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Employment immigration changes possible for H-1B visas

When individuals want to come to the United States for employment reasons, they still have to follow the proper legal steps. Employment immigration is immensely popular as prospective employers and employees alike want to find the best opportunities. Certain visas, like the H-1B, allow individuals to come to California and other parts of the country for specialty occupations.

Currently, federal law allows the United States to issue 65,000 H-1B visas each year, and that limit tends to reach capacity quickly. These visas are used by employers to hire foreign graduate-level workers in industries like medicine, mathematics, information technology and engineering. The president used social media recently to issue a statement indicating that changes would be coming to the H-1B visa program.

The tweet went on to state that the change would bring "simplicity and certainty" and also include a possible path to citizenship. However, H-1B visa holders already have a potential path to citizenship because their employers could sponsor them for permanent residency and, in turn, help them become eligible for citizenship. A spokesman for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stated that the changes the tweet referred to coincide with proposed changes to the program likely to be finalized this year, which include increasing the number of available visas by 16 percent for individuals with advanced degrees from American universities.

Many companies and people rely on employment immigration for various reasons. When changes are made to these visa programs, it is important that both employers and potential employees understand what the modifications mean. If individuals need assistance in navigating the various visa programs, they may wish to consult with knowledgeable California attorneys.

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