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Jorge Chacon Provides Quarterly International Business Report

Posted: August 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Please enjoy a copy of Jorge Chacon’s International Business Report. Jorge Chacon runs Jorolco International Ventures. He provides business creation and intelligence, search and evaluation of foreign agents and distributors, Linkage to foreign vendors and markets, exposure of products and services to global markets and language translation solutions.

Jorolco Foreign Business Report -Special Edition August 20, 2012

Jorge Chacon and Jose Mendez

Hosts Jorge Chacon and Jose Mendez at International Business Lunch. August, 2012.

 


Sarasota International Business Lunch

Posted: August 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

A few weeks ago, Jaensch Immigration Law Firm was invited to attend the annual International Business Lunch hosted by Jorge Chacon and the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce. The International Business Lunch was started as a way to build connections between Florida’s Sun Coast and Latin America.

Michael Marquet, Marketing Coordinator at Jaensch Immigration Law Firm, attended the lunch along with representatives from several US-Latin American Chambers of Commerce, local business people and county commissioners.

The topic of discussion this year was Colombia. Jay Almeida, President and CEO of the International Business Council of Florida, spoke about the opportunities that this now largely peaceful country presents. Colombia has signed several new free trade agreements in recent years. Their free trade agreement with the United States was ratified this spring. Both sides stand to gain from the opening of Colombia’s economy to trade. Colombia’s proximity to the United States makes it an ideal gateway for goods coming into or out of South America. Moreover, Colombia’s lack of a large government debt and low inflation rate make for stable economic projections moving forward.

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm can enable any international entrepreneur or investor who wants to come to the Sun Coast to do so legally and for an extended period of time.

Michael enjoyed making new connections at the lunch. Some of the people he met were:

Jorge Chacon and Jose Mendez

Hosts Jorge Chacon and Jose Mendez

Manatee County Commissioners Larry Bustle and John Chappie with Carlos Buqueras, Director of Port Manatee

Manatee County Commissioners Larry Bustle and John Chappie with Carlos Buqueras, Director of Port Manatee

Jose Mendez and Luis Soto

Host Jose Mendez with business consultant Luis Soto.

Jorge Chacon, Cesar G. Gomez, Jay Almeida, Hasmukh and Nina Ghandhi

From left to right: Jorge Chacon, Cesar G. Gomez, Jay Almeida, Hasmukh and Nina Ghandhi


H1-B Cap Reached

Posted: June 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, National News | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

FY 2013 H-1B Cap

On June 11, 2012, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2013.  On June 7, 2012, USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.  USCIS will reject petitions subject to the cap for H-1B specialty occupation workers seeking an employment start date in FY 2013 that are received after June 11, 2012.


F1 Student Visa; How to Maximize Employability (STEMs)

Posted: June 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Earlier this week there was an article on certain bills brought before the US Congress concerning US student visa laws.  This is a follow-up to that article.  This article explains what STEM majors are and why they are.

It is difficult to find employment in the USA with an F1 Student Visa.  US Immigration Law restricts the kinds of gainful activities an F1 student visa holder can pursue.  This makes it hard for foreign students to support themselves while they are studying.  But there are some exceptions.  An F1 student visa holder can work off campus after the first year of study if that work falls into 3 categories:

  • Curricular Practical Training
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Optional Practical Training Extension (OPT)

What this means is that in order for an F1 student to qualify for employment, that employment has to be related to the student’s major.  It also has  to be approved by the Designated School Official (the person authorized to maintain the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)) and USCIS.

Now this is important.  If you are an F1 student visa holder and you want to work, certain majors qualify for longer periods of work than others.  Here is a list of F1 Student Majors with Better Chances of Employment.  If you pursue them you could qualify for up to 29 months of employment while still under an F1 student visa.  We highly recommend you consider pursuing these majors.  Not only are they in high demand but they can help you support yourself better while you study.

We especially recommend Math, Medical Informatics, Business Statistics, Actuarial Science, Management Science and Quantitative Methods.

Good luck F1 Students in pursuit of your studies!


