A bi-partisan bill eliminating per-country caps on employment-based green cards was recently shot down in the Senate.
The president and the administration are famously unorganized and often are not even on the same page when it comes to agenda and objectives. With so much confusion coming from them, it is hard to figure out the difference between what is law and what are political statements not based in reality.
Immigrants living in California may be interested in learning about the U.S. EB-2 visa. This visa allows individuals who work in specialty occupations, like educators, business managers and doctors, and possess a master's degree to request permanent residence in the U.S.
Employers in California can transfer managers or executives into the country from affiliated offices located in foreign countries by using the L-1A non-immigrant classification. This same classification can also be used by foreign companies that do not have offices in the U.S. to send a manager or executive to the U.S. to establish a location. The relevant USCIS form is I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
Immigrants may be allowed to enter California or any other state to see a dying relative or for other extraordinary reasons. In some cases, they may be given the ability to find employment while they are in the United States. However, the Trump administration has created new guidance that it says will prevent this policy from being abused. A statement from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that it issued the guidance in part because of a national emergency at the border with Mexico.
The Trump administration continues its open assault on those who wish to enter the country and work. The recent ICE raid on poultry processing plants in Mississippi involved the arrest of 700 unregistered workers. The administration followed that up with new regulation that examines the applicant’s ability to earn income, rejecting those with little education or a likelihood of a low income.
The president seems to make announcements or write Tweets about changes to the immigration system on a daily or weekly basis. This happens amid other controversial comments regarding political enemies, perceived slights and other topics. Such is the case this week – he aggressively Tweeted about four liberal freshmen congresswomen (and allowed a racist chant about them at a political rally), the administration has also announced that it has drafted a new immigration bill.
The U.S. Department of State recently updated its work visa forms to now include a social media question on Form DS-160 non-immigrant visa and Form DS-260 immigrant visa applications. The question is: “Do you have a social media presence?” Applicants are expected to provide a list of platforms (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Twitter) and usernames used in the previous five years. Passwords are not to be provided. There will be a long pulldown menu for the platforms, and then a field to enter the information.
The current administration is using many different reasons to prevent visitors from entering the U.S. One that has not gotten a lot of coverage is casual drug use. According to one recent report, a visitor from Britain arriving at LAX was denied entry after 24 hours of questioning and a search that yielded a two-year-old phone text that mentioned cocaine. The visitor who had planned the trip of a lifetime, spending one month in Los Angeles and one in New York City was sent home after admitting to drug use.
We spend a lot of time writing about problems with the immigration system. So it is a nice change of pace to share some good news. Reuters is reporting from the State Department that the Trump administration has no plans to cap H-1B work visas for nations that force foreign companies to store their data here in the U.S. The H-1B is used for skilled foreign workers in such fields as science, engineering, information technology, teaching, and accounting.