Bias and supply issues highlight the need for an immigration lawyer

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) reported recently that it received a record-breaking number of applications for H-1B visas in the early months of 2015. Those visas, which are reserved for highly skilled workers in fields like medicine, engineering and computer programming, have been in increasingly short supply in recent years.

Meanwhile, a recent study out of Brown University and MIT suggests that US Department of Labor officials are not always as objective as the law requires them to be when reviewing labor-certification requests. For people seeking an employment-based green card, labor certification is a critical step that provides proof of a genuine need for the applicant's skills and expertise in the United States.

Although federal law bars the Department of Labor from considering an applicant's country of origin when deciding whether to grant a request for labor certification, the study, which was published in the American Psychological Review, showed that applicants from some nations - particularly those in Latin America - are approved substantially less often than those from other parts of the world, even with similar qualifications.

Why do I need an immigration lawyer?

With the increasingly fierce competition and potential for bias in employment-based immigration determinations, it is more important than ever for foreign workers to seek legal advice and assistance when seeking to enter the United States for work.

A lawyer with an in-depth understanding of the U.S. immigration system can help you understand your legal rights and will work hard to protect those rights at every stage in the application process, making sure that you are treated fairly and that your application is given the unbiased consideration it deserves.

In addition to being a powerful advocate on your behalf, a lawyer with experience representing skilled foreign workers can guide you through the application process and make sure that all of the complex legal documents are completed correctly and on time. Applying for a visa or labor certification is a complicated and sometimes overwhelming process that involves a great deal of paperwork and documentation, and any errors or oversights can result in your application being delayed or denied.

Another important way that a knowledgeable immigration lawyer can prove invaluable is by helping you explore and evaluate other immigration avenues that you may not have considered or known were available to you. Especially for people seeking H-1B visas or other highly competitive immigration options, it is wise to consider other options to maximize the chances of success.

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If you would like more information about employment-based immigration for yourself, an employee or a family member, please contact The Kasen Law Firm to arrange a consultation.