Immigration is a big issue in New Jersey as it is everywhere. While there are many kinds of immigration, businesses use it to recruit the talent they need to compete in the modern marketplace. This is known as business immigration. Whether you are an employer or a potential immigrant employee, it’s best to understand the law.
Business visa types in New Jersey
Like all states, New Jersey allows for a system of business immigration. Typically, interested parties accomplish this through a visa. A visa is a legal document approved by the Department of Homeland Security that allows a foreigner to enter the United States. Business visas, of course, are used for business purposes. They include the following types:
- B-1 and B-2: Short-term business travel
- E-1 and E-2: Entrepreneurs who want to start a business that trades with their home country
- EB-5: Those who want to invest in a US business as a foreigner
- L-1: Those transferring from a foreign company to a company located in the United States
- H1-B: Companies looking to acquire foreign talent — limited number available
- O-1: Field-specific temporary visa for exceptional talent
Business immigration problems
Immigrating to the United States is never easy. With the regulatory element of business, it becomes even more complex. There are specific problems such as:
- Adhering to immigration quotas
- Changing legal code regulating immigration
- Difficulty in successfully applying for a business-related visa
- Complexity of completing an intra-company transfer
- Immigrating a foreign worker’s family
There’s a lot that can go wrong, and the entire process can be time-consuming, cumbersome and frustrating. This is without even taking into consideration the changing legal landscape. Immigration is a hot legal topic, and Congress may change the law regulating business immigration at any time. For example, the cap on the number of issued H1-B visas can change. Companies must plan ahead for such complications.
Despite the issues surrounding it, business immigration is important for both businesses and the economy as a whole. It allows companies to get the talent they need to compete in a global marketplace.