On February 11, 2019, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that lays out a new plan to speed up the process of artificial intelligence research in the United States in order to stay competitive with other countries. However, in order to actually execute this plan, it is very likely that immigration laws will need to allow for foreign-born specialists in this field to live and work in the United States. In his tweet last month, Trump admitted as much by saying, “…We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.” Despite his ongoing war with illegal immigration and the controversial wall that he hopes to build along the southern border of the country, Trump’s attempts at keeping to his version of making America great again could actually benefit highly skilled individuals who qualify for the sought after H1-B or O-1 visa.

On February 19th The USCIS informed that they will Resume Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before Dec. 21, 2018

Path to citizenship

The difference between the two visas is that the first is usually given for a shorter period of time and only requires a bachelor degree, while the coveted O-1 visa is people who are at the top of their field. By directly addressing this issue, and even tweeting, “changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship,” it appears that Trump’s goal is to attract legal immigrants of a certain educational and professional caliber who will financially and socially benefit the country.

What you can do for the U.S.?

immigration path to citizenship

Whether filtering immigrants based on their educational and professional status is right or wrong can be debated. However, it does still fit in with his campaign message, if he is of the mindset that the immigrants who were previously coming into this country were for the most part not creating a positive overall impact during their stay. As former President Kennedy said, “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” When someone immigrates to the United States, regardless of where they came from, while living and working here, they are enjoying the majority of the freedoms and comforts of being an American citizen, and therefore, the United States becomes their country as well. So, while many immigrants wanting to live here know exactly what this country will do for them, it is actually knowing what you can do for the U.S. that will get you past immigration much faster and easier.

Immigrants throughout U.S. History

History shows that many immigrants have come to the United States and successfully given back to not only this country, but to the world. People like Albert Einstein, Sergey Brin who is the co-founder of Google, Levi Strauss, Joseph Pulitzer after whom the Pulitzer Prize is named after, Rupert Murdoch, and international best-selling author Isabel Allende, just to name a few. Therefore, it only makes sense that President Trump would want to make it easier for talented people to come to this country, explore their skills, and build their dreams in a place where they and America can grow together.

How PassRight can help you?

Having a solid plan in place before you come to the United States is not only a good idea but a necessary one if you want to apply for a talent visa. If that is how you have chosen to start your immigration journey, let PassRight help you organize your documents, assist in finding the resources you’ll need to establish evidence of your highly skilled talent, and even create a legal course of action for you on behalf of your petition.

Immigration laws can be confusing, and trying to navigate through them without an honest and caring attorney, often leads to higher expenses, more errors, devastating setbacks and terrible misunderstandings.

If you have questions, contact us.