California employers who hire foreign workers and their employees may wonder how a recent United States Citizenship and Immigration Services decision might affect those workers. According to the USCIS, if employers transfer an employee on an H-1B visa to a new location, they must also file an amended H-1B petition.
California readers may be interested to learn that the Obama administration has asked a Texas judge to drop a contempt hearing over work permits mistakenly issued in violation of a court order halting President Barack Obama's controversial immigration initiative. The court hearing is scheduled for later in August.
A recent court decision underscored the fact that all workers in California are protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act regardless of their immigration status. A New York federal court ruled that immigration-related documents are not discoverable in wage and hour lawsuits because the documents are irrelevant. The judge also stated that requiring immigration documents in such a case could intimidate workers who wish to file complaints against their employers.
Some employers in California may be affected by the fact that for fiscal year 2016, almost three times as many applications for H-B1 visas have been made than are available. This type of visa is intended for foreign workers who are skilled in science, engineering and computers, but the government caps it at 85,000. This includes 20,000 set aside for workers who have master's degrees. For the coming year, 233,000 have applied.
International companies may be able to transfer foreign executives or managers to a U.S. office by helping them to secure an L-1A nonimmigrant visa. If a company does not yet have a U.S. office, the L-1A visa may be used so that a foreign manager or executive can come into the U.S. to help establish a new affiliate office.
Religious workers often find that their work takes them across national borders to California and other areas of the United States. They are often eligible for special visas that allow them to live in the U.S. if they are planning to continue their religious work within the country.
All citizens of foreign countries must obtain a visa in order to travel to California or the 49 other states through a national port of entry. If they are not traveling to the United States for pleasure, they will need to get what is called a B-1 visitor visa. These types of visas are to be used for such things as professional conferences, contract negotiations, or educational purposes.
A few weeks ago, we wrote a post about the different types of investor visas that are available. The specifics of each type vary, but in a general sense, it is safe to assume that if you want to obtain an investor visa, you will need to make a significant financial contribution to a commercial enterprise and/or have that investment create a certain number of jobs.
The advent of the internet and its continued and unending proliferation has changed the world forever, and in many ways that is a good thing. The world got "smaller," in a sense, allowing people from all over the world to communicate and exchange ideas. This is very important in a social sense, but it's also important in for business and collaborating on ideas.
Any employer in this country has to file I-9 forms on behalf of their employees. I-9 forms have to be filed out for every employee regardless of whether they are in the country on a visa or if they are a citizen. Essentially, I-9 forms are a system of verification both for employers and employees. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been using the I-9 system in recent years to crack down on employees are employers who are not compliant.