As a nation, we understand and readily accept the fact that businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities started by immigrants is a positive aspect of our overall economy. With the influx of immigration in the past couple of decades, we would have expected a new increase in immigrant owned companies in recent years. It typically takes about 13 years of training and education before an immigrant could successfully begin a business, and yet there have not been as many new immigrant entrepreneurial pursuits.
Unfortunately our own nation may be to blame for this economic hardship. Processes for obtaining a green card as a young student and eager worker have become much more difficult than they were a decade or so ago. An individual coming to the U.S. with an H-1B visa may be stuck in a low-level job for nearly 10 years before he or she can move forward and progress with their future. This not only discourages individual from pursuing advancements in their career, but it may even deter talented scientists, technicians and businessmen from staying in America.
The recommended course of action to curb the nearly impossible method of obtaining green cards is that the nation's quota be increased, allowing the highly skilled to succeed. Another ideas was to extend the idea of Optional Practical Training for recent immigrant graduates to remain in the U.S. for up to four years with the ability to work. After that time, they would be allowed to apply for a green card. There are additional changes that have been discussed by certain advocates and it is a growing concern amongst those who believe the government is not giving the issue the attention it needs.
If you or a loved one is in need of obtaining green card status, it is important that you attain a qualified and experienced immigration lawyer. They can walk with you in creating a solid case on your behalf so that you can pursue your career, education and livelihood wherever you desire. Contact The Law Office of Tony E. Parada to learn more, offering services in both English and Spanish.