News outlets have been flooded with stories about the push for immigration reform and how that reform could affect illegal immigrants who are living in the United States. However, there are other people who will be affected by immigration reform who have not been in the spotlight much. Specifically, foreign nationals who have been educated in the United States have found it increasingly difficult to obtain work visas after graduation.


The Huffington Post reports that many foreign students are not prepared for how difficult it is to transition from a student visa to a work visa. The difficulty has little to do with merit and more to do with the way that the system is set up.

Each year, more than 350,000 student visas are issued, but only 85,000 H-1B visas are made available for students after they graduate. So, regardless of how long the student has been in the country, how well they did in school or what company is sponsoring their visa, they are likely to be sent home after graduation.

The number of foreign students that are attending U.S. schools is the highest that it has ever been, and a recent report from the Association of International Educators found that those students contribute $24 billion to the economy throughout each school year. Immigration reform advocates argue that the United States is missing out on a great opportunity by sending so many of these students home, because these are people who have a great education and want to work in the country.

Preference Seems To Be Given To Students Going To Work For Tech Companies In Visa Lottery

There are a growing number of technology-related jobs in the United States because of companies like Google and Amazon. These big companies have the resources to get visas for recent graduates, even though the visas are very competitive. This makes it more difficult for students who were educated in other areas to get a visa on their own.

If you have recently graduated, and you are worried about getting an employment visa, we can help. At O’Brien Law Group, we have more than a decade of experience helping foreign nationals living in Kentucky secure visas and remain in the United States. To learn more about our services, Call Us At 502-400-7890 Today!

Experts Worry That Turning Away So Many Applicants Could Make The United States Less Competitive

There are many industries that have a deficit of qualified applicants. Some warn that the United States cannot afford to send so many of our foreign students away. When we do, those highly educated workers will find another country to work in that has less competitive visa policies, making it difficult for us to stay competitive in the global job market.

Applying for an employment-based immigration visa is both complex and time-consuming, and there are ways that you can increase your chances of gaining acceptance. We work hard to give our clients the best chance of staying and working in the United States. To schedule a consultation with an attorney in the Lexington area, Call Us At 502-400-7890 Today!.

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