As foreign nationals pour their savings into small businesses in the U.S. to acquire temporary visas. The hope is that they’ll ultimately find a pathway to citizenship. But it’s not clear that the immigration reform bill makes that path any easier.
For the first time in years, American companies blew past the cap on H-1B visa petitions to sponsor educated, foreign workers. Many say that’s a sign of economic recovery, but some say the program is rife with abuses.
U.S. companies start petitioning Monday for H-1B visas to bring in temporary workers with specialized skills during the next federal fiscal year. There’s a good chance petitions will exceed the federal limit within the week, but questions remain whether immigration policy is leaving smaller companies in limbo.