Who Has the Cure for America’s Declining Population? Canada.

Let states bring in workers from around the world, based on their labor needs.

#birth-rates, #canada, #census, #census-bureau, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #population, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Decline in Immigration Threatens Growth of Regions on the Rise

Immigrants helped make places like Northwest Arkansas economic dynamos. But their dwindling numbers, a big factor in slower population growth, could have long-term repercussions.

#arkansas, #bentonville-ark, #census, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #population, #springdale-ark

After Coronavirus Pandemic and Brexit, UK Begins to See Worker Gaps

As the country’s economy restarts after months of closures, staffing shortages have emerged in some industries. The impact of leaving the European Union could be part of the problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #le-gavroche-london-england-restaurant, #london-england, #shortages

British Restaurants Are Battling a Staff Crisis, Worsened by Brexit

A shortage of workers is forcing restaurants to turn away eager customers and confront a bigger problem: how to make hospitality an industry where people want to work.

#foreign-workers, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #restaurants

Biden Aims to Rebuild and Expand Legal Immigration

Documents obtained by The New York Times show far-reaching efforts by President Biden to remake the immigration system and undo much of his predecessor’s legacy.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sunstein-cass-r, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

The Luckiest Workers in America? Teenagers.

Teens are picking up jobs — and higher wages — as companies scramble to hire. But that trend could have a downside.

#education-k-12, #employee-fringe-benefits, #foreign-workers, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #wages-and-salaries, #youth

For Hong Kong’s Domestic Workers During Covid, Discrimination Is Its Own Epidemic

The government has repeatedly singled out the city’s poor migrant workers as “high risk” for the coronavirus, though actual infection rates are low.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #disease-rates, #domestic-service, #foreign-workers, #hong-kong, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #vaccination-and-immunization

They Live in the U.S., but They’re Not Allowed to Come Home

Thousands of immigrants who live in the United States on temporary visas and traveled to India in recent weeks have been stranded there under the Biden administration’s travel ban.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #indian-americans, #state-department, #travel-warnings, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

As India’s Covid Crisis Rages, Nearby Countries Brace for the Worst

Vaccine shortages, porous borders and fleeing migrant workers have nearby countries fearing that they will share India’s fate.

#bangladesh, #bhutan, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #nepal, #oli-k-p-sharma, #pakistan, #poverty, #south-asia, #sri-lanka, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

Hindu Sect Is Accused of Using Forced Labor to Build N.J. Temple

Federal agents descended on the massive temple in Robbinsville, N.J., as a lawsuit claimed low-caste men had been lured from India to work for about $1 an hour.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #bochasanwasi-akshar-purushottam-swaminarayan-sanstha, #caste-systems, #foreign-workers, #human-trafficking, #immigration-and-emigration, #indian-americans, #labor-and-jobs, #modi-narendra, #new-jersey, #pramukh-swami-maharaj-1921-2016, #temples-religious, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Luring Labor as a Beach Economy Booms

Restaurants are cutting lunch hours and gas stations are paying signing bonuses as a beach town’s boom serves as a possible preview to the nation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #employee-fringe-benefits, #foreign-workers, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #rehoboth-beach-del, #shortages, #summer-season, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Immigration Courts Aren’t Real Courts. Time to Change That.

As long as these judges are subject to political pressures, there can be no true judicial process.

#asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

Workers at Exclusive Montana Resort Reach $1 Million Wage Settlement

A group of guest workers from Jamaica had accused the Yellowstone Club and Hospitality Staffing Solutions of shortchanging their wages and tips.

#compensation-for-damages-law, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #jamaica-west-indies, #labor-and-jobs, #montana, #skiing, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visas, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #yellowstone-club

Domestic Workers in the Gulf Open Up About Labor Conditions on Tiktok

Foreign employees in wealthy households — most of them women — have been using the video-sharing app to bring abuses to light.

