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Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in USA |

US Business wants the government to proceed with the immigration reform

Heads of major US companies urged the government to proceed of the immigration reform if it wants US to retain the pace of its economic growth during the next decade. The Business Roundtable, an influential group representing top chief executives, said that fixing America’s “broken immigration system” would unleash a powerful force that drives growth and bolsters the business sector. There was a report that was issued which made the economic case for reform in the immigration system. The report coincided with the defeat of one of the most powerful republican politicians Eric Cantor, who was seen as having pro-immigration attitudes. Cantor lost to the relatively unknown Dave Brat who positioned his campaign message against the legalization of illegal immigrants currently living in United States which was supported by Cantor. The fall of Cantor means that Republican party will not support the “pathway to citizenship” program that is put forward by the President Barack Obama and that will provide the 12 million illegal immigrants that live in USA with a way to legalize their presence in the country. Considering all these developments, the Business Roundtable, in its new report, called for “sensible” reform, saying there were compelling reasons to fix a system that includes an ongoing flood of illegal immigrants across the US-Mexico border. The report concludes that the immigration reform, if executed properly might increase the GDP by 4,8% over the next twenty year and at the same time it  can reduce the federal deficits by 1,2 trillion dollars. Immigration reform would expand the US labor force, thus directly boosting overall economic output, and increase tax revenues, helping brighten the country’s long-term fiscal outlook. It is a well-known fact that immigrants or children of immigrants founded 40% of the Fortune 500 companies. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your US visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Nov 22, 2013 in USA |

Former US Vice President candidate calls for economic-based model of immigration

The former candidate for Vice President Paul Ryan has announced at a conference that US government wants to move from the current family-based model of immigration to economic-based model of immigration.  Mr Ryan told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council conference that this would require a ‘step-by-step approach’ and possibly as many as ‘seven or eight different pieces of legislation. As far as the president Obama is concerned he has stated that he is ready to support such kind of approach as long as it addresses the matter of the 11,5 million illegal immigrants that live in United States and find appropriate and fair solution that gives them clear path to citizenship. The beginning of the reform started in March 2013 when group of eight senators four Republicans and four Democrats created a new bill that contains the following measures; An increase of $4.5bn in spending on border security, clear pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in the country. An increase in the number of H-1B ‘specialty occupation’ temporary work visas granted each year from 85,000 annually to a maximum of about 200,000 annually. The senate that is controlled by the Democratic Party has passed the bill. In order to become a law it must pass through the House of Representatives as well, which is currently under the control of the republicans. While many of the Republicans agree with the President Obama that the immigration system is broken many of them do not agree on the way it should be fixed. The republicans do not agree that the illegal immigrants should be given a path to citizenship because they think that this way people will be encouraged to broke the law in order to enter the territory of USA. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your US visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 29, 2013 in USA |

Republicans may block the US immigration reform

The bitter disagreement between republicans and democrats about the debt ceiling and the government budget means that there is a very chance that the immigration reform will be passing through the congress during the current year. Before the last presidential elections Barack Obama promised that he will make the immigration reform one of his main priorities during the second term. The complexities of the American political system have however made very difficult for the president to achieve any progress with the reform. Representative Raul Labrador, a Republican from Idaho, told US journalists ‘after the way the President acted over the last two or three weeks where he would refuse to talk to the speaker of the House [of Representatives], they’re not going to get immigration reform. That’s done’. Some democrats however think that the republicans will agree on the immigration reform out of desire for self preservation. Opinion shows that most of the American public blames the Republican Party for the fact that many important government decisions have failed to pass through the congress during the last four years. In order to gain support for the immigration reform the President Obama has assigned the drafting of the immigration bill to eight senators – four republicans and four democrats. If the bill becomes a law it will increase twice the number of H-1B visas that are available for skilled foreign immigrants. In addition to that the bill will allow for Phd graduates from US universities to apply for Green Card program. Last but not least the bill will create a pathway to citizenship for more than 11,5 million illegal immigrants that live in the country. In order to become a law however the bill must be accepted from the both houses of the Congress – the senate and the House of the Representatives.  The Senate is controlled by President Obama’s Democrats, by a small majority, whereas the House is controlled by the Republicans, again by a small majority. This means that, in order to get any legislation through Congress, a certain amount of bipartisan cooperation is required. Visa First is...

