Many people see Miami as a place where they can enjoy employment opportunities not afforded to them in their home countries. While many may argue that those opportunities should remain exclusive to citizens, to put a cap on the potential for industry growth by not welcoming foreign workers into the job market may prove to be detrimental to the area’s economy in the long run.
Many would argue that the large labor pool that foreign workers have provided to such fields as the agricultural industry has come to be relied upon in order to operate at the industry’s fullest capacity. The benefits that these workers provide typically have little to do with nationality and more to do with the level of effort that they’re willing to put forth. Many believe that’s what’s lost in some of the immigration debates today, and that potential benefit should help shape the guidelines determining the allocation of visas to immigrants.
But the issue of employment visas isn’t just limited to farms and construction sites. More and more foreign students are taking advantage of the excellent higher education system available to them in the U.S. Yet, due to the difficulties that some foreign students encounter in trying attain permission to remain on employment visas, American companies may be losing out on a pool of highly-skilled and highly-qualified employees in the tech, health care, business fields.
Immigration issues, particularly those focusing on employment immigration, are likely to continue to be argued for quite some time. Anyone needing to find out how to secure an employment visa may wish in the meantime consult with an immigration attorney.
Source: The News & Observer “A critical need for a workable visa plan” Frank Grainger, September 2, 2013