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USCIS Clarifies Qualification Rules for Visas to Spur Economy

With unemployment rate hovering in the 9 to 10 percent range, the U.S. government is turning to foreign entrepreneurs in an effort to spur the economy. By "clarifying" visa rules, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hopes that foreign nationals already in the U.S. for advanced degrees will stay and open businesses, and that skilled workers will have an easier time being admitted to the U.S. for work.

Currently, many foreign nationals are finding it difficult to receive temporary work visas or permanent residence in the United States. The USCIS plan would make it easier to receive visas or green cards, especially for prospective immigrants that would like to establish a company in a high-tech industry. Specifically, the plan looks to clarify the process of granting H1-B visas, EB-2 visas and EB-5 visas.

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