#domestic-service, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #middle-east, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

The Real Reason for the Border Crisis

No one is holding American employers to account for their willingness to hire millions of unauthorized immigrants.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #central-america, #foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #mexico, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

As Militants Seize Mozambique Gas Hub, a Dash for Safety Turns Deadly

An agonizing choice for nearly 200 people holed up in a hotel as gunmen roamed unchecked: Wait overnight for rescue? Or make a run for it?

#foreign-workers, #international-crisis-group, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #palma-mozambique, #terrorism

House Votes to Give Millions of Dreamers and Farmworkers a Path to Citizenship

Democrats vowed the votes would be the first step toward enacting President Biden’s immigration agenda. But Republicans galvanized by border politics promised to stop even the most popular measures.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #democratic-party, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #foreign-workers, #house-of-representatives, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #republican-party

Without Backpackers to Pick Them, Crops Rot by the Ton in Australia

The pandemic has exposed the shaky labor foundation of the country’s agriculture industry, spurring calls for an immigration overhaul.

#agriculture-and-farming, #australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #shortages

Biden Revokes Trump’s Pause on Green Cards

Since taking office, President Biden has issued several executive orders and directives aimed at lifting restrictions on immigrants put in place over the past four years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #migration-policy-institute, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Covid Emptied Europe’s Cities. What Will Bring People Back?

City life came to a standstill from London to Berlin when the coronavirus struck. Now worries of a lasting exodus are pushing urban authorities to address long-festering problems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #telecommuting, #urban-areas

Colombia Makes ‘Historic’ Decision to Grant Legal Status to 1.7 Million Venezuelan Migrants

President Iván Duque announced Monday that the Venezuelan migrants who fled an economic collapse at home can legally stay in Colombia for 10 years if they register with the authorities.

#colombia, #duque-ivan, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #venezuela

Biden Administration Faces Backlog of 380,000 Waiting to Immigrate

The suspension of most legal immigration, combined with the pandemic, has left visa applicants in limbo. Even if President Biden ends the bans, it could take years to process everyone.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #foreign-service-us, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states, #visas

A Georgia Chicken Town Reels After a Plant Disaster

A nitrogen leak killed six workers and injured 11, but many in the heavily undocumented work force, advocates said, are too fearful to go in for medical checks.

#foreign-workers, #foundation-food-group, #gainesville-ga, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #nitrogen, #poultry, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

The Reality Behind Biden’s Plan to Legalize 11 Million Immigrants

The proposal for a path to citizenship for undocumented residents has been called “the boldest immigration agenda any administration has put forward in generations.” But is it possible?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Company Made P.P.E. for the World. Now Its Workers Have the Virus.

Top Glove, the world’s largest rubber glove maker, has enjoyed record profits in the pandemic, even as thousands of its low-paid workers in Malaysia suffer from a large outbreak of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #forced-labor, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #malaysia, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #singapore, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

As Singapore Ventures Back Out, Migrant Workers Are Kept In

The low-wage workers, almost half of whom have contracted the coronavirus, continue to be mostly confined to dormitories even as the city-state eases restrictions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #dormitories, #foreign-workers, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #quarantines, #singapore, #south-asia

Covid Infections, and Blame, Rise Along Southeast Asian Borders

The region depends on its porous crossings for economic activity. But countries have been quick to point fingers when the coronavirus has spread along shared frontiers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #myanmar, #thailand

Justice Dept. Suit Says Facebook Discriminates Against U.S. Workers

The lawsuit adds to Facebook’s woes in Washington, where the social network also faces antitrust questions.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #justice-department, #labor-and-jobs, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #visas, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #zuckerberg-mark-e

‘People of Color’ Do Not Belong to the Democratic Party

It’s past time to start seeing voters the way they see themselves.

#asian-americans, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #voting-and-voters

Even as Trump Cut Immigration, Immigrants Transformed U.S.

The past four years have seen a steep reduction in immigration. But the country is becoming ever more diverse.

#border-barriers, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

New Visas Limits Would Be a Self-Inflicted Wound for the U.S.

The Trump administration wants to make it harder for foreign students, exchange visitors and journalists.

