Donald Trump's executive order on immigration has put the American people and businesses on alert. If you have not checked with your employees, customers or clients, now is a great time to start. The order was issued without consulting government officials or lawyers.
There are many laws that apply to immigrants or legal residents in the United States and there are also immigration laws for businesses. You cannot discriminate against a person because they are an immigrant or a legal resident. You can't refuse to hire them because they are foreign nationals. You can't deny them access to facilities and services you offer simply because they are foreign nationals.
For businesses, one of the most important rules to follow is to ensure that you do not participate in the Visa Waiver Program. The Visa Waiver Program is a program that allows immigrants into the U.S. with a valid visa, and who is willing to work for a U.S. employer.
The Visa Waiver Program is based on reciprocity. The U.S. government accepts certain documents from foreign countries and gives them to Americans as a way to help our country. This means if an American citizen travels abroad and meets their family for an extended period of time, they can bring their families over to the U.S. as well. A Visa Waiver Program is one of the ways in which the U.S. is trying to help our economy.
Unfortunately, the Trump administration has taken the initiative to ban any business visa applications being processed. Many people are wondering how this will affect their businesses and their employees.
First, no matter what is occurring with your business or your employees, remember that immigration laws are not just applied to specific individuals or groups of people. Every aspect of the law has to be followed. That includes immigration laws and other forms of immigration issues as well.
Second, while the Visa Waiver Program is currently being banned, it is important for businesses to be aware that they can still get some assistance from the Department of State in helping them to process the necessary paperwork needed to receive an immigrant visa. You may need to have a certified letter of intent from the applicant stating their intent to come to the U.S., but other documentation will also be necessary.
In closing, you should ensure that all information you submit in your business visa application is accurate. and complete.
If you know someone who might have recently lost a job due to the Visa Waiver Program, you should encourage them to write down their phone number and the employer's phone number to contact them directly if they ever need such assistance again. If there is a way for you to do this, then you may want to consider requesting an immigrant visa so that you can continue to work and earn an income for your family.
Remember that every aspect of immigration law is complicated. It doesn't make sense to attempt to get an immigrant visa and then suddenly find out that the application process has been canceled due to the new administration. In the end, it may cost more money to get back in touch with the Department of State to help you in this regard than it will cost to resubmit the paperwork.
The reality is that when this administration takes office, all laws are going to change, including the immigration laws. So, keep a record of the fact that there are other immigration lawyers in your area and that they may be able to help you if you ever need them.
If the Trump administration decides that they will change the rules to allow an immigrant to work in the United States, you should be prepared to get in touch with a qualified immigration lawyer to make sure that your business visa is approved. Make sure you are able to present all of the necessary paperwork to your lawyer as well as documentation showing how you plan to continue your business operations and provide proof of how you will continue to benefit from the new rules.
Lastly, do not let fear stop you from getting the business visa that you need to continue your family's tradition in the U.S. If you know anyone who is in the business visa process right now, and you feel they might be able to help you, make sure they understand that you can be there for them, as a friend and a supporter, even though you are worried about the new rules and how they might impact your business.