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Forbes: Restrictions On H-1B Visas Found To Push Jobs Out Of The U.S.

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Important new research concludes immigration restrictions that prevent companies from hiring high-skilled foreign nationals in the U.S. represent bad economic policy and are counterproductive. The first-of-its-kind study examining company-level responses to government immigration rules found H-1B visa restrictions carry the unintended consequence of pushing jobs outside the United States and lead to less innovation in America.

Read the rest of the Forbes article here.

Mechelle Zarou Presented at Diversity and Immigration Seminar

Shumaker is pleased to announce that Mechelle Zarou, partner and Immigration practice group co-chair, was a presenter at a Diversity and Immigration seminar hosted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green Economic Development, and Welcome BG on October 2, 2019. Mechelle spoke about employment-based immigration to employers.

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From the Washington Post: Svetlana Kuznetsova will not defend Citi Open title because of U.S. visa issues

Svetlana Kuznetsova will not defend her Citi Open title because of visa issues.sveta

 

Kuznetsova, who is Russian, announced Thursday on Twitter that she is withdrawing from the tennis tournament, which will begin next week in Washington.

“Wanted to apologize to all my fans who were waiting for me there ..Never had issues like this in my life, hopefully one day I can finally get a visa and play at list [sic] some events of the US swing!” wrote Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion.

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Forbes: Latest On The Court Cases That Could Restrict Immigration, OPT And H-1B Spouses

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Two important lawsuits may affect whether international students and the spouses of H-1B visa holders will continue to be permitted to work in the United States. Adding to the complication, the Trump administration is expected to issue regulations that would affect the ability of one or both groups to work.

Click here to read more of the story from Forbes.

From Time: Tech Companies Say it’s Too Hard to Hire High-Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. — So They’re Growing in Canada Instead

A Harbour Air seaplane lands in Seattle on July 11.On a recent Tuesday, Neal Fachan walked down a dock in Seattle’s Lake Union and boarded a blue and yellow Harbour Air seaplane, alongside six other tech executives. He was bound for Vancouver to check on the Canadian office of Qumulo, the Seattle-based cloud storage company he co-founded in 2012. With no security lines, it was an easy 50-minute flight past snow-capped peaks. Later that day, Fachan caught a return flight back to Seattle.

Fachan began making his monthly Instagram-worthy commute when Qumulo opened its Vancouver office in January. Other passengers on the seaplanes go back and forth multiple times a week. Fachan says his company expanded across the border because Canada’s immigration policies have made it far easier to hire skilled foreign workers there compared to the United States. “We require a very specific subset of skills, and it’s hard to find the people with the right skills,” Fachan says as he gets off the plane. “Having access to a global employment market is useful.”

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Attorney Spotlight

Maria del Carmen Ramos, Partner, Handles all types of immigration matters for foreign nationals and large institutional clients, including routinely filing petitions for non-immigrant visas on behalf of employers, and advising and training employers on I-9 compliance.