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Trump throws support behind point system-based immigration bill

Obtaining a green card or becoming a U.S. citizen is the ultimate goal for many workers who come to California. Immigration reform has been a central aim for the Trump administration and now President Donald Trump has publicly supported a bill that would drastically alter the methods for determining who is eligible to become a permanent resident.

H-1B holders’ spouses’ ability to work remains uncertain

Workers who come to California to live and work in Riverside County under an H-1B visa often bring their families along with them. Spouses and children of those workers are eligible to receive an H-4 visa. For a long time, the spouses of H-1B workers who held H-4 visas were not allowed to seek employment in the United States. However, in 2015, the Obama administration made it possible for such spouses to obtain authorization for employment as long as they met certain eligibility requirements, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Many Chinese investors seeking visas rather than residency

Immigrants come to live in Riverside County for a variety of reasons, including for purposes related to their employment or business. Each year, China is one of the countries with the largest number of investors seeking to come to the United States. In the past, the EB-5 program was popular with Chinese businesspeople, as it allowed recipients to become permanent residents. However, according to Forbes, as many as one-third of potential Chinese investors may now be looking to an L-1 visa instead.

What a merit-based immigration system could potentially look like

Anyone who is seeking to come to the United States to live or work in Corona, California has to meet certain criteria. While some people come to the country because of their employment, many others come to be reunited with family members who are already citizens. In a recent speech, President Donald Trump signaled his desire to move away from a family-based model and adopt a merit-based system for deciding who can come to the U.S. Here is a look at what that type of system may involve.

The future is uncertain for many potential H-1B workers

Certain types of workers from other countries with specialized skills are highly desirable to U.S. employers. Those looking to immigrate to Riverside County to work in one of these skilled positions would need to obtain a H-1B visa. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the person applying for the H-1B visa must already have a job offer by a U.S. employer who can then petition on the worker’s behalf.

The EB-5 visa gives foreign investors a path to U.S. citizenship

While visas are available for those who wish to immigrate to Riverside County for employment purposes, a different kind of visa exists for those who have money they are looking to invest in American companies. The EB-5 visa was created in 1990 as a way for foreign investors to help spark economic growth in the United States.

How do I qualify for an EB-1 permanent worker visa?

If you are immigrating to California from another country because of your job, you may be eligible to obtain status as a permanent worker. There are several different categories of permanent workers. The EB-1 category is considered a first-preference visa and is reserved for those workers with “extraordinary abilities.”

Census database informs study on immigrant entrepreneurs

Measuring statistics and providing real-time answers to economic questions has been difficult for researchers who are eager to contribute to the immigration debate in California and the rest of the country. Assessing the role that immigrants play in the U.S. workforce, and the economy, has involved analysis of a wide range of sources, and results often seem inconclusive. Gathering information from government databases may be a way to decipher some of the answers.

Who qualifies for the EB-3 immigrant visa?

If you have an employer or potential employer in the United States who wants you to work for a company in California, he or she may file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services so that you can receive a work visa. The USCIS explains that if you do not qualify for first or second preference employment-based visas, you may fit into one of the categories for a third preference visa, or EB-3.

Is your education or experience sufficient for the H-1B visa?

If you have an employer who is planning to petition for you to move to California and work through an H-1B visa, there are certain requirement that you must meet before you can be approved. While some of these are straightforward, there are others that may need to be determined by an adjudicator. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, whether your degree earned in another country or your work experience is comparable to a U.S. bachelor’s degree is one such issue.

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