A recent publication noted that U.S. counties in Florida and elsewhere that have a substantial number of immigrants have also enjoyed significant economic gains in the past 30 years. And there are additional benefits to employment-based immigration in relation to American workers, employers and the economy. In counties with significant numbers of immigrant workers, more jobs are created and higher wages earned than in other regions.
Advanced technology has brought many income opportunities to immigrant workers. In fact, approximately 64% of all engineers working in the United States are foreign-born. It’s been said there would have been no Silicon Valley as it’s known without immigrants.
Many people believe that new policies that freeze work visas will have a damaging effect on the U.S. economy. U.S. immigration laws regarding employment are complex and change rapidly. This can lead to frustration for someone who is trying to navigate the system to apply for a work visa or who is already living and working in the U.S. but seeks an adjustment of status.
If an obstacle arises, it is important to know where to seek support, especially if a particular problem has to do with legal status. For instance, not filing an application on time when a work visa has expired or not knowing what is necessary to obtain a green card may place a Florida immigrant at risk for deportation. Working closely with a legal advocate may not only help avoid certain problems but can provide strong support if a situation arises where removal is a possibility.