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Posted on Oct 28, 2013 in USA |

US green card lottery may meet its end

In 2013 the closing date for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program which is popularly known as the Green Card will close on 2 November. All people that are interested in participating in the lottery must submit their applications by then. It is required that all applications are made online. There are not any associated fees for processing the application documents. Every year 50 000 Green Cards are issued to foreigners who want to work and live in United States. The annual Green Card Lottery was first held in 1995. It is open to citizens of countries with historically low levels of immigration to the US and is designed to increase the diversity of the US population. Each year, all applications are entered into a lottery and 50,000 people are selected at random. The winners must send their document to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Even people who have won the lottery may not be eligible to receive green card if they do not meet certain requirements. Those include high school education and two years experience in qualifying occupation in the last five years. In addition to that all applicants must come from such countries that have low rates of immigration to United States. Even if you do come from one of these countries you may be able to apply if your spouse was born in another country not on the list or if your parents were born in another country which is not on the list of barred countries. The Green Program may meet its end during thenext year. The president Obama has promised to make immigration reform one of the priorities in his second term. Currently several bills are designed which if are accepted by the Congress will abolish the program. The STEM jobs act for example will make green cards only available for foreigners that are graduates of US universities and hold degree in STEM area blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Oct 4, 2013 in USA |

US Government will not affect immigration

According to a spokesman of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the current US government shutdown which continues in its second week will probably not affect significantly the operation of the Immigration authorities in the country. The reason for this is because the immigration officers receive most of their salaries from the processing fees which all applicants pay in order to have their visa applications received. The federal budget of United States must be approved before 30 September of every year. Currently, however this has not happened since democrats and republicans cannot agree on how much money the government should spend for the new healthcare program that was introduced by the president Barack Obama on 1st of October. The President has refused to make any negotiations on his signature healthcare law which has led republicans to block the new budget, a move that has resulted in an US government shutdown for first time in 17 years. All non-essential functions of the government were closed and employees were sent in unpaid vacation. The shutdown will not have any significant effect on the visa applicants due to the fact that 95% of USCIS’s budget is covered by fees so the department will not have to lay people off in the visa processing department but the E-Verify system, which allows US employers to check the immigration status of potential employees, will close down as this is funded from the federal budget. of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for accepting and processing visas on the territory of United States. The State Department which processes visa application in the embassies and consulates will also remain largely unaffected by the shutdown for now.   Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your US visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in USA |

Illegal Immigration in USA rises

The number of people, who illegally cross the US border is increasing again after it has dropped during the recession. The total number of immigrants living in this country unlawfully edged up from 11.3 million in 2009 to 11.7 million last year, with those from countries other than Mexico at an apparent all-time high, according to a report released Monday by the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. In historical perspective the number of immigrants coming to US has always been tied to the strength of the US economy. After the 2009 the employment rate in US has risen with more than one 1%, in addition to that the construction sector, where traditionally a lot of low-skilled immigrants work has emerged from the recession which started in 2008. According to many immigration experts it is hard to predict whether the number of illegal migrants will beat the previous record of 12 million that was reached during 2007. Some of them doubt this due the changing nature of various demographic characteristics such as the aging of the Mexican workforce. Om addition to that the labor demand in US is still slow and the economic recovery is too sluggish which diminishes the employment opportunities that US immigrants have. As the latest numbers of illegal immigration in US come out, the prospect for introducing a new immigration bill appears to be dismal. A bill passed by the Democratic-controlled Senate and backed by the White House includes billions for border security as well as a 13-year path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants already here illegally. Many of the republicans in the House of Representatives reject the comprehensive approach and prefer many single issue immigration bills instead. Visa First is a leading international consulting company. We can help you to apply for your US visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Aug 6, 2013 in USA |

How does the immigration affect salaries in USA

Immigration remains one of the most important issues that the Policy makers in United States are facing. While the House of Representatives continues to study the issue, the Senate recently passed a bill, S.744, that can serve as a starting point for understanding what immigration reform could mean for American workers. How the immigration affects the US market depends mostly on the fact whether US citizens and immigrants are competing for the same kind of jobs or complement each other on the labor market. Despite the popular fears that immigrants may steal jobs from local citizens, many economic studies suggest that foreign workers actually increase the average salaries and expand job opportunities available for Americans. How is this possible? The answer lies in the way that the economy evolves to incorporate immigrants. For instance, less-skilled immigrants working in, say, agriculture, construction, or household services, appear to improve the wages and earnings of Americans by expanding the capacity of American businesses and farms, increasing the responsibility and pay of American foremen and supervisors, and providing expanded opportunities for higher-skilled Americans, particularly women, to pursue higher-paying careers. In addition to that the level of skills that the foreigners have is also crucial when assessing the impact they have on the labor markets. According to the recent statistics most of the US immigrants have at least high-school degree. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to obtain your US visa fast and hassle-free today. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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