US Student Visa Bills Before Congress

Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, National News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

US Student Visa laws are getting a second look in Congress these days.  In an attempt to strengthen the US economy, several senators introduced bills this week that would reform US student visa regulations.  The determining factor is the major that student visa holders decide to pursue.  Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related majors are looked upon very favorably.  A student visa holder pursuing one of these majors has a smoother immigration process than one who pursues a non-STEM major.  Look for an article later this week that explains more about STEMs.

One of the bills, S. 3192, the Sustaining our Most Advanced Researchers and Technology Jobs Act of 2012 or the “SMART Jobs Act” would create a new F-4 visa for foreign students pursuing a masters of doctorate in STEM fields in the US.  After securing full time employment in a STEM field the graduates may have their status adjusted to Legal Permanent Resident.

Another new bill is S. 3185, the Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century or “STAR Act.” This bill would allocate 55,000 immigrant visas for eligible STEM graduates (Master’s and Ph.D.) of qualifying U.S. research institutions who have job offers in related fields by eliminating the so-called “Diversity Visa” lottery program.

There is also S. 3217, the StartUp Visa Act 2.0.  As David Leopold states in his blog on the bill: “The Senators propose to…attract foreign talent and “jump start” the economy by creating an Entrepreneur’s Visa for immigrants who establish businesses in the U.S. that create American jobs… The proposal also creates a green card for foreign students who have graduated from American Universities with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics.”

All these proposals are still bills and need to pass both houses of Congress and be signed by the President before they become law.  But they are part of a larger pattern in Congress.  Many Congressmen and Senators agree, we are better off with more student visa holders pursuing a STEM-related degree.


2012 H1-B Visas Cap Table

Posted: April 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, National News | No Comments »

This table displays the number of H1-B Visas applied for by the date shown.  As we receive updates we will be adding more information to the table.  Stay tuned.

Date Master Cap Regular Cap Total
4/9/12 8,200 17,400 25,600
4/13/12 9,700 20,600  30,300 
4/25/12 10,900 25,000 35,900
       

 


USCIS Reportedly to Announce Today Administrative Fix Plan for Employment-Based Immigrants

Posted: August 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, National News | No Comments »
  • Report indicates that the USCIS Director disclosed yesterday that he will unveil today a plan to make it easier for some foreigners to qualify for legal permanent residence, or green cards, if they can demonstrate their work will be in the U.S. national interest. The changes will also include a way for entrepreneurs to obtain work visas without a job offer from an established company. Reportedly he also plans to announce that USCIS will be training its examiners on how visa-eligibility requirements apply to entrepreneurs. As part of the new initiatives, foreign entrepreneurs will be eligible for a so-called EB-2 immigrant visa without a specific job offer, as long as they demonstrate that their business endeavors will be in the U.S. national interest. As part of the new measures, a sole entrepreneur can also qualify for an H-1B if the individual’s employment is decided by a corporate board or shareholders of the start-up company. The USCIS is reportedly also seeking to speed up the approval process by hiring additional adjudicators to evaluate applications and enabling petitioners to make their case before an expert panel should their application require further evidence or be denied. The moves apparently come as demand for H-1B visas has fallen.

Click here for article from Wall Street Journal


Maine Business Is Shut Without a Renewed Visa

Posted: June 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas | No Comments »

Dean and Laura Franks are among thousands of people who enter the United States on visas that allow them to invest and work.
But extensions on those visas are now being denied.
Read Article here:
http://nyti.ms/a935G1


What are local employers doing now to find professional and skilled workers?

Posted: July 24th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas | No Comments »

With the recent economic downturn, we are seeing a lot less employers who come to us because they cannot find qualified professional or skilled workers.  This is a good thing for the local economy.  There is finally starting to be a better balance between local employer needs and available workers.

But, there are still employers in the Sarasota area who have particular needs and are not finding local workers who can fill those needs.  This includes professional jobs that involve software and technology, engineering and international trade.  It also includes skilled jobs that involve restaurants and hospitality services, specialized construction and manufacturing trades, and more advanced agricultural jobs.

In immigration circles, a “professional” job is one that requires a university degree.  A “skilled” job is one that requires at least two years of education, training or prior work experience.

So what are these employers doing now to find these professional and skilled workers?  They are expanding their recruiting efforts outside the local area and some have been exploring different immigration options to bring in workers from outside the U.S.

