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H-1B program helpful to the U.S.

Arizona residents may be interested to know that the H-1B visa has provided economic benefits for both India and the United States. This was the finding of a study conducted by both the University of Michigan and the Center for Global Development. Although researchers noted that the visa could have negative results for some, American workers earned an additional $431 million in 2010 because of the program.

Program allowing expedited H1-B status reinstated

On July 24, the federal government reinstated a program that allows some employers in Arizona and throughout the country to gain faster H-1B visa consideration. Employers must not be subject to the annual visa cap in addition to paying a fee of $1,225. The premium program had been suspended by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in March 2017. Hospitals and non-profits are generally exempt from the annual H-1B visa cap.

More seasonal temporary labor visas to be issued

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, additional visas are being made available for more temporary foreign workers to come to Arizona and elsewhere in the United States on a seasonal basis. While President Donald Trump has become known for his harsh stance on immigration, he has made use of the same visa program to staff his own hotels and resorts.

What to do if immigration officers arrest a family member

Immigration-related arrests are increasing in Arizona and other parts of the country, and a family member might be taken into custody for this reason. When this happens, it may be important to act quickly because the person may be deported after a short period of time. This deportation might happen without due process and could result in the person having trouble returning to the United States.

Fewer visas issued to people from travel ban countries

There may be fewer visitors to Arizona and other states from the seven countries targeted in President Trump's travel ban if an April trend continues. In that month, about half the number of visas were issued to people from those countries compared to any average month in the previous year. Nonimmigrant visas issued dropped about 15 percent in April compared to an average month from the previous year.

University program helps immigrants stay in the U.S.

Arizona residents may be interested to know that immigrants are responsible for founding many startups in America, according to immigration advocates. However, there is no specific visa for foreigners who wish to start their own companies in the United States. In many cases, employers can sponsor foreigners who want to stay in the country, but that doesn't work for those who are their own bosses.

H-1B visa programs may take on a new form under Trump

Immigrants who work in Arizona or other parts of the U.S. on H-1B visas may have to deal with evolving political and legislative landscapes thanks to President Donald Trump. Although Trump has long spoken out against potential flaws in the immigration system, in mid-April 2017, he took what some observers say was his first official move in efforts to bring change to federal work visa programs. Although some legal observers said that his actions lacked teeth, they could represent a shifting tide of official federal policy and open the door to more formal legislation that favors American workers.

Tougher immigration penalties may be imposed

Many Arizona residents are concerned about immigration issues. They may be immigrants themselves, have family members who are interested in immigrating, or may know people who are unsure of their immigration status. Changes in immigration law and policy has made many of them even more anxious.

Border agents detaining holders of special immigration visas

As a result of living in a border state, many Arizona residents are aware of immigration issues, and a new era of aggressive enforcement appears to have dawned. Even holders of special immigration visas, who have sometimes undergone years of vetting and background checks, cannot know for certain if they can enter the United States. The director of the International Refugee Assistance Project said that people in possession of an SIV had not been detained or deported by border agents until recently.

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