Prospective and current foreign workers in Los Angeles and across the United States have seen their circumstances thrown into chaos by the ongoing attempts by the federal government to restrict employment immigration. Legal filings have been made to help foreign workers and a recent decision in federal court will allow companies to again bring workers from other countries into the U.S.
For those who were impacted by the visa suspension for foreign workers, it is important to keep track of these developments and to have legal help to address their circumstances.
Ruling stops suspension of visas
In the case heard in California, the judge decided that the order to restrict employment immigration could not continue. The government’s attempt to stop employment-based immigration had impacted companies who sought to use the H-1B visa process for high-skilled employees, those who work on a seasonal basis, au pairs and those who come to the U.S. for a cultural exchange. According to the decision, the President is not granted the authority to make such an order.
The suspension was set to continue through the end of 2020. Its goal was to shield Americans from potentially losing employment to foreign workers as unemployment skyrockets due to the current health problem. However, it has a negative impact on American companies as they try to continue worldwide operations. The proclamation had also stopped spouses of foreign workers at U.S. companies from getting visas.
There were many plaintiffs involved in the case including Amazon, Microsoft and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Medium-sized and smaller businesses were also involved. They said that the ruling was a hindrance to their attempts at continuing to operate and for advancement.
Legal assistance may be needed for immigration issues
Work-based immigration and any other type of immigration can be complex. When there are disputes as to how many foreign workers can be allowed to work and live in the U.S., it is even more complicated. The ongoing legal dispute has added to the confusion, especially with a presidential election on the horizon and legal wrangling ongoing.
Whether it is from the perspective of an employer or people who want to come to the U.S. as workers or spouses of workers, a law firm experienced in employment immigration and other aspects of immigration law may be able to help.