Tech and other employers are finding it very hard to find, hire and keep foreign workers. The backlog of immigration applications, increasing immigration fees and the wait time to get approvals are all reasons the businesses are having a difficult time hiring foreign workers. To address labor shortages and immigration obstacles, some employers are now offering immigration benefits to attract and maintain their immigrant workforce. And, these aren’t just tech employers!
“A lot of these people occupy key jobs in these agricultural establishments. We want to give them an opportunity to be able to become an employer of choice in their community.”
USCIS does offer a fee waiver for financial hardship to process immigration applications for qualified applicants. However, fee waivers are only available to very low income immigrants whose annual income is below 150% of the federal poverty level—roughly $20,000.
The Department of State released a proposed rule on December 29, 2021, to raise the fees for several nonimmigrant visas. The last time the State Department increased fees on most nonimmigrant fees was in 2012. The State Department expects the fee increases to go into effect sometime before September 2022.
Immigration law can be confusing, and it changes frequently. It is important to have legal guidance from a knowledgeable attorney. The immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office in Chicago and Lombard can help you with your immigration case. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office or call us at 630-912-0322.
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