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Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Immigration | 0 comments

H-1B Visa: A Stepping Stone to Having a Green Card

With the high increase in the number of Asian-American and Hispanic voters, the need to address immigration reform in the US has become more necessary and urgent. Even studies from Compete America, Republicans for Immigration Reform and Partnership for a New American Economy showed that majority of Americans favored an immigration reform and hinted non-support to any political candidate who would oppose such reform.

Especially when it concerns the high-skilled arena, it is obvious that granting information-technology and other highly-skilled workers the green card, which will allow them to have permanent work and residence in the US, is a much needed move. Due to the difficulty in finding qualified U.S. workers to occupy job vacancies that will pave the way to continued innovation, and the temporary visas issued to most skilled foreign workers, the nations’ competency in the global market is only compromised.

As an alternative to a green card, the H-1B visa is being offered to highly-skilled foreign workers to be able to work in the US for a minimum of three years to a maximum of six years. This non-immigrant visa allows business firms all across the nation to hire computer programmers, engineers, scientists and other highly-trained individuals whose contributions can have a significant effect in the recovery and growth of the US economy. Though temporary, many foreign workers use it as a gateway to gaining a green card.

H-1B visas are prepared and managed by employers, in behalf of foreign employees, leaving the concerned employee usually not aware as to what the law actually says about his/her privileges and rights regarding the possibility of acquiring a green card, permanent work and permanent residency. This is also due to the complexity of the immigration law which, as stated in the website of the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, a firm based in Austin, can be confusing to many immigrant workers. It is also due to the complexity of the immigration law that many highly-skilled and qualified foreigners are denied of their application, rendering them non-productive despite their skills.

Though employers would act in behalf of foreign employees, it is still necessary to have a good immigration lawyer acting to pursue your rights and interests in being granted permanent work and residency in the US, especially after having worked and served the nation for three or six years.

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