Immigration Attorney Katya Stelmakh Examines the Need in the U.S. for Foreign Workers

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Attorney Katya Stelmakh, in light of a November 28, 2016, Lexology article about how the election of Donald Trump might affect business immigration, illustrates how highly skilled foreign workers in the U.S. bolster the economy.

Attorney Katya Stelmakh

Attorney Katya Stelmakh

People are largely focused on the Trump administration trying to secure the border and deport illegal immigrants and they often do not realize his administration might also have a negative impact on skilled foreign workers invited by U.S. companies.

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Immigration attorney Katya Stelmakh, founder of Stelmakh & Associates business immigration law firm, discusses how highly skilled foreign workers in the United States positively impact the economy. “People are largely focused on the Trump administration trying to secure the border and deport illegal immigrants and they often do not realize his administration might also have a negative impact on skilled foreign workers invited by U.S. companies,” said Stelmakh.

For example, if the Trump administration cuts the amount of H-1B Visas given to foreign workers or makes it much harder and costlier for U.S. companies to obtain the visas, it could have a detrimental effect on the U.S. economy. “A lot of major tech companies (Google, Microsoft, Apple) hire some of their technical talent from foreign countries, which keeps the U.S. competitive as we’re enticing the world’s best and brightest to come here and benefit our economy,” noted Stelmakh.

Furthermore, foreigners on H1B, L1, E, O and other work visas in America pay taxes and contribute to the country. For example, highly skilled, highly motivated immigrants with college degrees come to the states to teach at colleges and universities or start their own businesses and generate jobs. “The demand for these kinds of highly skilled immigrants is three to four times higher that what the U.S. government currently allows American businesses to employ by imposing H-1B annual quotas,” said Stelmakh. “Sometimes the H-1B visa quotas, aimed to protect the U.S. labor market, do more damage than good, meaning they’re holding the companies back rather than creating more jobs for Americans.”

Trump’s proposed immigration reforms might also affect STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students that graduate in the U.S. and want to stay. “STEM graduates are in extremely high demand right now,” added Stelmakh. “These students come to the U.S., pay for their education and graduate with STEM degrees. It would be beneficial to us to keep them here, or entice them to stay. If there’s such a high demand for STEM professionals, why make it harder for them to stay?”

Additionally, Trump’s proposed fines on employers for any visa/I-9 forms/e-verify inaccuracies would increase from $3,000 to $5,000. “Big businesses can afford these fines, but this will seriously harm small businesses in the U.S. that cannot afford that sort of payment,” concluded Stelmakh.

About Katya Stelmakh, Stelmakh & Associates
Katya Stelmakh, Esq. is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Practice areas of Stelmakh & Associates firm include non-immigrant visas for visitors, skilled workers, investors and entrepreneurs, family-based immigrant petitions and visas, employment-based immigrant petitions and visas, EB-5 immigrant visas for investors and more. For more information, please call (215) 410-8564, or visit http://www.stelmakhlaw.com. The law office is located at 801 Second Avenue, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98104.

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