Thursday, August 21, 2014

DHS Releases Nonimmigrant Admission Statistics for 2013 | Columbus Immigration Lawyer

The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Office of Immigration Statistics recently announced the number and characteristics of nonimmigrant admissions to the U.S. in 2013. In 2013, there were 173 million nonimmigrant admissions to the U.S. according to DHS. 

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173 million nonimmigrant admissions in 2013.

The experienced business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC guides employers and employees in Columbus, Ohio and throughout the United States through the complicated procedures involved in the immigration process.  

Nonimmigrant Admissions to U.S. In 2013

The DHS* collects information on nonimmigrant admissions mainly from Form I-94 arrival records. The 173 million nonimmigrant admissions in 2013 included tourists and business travelers from Canada, Mexican nationals with Border Crossing Cards, and nonimmigrants who were issued Form I-94 (I-94 admissions). 
Admissions using I-94s accounted for 35 percent (61.1 million) of the total nonimmigrant admissions. Of those 61 million, 90% were temporary visitors for business and pleasure. Only approximately 5% were temporary workers (including workers on H-1B visas) and families. Finally, a mere 3% were for students. The leading countries of citizenship for I-94 admissions were Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
*DHS is the umbrella organization for CBP, USCIS, the Coast Guard, FEMA, ICE, the Secret Service, and TSA.

What is a Nonimmigrant?

Nonimmigrants are foreign nationals granted temporary admission into the United States. The major reasons why a nonimmigrant would be admitted to the U.S. include temporary visits for business or pleasure, academic or vocational study, temporary employment, or to act as a representative of a foreign government or international organization.
The following are examples of nonimmigrant classes of admission: workers in specialty occupations (H1B); trainees (H3); agricultural workers (H2A), nonagricultural workers (H2B); spouses and children of H1, H2, or H3 (H4); workers with extraordinary abilities (O1); intracompany transferees (L); treaty traders and investors (E); academic and vocational students (F, M); exchange visitors (J); athletes and entertainers (P); and certain family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. 
Unlike a person granted lawful permanent resident status (green card) who is authorized to live, work, and study in the U.S. permanently, a nonimmigrant is authorized a temporary status for a specific purpose. Maximum duration of stay is determined according to your "class of admission" described above. A nonimmigrant is only allowed to undertake the activities that are prescribed by his or her class of admission.

Contact an Experienced Columbus Immigration Lawyer

The experienced employment-based immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC assists businesses navigate the complex area of U.S. immigration law. When applying for a nonimmigrant visa, it is important to fully understand the activities that you will be conducting in the U.S. to determine the class of admission under which to apply. In fact, the immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC has helped numerous foreign national secure H1B visas providing an opportunity for the worker and his family to enjoy the benefits of living and working in the U.S. Porter Law Office, LLC is conveniently located outside of Columbus in the suburb of Gahanna, Ohio. Contact Columbus employment immigration lawyer Matthew R. Porter today for free consultation to discuss your nonimmigrant options.