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Study shows immigrants don't take jobs from citizens

Some California residents worry that more immigration could lead to fewer jobs and lower wages for U.S. citizen workers. However, a study published on Sept. 21 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine showed that the impact of immigrants on the job prospects of native-born workers is minor. The report also showed some evidence that immigration has a positive effect on the U.S. economy.

Coming Out of the Shadows Through DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a temporary lifeline for thousands of young immigrants. The Migration Policy Institute has reported that California ranks 11th in the nation for applications to the DACA program. This low ranking is unfortunate when you consider that the state actually has the largest number of people who are eligible for the program. Yet, only about 61 percent of the state's eligible population have applied for the program. This is slightly less than the 63 percent national rate.

E-2 Investor visas can promote economic growth and create jobs

Foreign nationals who hold a majority stake in a business in California or any other U.S. state may be eligible to receive an E-2 Treaty Investor visa. The business concerned must be a U.S. company, and the investor must be a citizen of a country that has signed a treaty of commerce and navigation with the United States. Investments in startup companies must be sufficient to cover the costs of getting the business up and running, and investors are able to renew their E-2 visas every two years for an indefinite period.

H-1B employees must receive proper pay

Economic downswings and tough times are not valid excuses for failing to pay H-1B employees properly, according to a administrative ruling that could set an important precedent for California workers. In July, an administrative law judge for the U.S. Department of Labor held that a Florida employer had to adhere to the wage terms established in its Labor Condition Application.

Loophole may be available for some foreign students

Foreign college graduates in California who want to start their own business might be able to obtain an H-1B visa with the help of a university. Usually, the H-1B visa is awarded through a lottery system. Only 85,000 visas are awarded to people who must have bachelor's degrees and skills in math or science. They must also be sponsored by an employer. The odds of winning the lottery are not high. There may be nearly three times as many applicants as there are visas available.

California's law opens up work to many

Unauthorized California immigrants may be wondering how to obtain work permits now that President Obama's immigration plan has been placed in limbo by a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court. However, some people could begin working thanks to a state law that allows unauthorized immigrants to work as independent contractors.

Adjusting status from non-immigrant to permanent resident

Some foreign-born individuals in California qualify for an adjustment of their immigration status. Individuals who did not enter the United States as immigrants may apply for permanent resident status later on. A person who is eligible for an adjustment of immigration status, they will not have to leave the U.S. in order to obtain a green card.

Immigration-related fees set to rise

People in California who are considering filing for permanent residence or citizenship or doing other immigration-related paperwork may want to do so sooner rather than later as the cost of those services is set to rise. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' budget of $3 billion annually is primarily funded by application fees.

Political debate over H-2B guest worker visas intensifies

California residents may be aware that immigration authorities sometimes grant visas to foreign workers who possess specialized training or qualifications, but they may not know that a similar program exists for those who want to enter the United Sates to perform low-paying jobs that require few skills. Workers entering the country on the H-2B visa program are allowed to remain in America for three years, and employers in the hospitality and services sector often say that the program helps their businesses by allowing them to keep their prices competitive.

EB-5 visas as a way to immigrate

Some people who want to immigrate to California are able to do so by using the EB-5 visa program. This type of visa is reserved for foreign investors who are able to invest at least $500,000 or more in job-creating business ventures., and it can provide an eventual path to citizenship for those who qualify.

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