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Views on H-1B immigrant workers are mixed

Immigrant workers in Florida holding H-1B visas receive permission to enter the country because their employers need their skills, which are usually unavailable or in short supply among American citizens. Nationwide, many people believe these immigrant workers take jobs that could have gone to Americans. A survey conducted by a newspaper and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group found that 45 percent of respondents held this view.

Respondents residing in Silicon Valley, where the technology industry employs many H-1B visa holders, regarded these immigrants in a more positive light. Only 23 percent of people living in the Bay Area thought that employment visas for skilled workers prevented Americans from finding work.

An H1-B visa enables a person to work in the United States for six years. Their spouses may enter the country legally with H-4 visas. Every year, the country grants 85,000 visas to skilled foreign workers. About 20,000 of these visas are given to people with advanced degrees. Under the Trump Administration, people applying for H-1B visas have faced stricter criteria and more paperwork. In addition, immigration authorities have inspected work sites looking for abuses of the program.

A person who needs information about employment immigration issues could consult an attorney. Legal advice could provide insights into how to approach immigration authorities. An attorney could organize paperwork about the client's educational credentials and employer sponsorship. With legal support, one might have access to current information about immigration rules and avoid making mistakes within a complex bureaucracy. An attorney could strive to prepare a complete application and respond to any challenges from immigration officials.

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