Category: Employment-Based Immigration

DHS Finalizes Rules on Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas

In November, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rules on the employment-based, non-immigrant and immigrant visa programs available in the United States. The changes were intended to make it easier for US employers to hire foreign citizens eager to work in the country. These rules will come into effect on January 17th, 2017. Read the rest of this entry »

Why are Americans Working Abroad Giving Up Citizenship?

Many Americans working abroad are renouncing their citizenship because of tax requirements imposed by U.S. tax laws. For Illinois residents employed overseas, an immigration lawyer in Chicago can explain tax laws that have an impact on people working in a foreign country. Read the rest of this entry »

Immigration Reform and the American Economy

America’s broken immigration system is in desperate need of reform, and according to expert analysts, changes to the system could have a significant impact on the U.S. economy. While advocates for immigration reform are quick to highlight the economic boost that would likely result, critics point out a number of negative effects it could have on the American economy, native born laborers, and the United States as a whole.

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Common Issues Confronting Corporate Recruiters

A variety of factors from increased government crackdown on businesses employing illegal immigrants to a gap between the skills American companies require and the skills American workers can provide. Businesses all over the country are spending ever greater attention on immigration law matters as they make up their workforce gaps. Unfortunately, companies are continually confronted with the same set of problems as they try to navigate the nuances involved in immigration law matters. Read the rest of this entry »

Proposed Legislation Would Restrict H-1B Visas

As Congress has increased its scrutiny on immigration and related issues, a proposed bill would change the application process and restrict H-1B visa exemptions for certain workers. Chicago corporations have relied on the availability of H-1B visas to hire foreign nationals to fill highly skilled positions for which the companies have had difficulty finding qualified U.S. citizens and residents. Read the rest of this entry »

Labor Certification Offers Employers More Permanent Options For Skilled Workers

The foreign worker program in the United States allows employers to hire non-American workers for a variety of skilled and unskilled positions. Most employers are familiar with the H-1 temporary work visa program; however, for skilled laborers, an immigration lawyer in Illinois can find a more permanent solution through the EB visa program.
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A Review of the Obama Administration’s Immigration Policy

In November of 2014, President Barack Obama announced a new immigration policy that would enable certain undocumented immigrants to apply for a program which would allow them to remain in the United States for three years and work legally. In order to qualify, immigrants would only have to meet two criteria. First, they must have children who are either legal United States Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents, also commonly referred to as Green Card Holders. Second, under the policy they would be required to have been in the United States since January of 2010.
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