#border-barriers, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #foreign-students-in-us, #foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-study-and-teaching, #news-and-news-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

Migrant Farmworkers Under Lockdown: ‘You’re Practically a Slave’

The guest workers have been restricted to avoid contracting or spreading Covid-19. ‘I never expected to lose my freedom,’ said one, but it has successfully kept down infection rates.

#agriculture-and-farming, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #lipman-family-farms-llc, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #quarantines, #temporary-employment, #tomatoes, #virginia

Dear Sophie: I came on a B-1 visa, then COVID-19 happened. How can I stay?

Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.

“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in people ops, a founder or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”

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Dear Sophie:

I’m currently in the U.S. on a business visitor visa. I arrived here in early March just before the COVID-19 pandemic began here to scope out the U.S. market for expanding the startup I co-founded in Bolivia a few years ago.

I had only planned to stay a couple months, but got stuck. Now my company has some real opportunities to expand. How can I stay and start working?

— Satisfied in San Jose

Hey, Satisfied!

Appreciative for the jobs you’ll be creating in the U.S. since you desire to remain in the U.S. and expand your startup. The U.S. economy greatly benefits from entrepreneurs like you who come here to innovate. Since you’re already in the U.S., you may have options to change your status without departing.

If you were granted a stay of six months when you were admitted most recently with your B-1 visitor visa, you can seek an extension of status for another six months. There are additional alternatives we can explore that would allow you work authorization. For more details on some of the options I’ll discuss here and for additional visa and green card options for startup founders, check out my podcast on “What is U.S. Startup Founder Immigration? A Step-By-Step Guide for Beginners.”

Because most green cards (immigrant visas) take longer than nonimmigrant (temporary) visas, a conservative strategy to pursue would be to find another temporary nonimmigrant status (what is often nicknamed a “visa”) — rather than a green card, which takes longer — that will allow you to create and grow your startup in the U.S. without having to return to Bolivia.

#column, #corporate-law, #covid-19, #diversity, #e-2-visa, #foreign-workers, #green-card, #h-1b-visa, #immigration-law, #lawyers, #policy, #sophie-alcorn, #startups, #tc, #verified-experts

‘We Were Bulletproof’: As Child Soldiers Grow Up, Legacy of War Lingers

Twin leaders of Myanmar’s God’s Army were once thought to have magical powers. Now adults, they are contending with the trauma of exile, alcohol and loss.

#auckland-new-zealand, #defense-and-military-forces, #foreign-workers, #gods-army, #htoo-johnny, #htoo-luther, #immigration-and-emigration, #karen-national-union, #myanmar, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sweden, #thailand

Virus Hits Foreign Farmhands, Challenging Canadians’ Self-Image

Outbreaks at farms have made Canadians question how well their system is really protecting vulnerable migrant workers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #foreign-workers, #migrant-labor-agriculture, #ontario-canada, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Trump’s Overhaul of Immigration Is Worse Than You Think

This administration has attacked every aspect of the immigration system — and it won’t be easy to undo.

#asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #foreign-workers, #frey-william-h, #green-cards-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #miller-stephen-1985, #presidential-election-of-2016, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sessions-jefferson-b-iii

Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers

Four weeks before the election, the Trump administration has announced stricter rules for the H-1B visa program, which U.S. companies have long valued.

#foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #wages-and-salaries

Indians Firms May Benefit From Trump’s H-1B Limits

As the president clashes with the courts, some companies and investors say tougher limits on temporary work visas will help push jobs overseas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #labor-and-jobs, #outsourcing, #telecommuting, #visas

Judge Blocks Trump’s Ban on Foreign Workers

The court overruled limits on visas for hundreds of thousands of foreign workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #visas

Even When They Lost Their Jobs, Immigrants Sent Money Home

Predictions were that immigrants would stop sending money home when the coronavirus took their jobs. But that did not take into account how determined foreign workers were to help their families.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #remittances

A Director Turns an Immigrant Into a Modern-Day Jesus

Milo Rau has retold the Passion of Christ through the story of migrant workers in Italy fighting for rights and citizenship.