In most cases, Sarasota area employers are not actively recruiting foreign workers.  Usually, they already have a worker on staff that can do the job and originally comes from another country.  A common refrain that we hear from employers is, “If I could get ten more workers like her, I would be thrilled!”.

The worker who is already in the U.S. has a friend or relative in the home country that can also do the job and recommends this person to the employer.  Then, the employer comes to us and says, ¡§I want this worker, what can I do to bring him here?¡¨

For professional workers, our solution used to be the H-1B visa.  This is a three year visa for professional-level workers.  But, this visa is limited in number.  In the past two years, the government has received over twice the number of applications for new H-1B visas than there were visas available on the FIRST day of the year that visas were available.  This means that H-1B visas are essentially unavailable for 364 days per year (certain nonprofit organizations are not subject to the annual cap).

Without H-1B visas, the solutions are more limited.  The best options at this point are temporary visas for professional workers that have been created through free trade agreements between the U.S. and other foreign countries.  This includes the following:

–    The TN visa for certain kinds of professional workers from Canada or Mexico.  The visa is issued in one year increments and is renewable.  The government may soon allow the visa to be issued in three year increments.
–    The H-1B1 for professionals from Chile and Singapore.
–    The E-3 visa for professionals from Australia.

Though these visas are limited to workers from certain countries, we have advised employers on bringing in engineers and engineering technicians from Australia, Mexico and Chile, hotel managers and consultants from Canada, and more.

The options are even more limited for skilled workers.  The best options at this point are H-2B visas for seasonal employees.  This visa is also available for unskilled workers, but like the H-1B visa there are only a limited number of H-2B visas available each year.  Ever wonder how hotels get all those foreign workers on the cleaning staff?  Often these workers have H-2B visas.

Professionals and skilled workers can also qualify for visas in the following special situations:

–    The O-1 visa if the worker has extraordinary skills or abilities (we use this visa a lot for sports related jobs in the area)
–    The J-1 visa or H-3 if the worker is seeking to participate in a training program or internship.
–    Extended Optional Practical Training for foreign students on F-1 visas who have degrees in science, technology, engineering and math related subjects.
–    P-3 or Q-1 visas if the worker will provide information about topics that are unique to his or her culture (we have used this visa for a Scandinavian sailor, European culinary specialists, and Latin American dance instructors).

As the economy improves, we expect to see more employers that are unable to find professional and skilled workers.  As Congress considers changes to the immigration laws, one big area of contention is increasing the number of visas for temporary professional and skilled workers.  We hope that people in the Sarasota area will see that approving such measures will help the local economy by allowing local companies to grow.  We believe that pro-immigration legislation will actually help Sarasota retain the jobs that are filled by U.S. workers and will keep more of our local companies from relocating elsewhere.


Are You a Pro-Immigration Employer? The New York Times Says You Are Not Alone

Posted: July 6th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Employer & Student Visas, National News | No Comments »

The New York Times recently published an article called, “Employers Fight Tough Measures on Immigration” by Julia Preston.

The article explains the immigration compliance dilemma faced by large and small employers around the U.S. Namely:

1. How to comply with laws that prohibit employment of unauthorized workers while at the same time complying with laws that prohibit discrimination against workers (anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from requesting specific documents to verifying a worker’s legal status)?

2. How to deal with experienced, long-time employees when an employer learns that the worker may not be authorized to work? These workers know the job, are willing to work and would be difficult to replace.

3. How to find new workers who are willing and available to do certain jobs even at competitive wages? Many employers have found that the nature of a particular job or tight local employment levels make some jobs nearly impossible to fill.

The article cites a number of efforts that employers are making at the state level to combat the rise in immigration enforcement laws by state governments (which may turn out to be unconstitutional).

It also mentions a new pro-immigration federation called, ImmigrationWorks USA . Its website is: www.immigrationworksusa.org.

This is a new national organization advancing immigration reform that works for all Americans – employers, workers and citizens. Its twin goals: to educate the public about the benefits of immigration and build a mainstream grassroots constituency in favor of an overhaul.

To read the New York Times article in full, go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/06/us/06employer.html?oref=login#