Technology Workers May Have New Immigration Benefits in the Near Future
A bi-partisan bill featuring immigration reform for foreigners who work in high-tech sectors has been reintroduced in the Senate today. The bill, which was spearheaded by six Senators, would allow more immigrants who have skills that are in demand in areas like Silicon Valley to get employment visas.
The bill is being called the Immigration Innovation Act, and it has so far earned the support of both Republicans and Democrats alike. The bill has been reintroduced after a growing need for skilled labor in the country’s high-tech sector has caused economic troubles in many parts of the country. Should the act go through, students who came here to study tech will be able to have a better chance at gaining citizenship and using their skills to get jobs in their field stateside.
So far, immigration reform has been a major issue that many politicians are scared to approach on a grand scale. Tech lobbyists who pushed the bill are hoping that the singling out of the industry will make more politicians open to signing it into law.
The current laws that are set into place has a maximum amount of highly skilled workers to enter the US at 65,000. Both the high tech industry and the medical industry have been lobbying to raise that number to at least 100,000. The bill, if it’s pushed through, will raise the cap to 115,000 highly skilled foreign workers allowed in the country.
Along with a higher cap, the proposed bill also would reissue unused green card numbers and allow more researchers to live in the United State. For those who are technology company owners, this bill could make or break a company’s ability to find affordable new talent that keeps them afloat in their first years.
Immigration laws are constantly changing in the United States, and they are getting increasingly complex. If you are not sure whether or not you’re able to stay in the US, you will need the help of an immigration lawyer to make sure that you have the best shot at citizenship possible. Not having the right lawyer to help you work through the citizenship process can mean a rejected application, or even deportation.
If you need a lawyer who really understands immigration law on a grand scale, contact the law office of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC today.