June 2016
In celebration of the Economic Contributions of Immigrants

Dear Friends, clients and professional colleagues,

Welcome to the inaugural edition of my monthly e-newsletter, my blog, and my newly designed website. After many years of experience handling business and family-based immigration, I continue to love helping my clients with their immigration issues. The opportunity to positively impact the lives of so many clients has been an honor. Yet so much work remains to be done. I look forward to assisting you or a beloved family member or valued associate with one or more of today’s immigration challenges.

This e-newsletter is being sent to a diverse group of people. Some of you are clients and former clients who are have personally experienced the ins and outs of immigration. Some of you are professional colleagues who handle other areas of law, and some of you are friends that may have only a vague idea of the intricacies of immigration law.

When I tell people not directly impacted by immigration issues that I handle a lot of business immigration matters, I often get a blank stare or a response such as, “What does business have to do with immigration?” I am hoping that by sending this newsletter to a wide variety of people, I can help to expand an understanding of the immigration issues that don’t usually get reported or explained in the media.

For the first newsletter I thought it would be fitting to discuss the many positive economic impacts that immigrants have on this country.

In some of the media you hear that immigrants take jobs from Americans, they don’t pay taxes, and that they are a drain on the economy. I will provide statistics that refute those assertions in a later newsletter. For this newsletter, I would like to share what I have personally experienced - creative, hardworking, innovative people making significant contributions not just to our culture, but also to our economy.

A recent issue of the Atlantic Magazine included an article entitled “Why American Cities Are Fighting to Attract Immigrants.” That article points to research reflecting my own experience, that immigrants are creating businesses and revitalizing the U.S. workforce. The Atlantic references a study by the Kaufman Foundation that more than two-fifths of the start-up tech companies in Silicon Valley have at least one foreign-born founder. The Atlantic article also references University of California (Davis) economist Giovanni Peri, who points out that Immigrants hold a third of the internationally valid patents issued to immigrant U.S. residents.  

In Florida, we see the entrepreneurial spirit in our business-creation statistics. “Map the Impact of Immigration Across the Nation” – a project of the Partnership for a New American Economy – provides specific data for Florida: 29.7 percent of Florida business owners are immigrants, with immigrants making up less than 20 percent of the state’s population, and during the period 2006-2010 immigrant-founded new businesses accounted for 36.7 percent of all new businesses.

The American Immigration Council published a report on Feb 3, 2016 – Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Welcoming Cities: Lessons from Chicago, Dayton and Nashville. The first paragraph to this report reads as follows: “In the face of America’s changing demographics, future prosperity depends in part upon the ability of local communities to attract and retain a diverse population with diverse sets of skills. In the native-born population, there are fewer births and more retirements. That demographic fact has been compounded by the decline of large manufacturing companies that metropolitan areas relied upon in the past to grow their populations and economies. Increasingly, cities and regions looking to stem population decline and stimulate economic growth are seeking to attract immigrants and encourage immigrant entrepreneurship. Immigrants play an outsize role in establishing 'main street' businesses (retail, accommodation and food services, and neighborhood services), which are important for generating neighborhood-level economic growth and revitalization. This propensity to start businesses that revitalize neighborhoods makes immigrants attractive to city leaders.”

Many foreign businesses open branches in the U.S. strictly for business reasons, and many foreign nationals establish or buy U.S. businesses primarily for immigration advantages. Often a family-based petition is simply the easiest way to come to the U.S. and establish a business. And often the motivation for a family-based petition is simply family re-unification, but results in an economic advantage to the local and national economy. Whatever the motivation, the end result is a vibrant contribution to our economy, as well as our culture.

My new website provides information about both employment-based immigration and family-based immigration, as well as information about temporary (non-immigrant) visas and naturalization. This website will feature a monthly blog, and there is a free report available for download – Seven Freguently Used Business and Professional Visas.  

One of the most sought-after non-immigrant visas is the H-1B, Professional Visa. Due to the limited numbers available for this visa, it is only possible for U.S. businesses to file for new H-1B visas during the first week in April each year. Even then, the number of applications filed in April far exceeds the number of available visas. To deal with the outsized demand, the Immigration and Naturalization Service conducts a lottery for those visa applications filed the first week in April to determine which applications will be considered. The applications filed in April are for work to start the next October. Yes, conducting a lottery seems like a bizarre way to decide which U.S. businesses are allowed to hire the specialized talent that they need. But in the absence of legislative change, that is the system our businesses confront. Because new H-1B visas for work starting in October of 2017 can’t be filed until April of 2017, my blog this month discusses several alternatives to the H1-B Visa.

I hope you find my new website, the free resource, and my new blog informative. Please feel free to contact me by email or phone for any questions or comments that you may have. If you know of anyone who has immigration issues or questions and/or may find this newsletter useful, please do not hesitate to pass it along to them. 

Thank you for your continued support, 

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The H-1B visa is a useful business immigration alternative when it comes to employment of professionals such as scientists, engineers, and computer programmers. There is an extremely high demand for these visas by American companies looking to employ foreign nationals with highly specialized knowledge. Unfortunately, only 85,000 of these visas are issued each year (65,000 “regular cap” plus 20,000 “advanced degree exemption” visas), and due to the high demand this limit is generally met within days of becoming available on April 1st of each year. If you or your company was unable to attain the H-1B visas you needed this year, there may be other options that work for you...
Linda M. Kaplan
Immigration Attorney
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Representation Before USCIS & US Department of State
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