Can Immigrants Work in the U.S. While Legally Present on a Student Visa?

By Peek & Toland on October 20, 2019

Immigrants can apply to study in the United States under three different nonimmigrant visas, and they can work under two of those visas. The most popular of these visas is the F-1 visa, which allows students to work while studying in the country. F-1 visas also permit individuals to continue working in the U.S. after their studies. Those individuals with degrees in a STEM field can extend their visas to work in the U.S. for up to 24 months.

However, there are limits on work even for F-1 visa holders. They typically only can work on campus, and only if they are attending school full-time and making good progress toward a degree. These individuals have to get special authorization under an available program to be able to work off-campus. F-1 visa holders also are limited to working no more than 20 hours per week and no more than 40 hours per week during vacations and school breaks. Finally, on the date that a student completes a course of studies required for a degree, a 60-day grace period for leaving the country begins to run. Students may not work during these 60 days.

Can Immigrants Work in the U.S. While Legally Present on a Student Visa?

Another alternative for students to work in the U.S. is the J-1 visa. This visa allows international students to participate in work-and-study-based exchange programs in the U.S. Sponsoring programs must have accreditation through the Exchange Visitor Program of the U.S. State Department. These programs allow students to gain practical training related to their academic studies that is unavailable in their native countries. J-1 visas are available for various programs related to different occupations and vary in length.

The immigration attorneys of Peek & Toland have the experience that you need when you are seeking any relief or benefit under federal immigration laws. We will determine the facts and evidence that are relevant to your case, evaluate your options, and help you decide the best course of action for your situation. We intend to place you in the best position possible to achieve your goals. Contact our Texas immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we can assist you through this complicated situation.

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Immigrant Jobs Survey Finds Arrivals Aren’t Taking Jobs

By Peek & Toland on November 18, 2016

An immigrant jobs survey published earlier this year helps counter claims that arrivals from other countries are taking jobs from local people in the USA.

The issue was tackled in a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The authors looked at claims arrivals were taking native jobs and came to the conclusion they were not, with some exceptions.

The question goes to the heart of one of the main issues in the U.S. Presidential election. Many American workers who are struggling with the tail end of the recession believe immigrants have taken their jobs. It’s a stance that was taken by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for the White House. He has backed immigration controls including the requirement for jobs to be open to American workers first.

Immigrant job survey shows new arrivals are not taking local jobs

The Economic and Financial Consequences of Immigration study collected research from 14 experts.

Francine D. Blau, an economics professor at Cornell University who led the group, said immigration appears to have little or no adverse effect on the employment prospects or wages of American-born workers.

Immigrant Job Survey Finds New Arrivals Often Earn Less

Indeed, many immigrants who arrived years ago remain in the same low-wage labor markets as new arrivals. Often they earn less and have difficulty finding employment.

Meanwhile, immigrants with a high skills set have a positive impact by spurring innovation and creating more jobs in the United States, the immigrant jobs survey found.

Earlier this year we noted how immigrants are boosting the economy of Texas. While immigrant jobs remain a contentious issue, there is plenty of evidence that workers from overseas are taking jobs that local people don’t want to do anyway.

An article in The Atlantic documented how landscaping companies became the largest employers of non-agricultural guest workers from overseas.

It said Americans shell out as much as $600 on landscaping every year. But it’s hard to find local employees who are willing to do the backbreaking work.

This summer’s report stated that the prospects for sustained economic growth in the United States would be impacted without the contributions of high-skilled immigrants.

However, the question about whether immigrants impact local budgets is a more complex one. Professor Blau said the first generation of arrivals usually cost governments more than they contribute in taxes. However, by the second generation. they are contributing more than they take from local coffers.

This immigrant jobs survey is generally good news for arrivals from abroad who often face discrimination and stigma. If you need help with an immigration matter, please contact our Austin family immigration lawyers at (512) 474-4445.

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