residency status and even some naturalized citizens. The data collection begins on Oct. 18.

The new policy follows a pilot program focused on fiancé visas after the mass shooting in San Bernardino in 2015. There were similar discussions of applying the requirement to foreign visitors earlier this year.

New immigrant protections signed into law in California

An immigrant can be full of worries when they are facing deportation or are in a situation where they fear they could end up in deportation proceedings. An important thing for individuals in such situations to know is that there are protections and rights immigrants have here in the United States. Recently, new laws were passed in California aimed at establishing additional protections for immigrants in the state.

Nearly a dozen immigration-related bills were signed into law in the state last Thursday. They touch on a variety of subjects. One is aimed at halting growth in the use of for-profit immigration detention centers. Others add new protections for immigrants in the workplace, schools and housing.

Suspension of H-1B premium processing now fully lifted

Time can be of the essence for a company when it comes to filling a given staffing need. Delays in a business being able to bring a prospective hire on board could impact the hiring’s ability to achieve the company’s workforce goals. So, one of the concerns a business may have when navigating immigration issues related to hiring a foreign worker is how long the process will end up taking.

There are various things that could cause employment immigration matters to take a fair deal of time. The processing of petitions can sometimes be a lengthy process. Also, certain mistakes by an employer could create delays in the process. So, when a company is hoping for a speedy resolution of an employment immigration matter, it can be critical for it to understand what options it might have for speeding the process up and how to avoid missteps that could slow the process down. Businesses can seek out advice from skilled immigration lawyers on what can be done to try to keep employment immigration matters smooth and speedy.

Challenges of H-1B petitions up this year

Among the immigration matters that might come up for U.S. businesses in their efforts towards their workforce goals are H-1B visa matters. H-1B visas are a type of temporary U.S. work visa that employers can seek out for specialty workers from other countries.

Petitioning for an H-1B visa for a prospective hire is a complex process. Additionally, there are certain things that could create added difficulties for a business when it comes to this process. So, a business may want an immigration attorney’s help and guidance throughout the process of pursuing an H-1B visa for a foreign worker it wants to bring onto its staff.

Talent acquisition concerns can come up over work visa challenges

Acquiring the right talent can be critical for a business. Among the things that could pose challenges for U.S. companies when it comes to such acquisition are problems with procuring work visas. Such problems could make it much harder to bring in foreign talent to meet a company’s unique needs.

It appears that worries over work visa challenges creating talent acquisition problems may be rather common in the U.S. business community these days. According to a recent report, significant concerns about work visa shortages creating talent acquisition difficulties are something around 80 percent of large employers have.

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