Much has been said about undocumented Immigration, Sanctuary cities etc; but we hardly hear about business Immigration. The recent trends in Business Immigrations are:
The recent Request for Evidence are given for Wage level 1 rates.
Pro: We do need higher level Professionals in the US instead of entry level professionals.
Con: Employers for New H-1B don’t know who they are getting and how they will work. Its difficult to promise them higher wages without seeing their performance
Solution: Do the lottery before we apply. That way we know how much to pay or whether to even employ that person
However for petitions with a higher wage, are getting approved.
Although the standards are same, the burden of proof (which the applicant has) seems to have increased. Again small Companies are at a disadvantage compared to large companies. However Requests for Evidence are also being doled out for larger publicly traded Companies
Right now, if one applies correctly, perms are getting certified in about 5-6 mts. Same with I-140. Not seeing increase in audits.
I-485 Adjustment of status
Although not more difficult, Adjustments both Employment and Family based are taking a lot longer to process.
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