Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers:  Limited Opportunities for Skilled Immigrants

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Assist Clients Applying for Green Card Renewal.According to a study conducted by the Business Roundtable, the United States is not extending a warm welcome to highly skilled immigrant workers. The U.S. ranked ninth out of the top ten countries offering employment opportunities to non-resident workers, coming in just above Japan in the lowest spot, and far below Germany, which received the highest ranking.

Current immigration policies and laws in the United States put strict limits on the number of work visas that can be granted each year.  In 2014, U.S. immigration officials received 172,000 applications for the 85,000 work visas available that year.  Broken down into criteria rankings, the U.S. received a two out of five rating for policies on hiring highly qualified immigrant workers, and a 1.5 out of five for immigration laws that encourage foreign professionals to bring their skills to the United States.  Out of a possible score of five, the U.S. scored 2.3 overall.

Australia, France, Hong Kong, and Canada were listed in the top five countries under Germany’s lead spot.  Switzerland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom shared the lower half of the list coming in just above the U.S. and Japan.  The study shows that U.S. immigration laws, along with restrictive quotas imposed on immigrant workers, resulted in the rejection of 34% of employment visa applications submitted in 2013.  Furthermore, employment sponsorships for immigrant workers can be delayed for ten years or more, and carry a hefty price with costs as high as $50,000 to sponsor one foreign professional.

The report suggests that the U.S. relax some of its restrictive laws and policies concerning highly skilled immigrant workers to promote a more diverse workforce.  Allowing foreign professionals who hold advanced degrees in the fields of science and technology can help to improve the quality of professionals available to work in these fields in the U.S. market.  It also suggested that unused work visas from the previous year could be offered to skilled workers without going over the total amount of immigrants visas permitted.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers of Surin & Griffin, PC helps Skilled Immigrants Obtain Visas Necessary to Work in the U.S.

If you are a skilled immigrant seeking work in the United States, the experienced Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, PC can help you obtain the necessary visas.  Our team of highly skilled and dedicated Philadelphia immigration lawyers at the firm is committed to helping create a diverse and high quality U.S. workforce.  Call us at 215-925-4435, or toll free at 1-888-452-9578 to schedule a consultation today.  You can also reach us through our online contact form.

Philadelphia immigration law firm of Surin & Griffin is conveniently located in Center City Philadelphia and easily accessible by car, bus, train, and all forms of public transportation.  Our multilingual lawyers can ensure that you understand the legal process at every step of the way.