Non Immigrant Visas Should Be Legal

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While it is a hotly debated topic, data shows that not only are H1-B and L1-B non-immigrant visas not costing Americans their jobs, as opponents to the programs contend, but they are, in fact, responsible for job creation in our country. H1-B visas are non-immigrant visas that allow an American employer to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. The intent is to fortify the US workforce with individuals who have specific skill sets and advanced knowledge in their fields. These employees are limited to a 3 year stay in the country, which is extendable to six years in certain circumstances. Applicants are required to have a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in what is described as a field of human endeavor. Fields such as engineering, medicine, business, technology, and law qualify. While there is a cap of 65,000 issued visas per fiscal year, the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that the actual number of H1-B workers in the United States was somewhere between 650,000 and 700,000 as of September, 2009 due to various exemptions and renewals.. Universities, non-profits with university affiliations, and nonprofit or government research organizations are exempt from the fiscal year cap. Since this is an employer sponsored visa, if the foreign worker leaves his or her job, he or she is required to either leave the country, or get a new employer sponsor. L1-B visas are also nonimmigrant visas, meaning that they allow for temporary residency
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