Imagine this: A bright, young computer-science student from abroad secures the opportunity to study in the United States. She applies herself diligently and receives great grades.

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By the time she graduates, she is the ideal prospect for tech companies. She wants to stay and work in the country that educated her, and there is no shortage of companies who would hire her, but she is sent home because there aren’t enough visas to go around.

Stop imagining, because this is happening right now. Computer World reports that Congress is continuously looking for ways to fill technology jobs, but they’ve failed to address the one method that could actually help: raising the number of H1-B visas that are issued.

Faced With A Shortage Of H-1B Visas, Employers Are Looking For New Ways To Recruit

The United States only offers 65,000 H1-B visas per year to companies who apply before the April 1 deadline. The Financial Times reports that large tech companies are finding it difficult to fill positions, and the popularity of the H1-B program means that the visas are given out in a lottery, which is hardly a reliable way to recruit talent.

The lack of H-1B visas forces companies to look for creative ways to hire immigrant workers. Mostly, they shift their strategies to meet job vacancies by pursuing other types of visas. Some employers are looking for ways to hire workers abroad and transfer them to the United States, a process regulated by a different type of employment program.

If you are finding it difficult to obtain an employment visa in Louisville, contact us. At the O’Brien Law Group, we have extensive experience working with both employers and prospective employees to find ways to secure a visa. To learn more about our services or to speak with an attorney about your specific immigration issue, contact us by calling 502-400-7890.

The Government Is Taking A Closer Look At The H-1B And L-1B Visa Programs

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to closely examine the work-visa program and determine exactly which requirements to enforce. In the past few years, the USCIS has been challenging the vast majority of L-1B visa petitions.

Furthermore, they’ve been asking for increasing amounts of proof from employers that the position exists and that they are in compliance with every detail of the law. Experts say that we should expect this trend to continue for the foreseeable future, which is supported by the USCIS’s announcement that they are giving the law a closer look.

It is more important than ever to make sure that you complete your application by the book to avoid any chance of rejection for preventable reasons. At the O’Brian Law Group, we specialize in helping our clients determine the right strategies and programs to stay in the country. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 502-400-7890..

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