#bible, #black-people, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #matera-italy, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #rau-milo, #sagnet-yvan, #the-new-gospel-movie, #venice-international-film-festival

Dear Sophie: Latest immigration and H-1B updates

Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies.

“Your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley immigration attorney. “Whether you’re in people ops, a founder or seeking a job in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”

“Dear Sophie” columns are accessible for Extra Crunch subscribers; use promo code ALCORN to purchase a one- or two-year subscription for 50% off.


Dear Sophie:

I work in people ops in tech. Restrictions and conditions placed on visas and green cards seem to be continuously changing.

What’s the latest for tech, such as H-1Bs and other nonimmigrant visas?

—Strong in San Francisco

Dear Strong:

And what a summer it’s been! Fortunately there’s a bunch of great news in immigration this week. I’d love to dive in to new State Department exceptions that apply for new H-1B visas at embassies and consulates around the world. This will help a lot of tech companies whose H-1B employees got stuck outside the U.S. on trips for “visa stamping” (consular interviews) earlier this year.

Before we get into that though, I wanted to share some additional and recent top immigration highlights: First, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is restarting interviews (our team just handled several naturalization interviews remotely for clients across the country) and it looks like green cards will be scheduled again soon. Second, USCIS announced that it is canceling plans to furlough more than 13,000 employees next week, thereby averting a massive slowdown of visa and green card processing. Third, for those Dreamers out there and the tech companies who love them, USCIS is starting to accept some DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) renewals and work permit applications.

#column, #daca, #diversity, #foreign-workers, #government, #green-card, #h-1b, #h-1b-visa, #h-4-visa, #hiring, #immigration-law, #l-1-visa, #lawyers, #policy, #sophie-alcorn, #verified-experts

Naturalization Ceremony at R.N.C. Stands at Odds With Trump’s Stance on Immigration

The willingness to use the trappings of presidential power during a campaign convention was a stunning departure from the past.

#border-barriers, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #republican-national-convention, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

Trump’s Fights Are Their Fights. They Have His Back Unapologetically.

Many supporters of President Trump said in interviews that he had succeeded on issues that matter to them. And they dismissed as unimportant the behavior that critics say makes him unfit for office.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #foreign-workers, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Work From Home When You Can Work From Barbados, Bermuda or … Estonia?

Several countries with fragile tourist economies have started to offer visas that allow foreign nationals to live and work for a period of at least six months.

#barbados, #bermuda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #eastern-europe, #estonia, #foreign-workers, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #georgia-georgian-republic, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantines, #telecommuting, #travel-and-vacations

As D.N.C. Unfolds, Trump Reprises Grimmest Language of 2016 Campaign

Speaking in the border city of Yuma, Ariz., President Trump boasted about his own efforts to sharply limit immigration during his time in office.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #yuma-ariz

The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks

Every single one needs to be picked by hand — even in a pandemic. Seasonal workers say they may be essential, but they feel disposable.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cherries, #foreign-workers, #fruit, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #washington-state

Coronavirus Leads Japan to Lock Borders, Shutting Out Foreign Workers

A pandemic policy that bars re-entry for many permanent and long-term residents has upended many lives and undercut Tokyo’s efforts to woo global capital and talent.

#abe-shinzo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #japan, #travel-and-vacations

‘Immigration Nation’ Review: The Banality of Deportation

This Netflix documentary looks at the bureaucracy of immigration enforcement — an intriguing investigation that probably won’t change any minds.

#border-patrol-us, #deportation, #foreign-workers, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #netflix-inc, #television, #web-original-programming

They Crossed Oceans to Lift Their Families Out of Poverty. Now, They Need Help.

As the pandemic destroys paychecks, migrant workers are sending less money home, threatening an increase in poverty from South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa to Eastern Europe and Latin America.

#bangladesh, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #guatemala, #labor-and-jobs, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #poverty, #remittances, #romania, #third-world-and-developing-countries