Business & the Workforce

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders

In a rare show of bipartisanship, 130 members of Congress sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirsten Nielsen urging her to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders. This letter is part of an  effort by lawmakers to sway the Trump administration, which has made […]

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Immigrants Create Jobs for American Workers, Boosting the U.S. Employment Rate

Immigrants Create Jobs for American Workers, Boosting the U.S. Employment Rate

When immigrants bring their skills to the U.S. labor market, everyone—immigrants and native-born workers alike—benefit from their company. Research has repeatedly shown that native-born workers are advantaged by the presence of immigrant workers in the labor market. A new report from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) adds to this growing body of research. […]

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What You Need to Know About Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

What You Need to Know About Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs

The United States depends on a growing private sector to remain strong and immigrant entrepreneurship is a key component to this growth. Immigrants are more likely to start businesses than their native-born counterparts. Though much has been written about immigrant entrepreneurs, far less is known about the specific role that immigrant women play as entrepreneurs. […]

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New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

In another attempt to restrict legal immigration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to the way foreign students and exchange visitors accrue unlawful presence—a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized stay has ended. Effective August 9, 2018, this […]

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Is USCIS Exceeding Its Authority as It Attempts to Restrict “Specialty Occupation” Workers?

Is USCIS Exceeding Its Authority as It Attempts to Restrict “Specialty Occupation” Workers?

As U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins adjudicating H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 “cap,”—the annual limit on the number of visas that will be made available for newly-hired foreign workers in “specialty occupations”—employers can expect attacks on this popular category to continue. Congress has defined a “specialty occupation” as requiring […]

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Delays in the Increase of Seasonal Worker Visas May Prove Too Late for Certain Industries

Delays in the Increase of Seasonal Worker Visas May Prove Too Late for Certain Industries

Failure to get H-2B (seasonal worker) visas approved has put Maryland’s seafood industry in jeopardy. Almost half of the Eastern Shore’s crab houses do not have workers they need to pick the meat as the crab season begins. The government’s inability to meet employers’ growing seasonal labor demands will not only have a detrimental impact […]

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Immigrants Are Founding a Quarter of New Businesses in the United States

Immigrants Are Founding a Quarter of New Businesses in the United States

National Small Business Week, which runs from April 29 to May 5, highlights the hard work of the United States’ business owners, entrepreneurs, and innovators. America’s small businesses—nearly 30 million in total—employ almost half of all U.S. workers. In order to fully celebrate the contributions of businesses both large and small, we must also recognize […]

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Fewer Foreign Doctors Could Spell Disaster for America’s Most Underserved Communities

Fewer Foreign Doctors Could Spell Disaster for America’s Most Underserved Communities

The United States has long been the country of choice for international physicians seeking a graduate medical education. But for the second year in a row, the number of foreign doctors who applied to graduate residency programs in the United States has declined. This has triggered concern that the Trump administration’s strict immigration policies are […]

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H-1B Cap Has Been Reached in First Week for Sixth Consecutive Year, USCIS Announces

H-1B Cap Has Been Reached in First Week for Sixth Consecutive Year, USCIS Announces

Demonstrating a critical demand for educated foreign workers in the United States, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within 5 business days. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B petitions on April 2, and on April 6, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal […]

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Allowing Spouses of H-1B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

Allowing Spouses of H-1B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

As part of the April 2017 “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, the Trump administration announced that it intends to revoke the employment eligibility of the spouses of foreign workers with H-1B visas. These changes, if implemented, could have distressing effects on many of these workers, their families, and American competitiveness. Known as “H-4 […]

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