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February 2019 Archives

Proposal would eliminate work permits for H-1B spouses

A change in employment rules for the spouses of H-1B visa holders in Florida and throughout the country may be coming. If the regulation is passed, spouses will no longer be eligible for employment. The Department of Homeland Security has completed its work on the potential policy change, and on Feb. 20, the proposal was received at the Office of Management and Budget.

Child spouse immigration petitions face closer scrutiny

According to reports published in January by the Associated Press, more than 5,000 adults around the country have submitted immigration petitions to bring underage spouses into the United States. The reports also reveal that 3,000 minors have submitted petitions to bring in older fiancées or spouses. The Trump administration responded to these reports on Feb. 15 by announcing new rules and vowing to scrutinize these and similar applications closely, and this could have an impact on Florida residents.

Employers prepare for H-1B filing season

Employers in Florida and around the country can begin submitting applications for H-1B visas on April 1, but many that do are likely to be disappointed. The H-1B visa is offered to foreign workers who have earned a college degree and possess special skills, but the sheer volume of applications received each year by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services greatly surpasses the number of available visas.

Tactics immigrants can use to obtain legal status in America

According to Pew Research, about 36 percent of immigrants living in Florida and throughout the United States have a college degree. That translates to about 14.7 million foreigners who have a college degree or other type of advanced degree. In a 2018 survey, 78 percent of American adults said they supported highly skilled immigrants coming to the United States. The U.S. offers four pathways for these immigrants to obtain legal status.

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