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How the New Immigration Reform Bill Affects Employment-Based Immigration

The recently proposed Immigration Reform Bill has the potential to implement numerous, broad-sweeping changes to our country's current immigration system. While much of the bill is written to remedy the fact that there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living and working in the states, there are other points the bill intends to address. According to sources, the new bill would increase the availability of H1-B visas from 65,000 per year to at least 110,000, with the potential for going up to 180,000 depending on employer demand. The bill would also create a new visa program (W-visa) for low-skilled guest workers, also known as migrant workers. This particular visa would have a cap on it starting in 2015. The cap would begin at 20,000 W-visas per year, but would go up to 75,000 per year by the year 2019. The bill also launches a new agricultural guest worker program to benefit farm workers. As far as family-based immigration goes, the bill will allow for an unlimited number of visas to be issued to parents, children and spouses of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. One major change on family-based immigration is that, within 18 months of the law going into effect, all visas for siblings of U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and adult married children over 30, will be completely eliminated.

If you have a family member who is interested in, or actively working on, getting an employment-based visa, we strongly urge you to contact our North Carolina office and speak with a knowledgeable immigration attorney right away. With decades of experience, representing clients in all manner of immigration-related cases, our attorneys have the knowledge and expertise you want defending your rights and helping keep you and your family together in the U.S. When you contact us, we will be able to answer any questions you may have, help you determine which visa will best suit your needs, verify eligibility and expertly guide you through the entire immigration process. Our goal is to help you protect your interests and achieve the most optimum results possible.

Contact a skilled North Carolina immigration attorneyat Robert Brown LLC today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case and review your legal options.

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