Residents of Chicago might be interested in a report from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding the number of H-1B visa holders who are currently working in the U.S. This number has been inflated by those awaiting their green cards.
Green cards have a low annual quota per country; there are also per-country limits on employment-based immigrants. According to a Forbes report, there are hundreds of thousands of individuals waiting years for green cards. This number has been incorporated into the report of the number of H-1B visa holders.
The total number of 583,420 overstates the individuals working in H-1B status as of Sept. 30, 2019. USCIS did not subtract aliens who had a visa but abandoned that status when they left the country permanently.
Those 583,420 H-1B visa holders in the country would likely drop to fewer than 300,000 if individuals in H-1B status, caught in immigrant backlogs, received employment-based green cards promptly. They now wait years.
Other aliens were denied entry by Customs and Border Protection; they had valid H-1B visa or H-1B non-immigrant status but could not enter the country. These were also not subtracted from the count.
Becoming part of America is important to many individuals seeking citizenship as well as those who apply for a green card. Families are affected by deportation, and going through these challenges may be easier with the help of a knowledgeable attorney who understands the process of obtaining visas. Attorneys may work to protect families and individuals as they pursue success in the U.S., and the help of an immigration law firm might be a valuable aid that provides empowerment to clients.