It seems that every day brings news of another crackdown from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Over the past several months, the agency has steadily intensified its efforts against immigrants. This has led many critics of ICE to express concern that the agency is becoming frighteningly aggressive toward undocumented immigrants.
In our last blog post, we addressed a few ways that immigrant entrepreneurs can seek permanent residence in the United States. Specifically, we looked at the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, which offers a visa to entrepreneurs who can pledge a significant investment and job creation, and the EB-1A Extraordinary Ability program for entrepreneurs who have rare and exceptional abilities.
Many entrepreneurs emigrate from other countries for the business opportunities that the United States can provide. Even though U.S. law enforcement has been tightening restrictions on immigration, it has not discouraged the many foreign-born entrepreneurs who hope to establish a business here. Rather, it has only motivated these entrepreneurs to explore their options for acquiring a green card.
Many foreign-born nationals live with the constant worry of someone questioning their immigration status, threatening to deport them or even contacting the authorities to detain them. As it turns out, this fear may be warranted. In the past two years, the number of immigrants whose employers have threatened to have them deported has risen dramatically.
Without a doubt, government bureaucracy and red tape can cause a lot of headaches. Usually, these are small issues that are resolved fairly quickly. Recently, though, there was a major bureaucratic mishap that affected nearly a thousand people. Due to a mailing delay, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services mistakenly rejected the work renewal applications of over 900 immigrants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether a given immigrant would be able to legally work in the U.S. depends on many things. This includes what particular U.S. immigration programs they receive benefits through. The various visa and other immigration programs here in the U.S. vary in whether work permits are among the benefits immigrants can receive under them.