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Even though the topic of immigration policy is heatedly debated at the national level, the impact is most commonly felt within the local and regional communities. The H-1B visa program is regularly studied at the national level. However, it cannot be fully understood without fully examining the role H-1B workers play at local and metropolitan levels.

What Is an H-1B Visa?

The H-1B visa is for a nonimmigrant foreigner to come to America to work in a specialty occupation. This means that the job for which the foreign national is being sponsored must be specialized, and the worker must have specialized training, usually at least a bachelor’s degree. The visa is good for three years and may be extended for an additional three years. Employees working in the U.S. on these visas can be sponsored by an employer for a permanent visa. If a nonimmigrant worker with an H-1B visa is fired or quits a job from the sponsoring employer, the person must either re-apply for and be granted a change in visa status, find another employer or leave America.

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There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the United States immigration system is flawed and broken. There are currently more than 11 million undocumented aliens living across the nation, many of whom are employed without authorization. This

President Barack Obama has plans in place to enact a smarter, more effective immigration system, which continues to work on better border security while creating a more streamlined approach to letting family members and eligible employees enter the country legally. The plan requires anybody who is currently in the United States and undocumented to become compliant with the law through paying taxes and a penalty, learning English, and undergoing a series of background checks before being eligible for lawful status. The plan also requires every business and every worker to abide by the same requirements.

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An H2-A visa is a legal document that allows a foreign national to enter and remain in the United States to do temporary or seasonal agricultural work. The work a person does while on an H2A visa must be temporary or seasonal in nature, which means the work is to be performed only at certain specified seasons during the year.

Basic Provisions & Requirements

The H2-A visa program is temporary and lets an agricultural employer bring in nonimmigrant workers in the event of a shortage of domestic workers who are willing and able to perform the jobs available. According to statistical information from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are approximately 30,000 foreign nonimmigrants currently in the United States to do temporary agricultural work.

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Simply stated, what you need to know about dividing the service member’s retirement in the context of a military divorce is too extensive to describe in this brief article, so we encourage you to view the websites cited in the source information below.

There are, however, four possible methods of determining the portion that will be awarded to the soon-to-be ex-spouse of the military member. It could be divided by percentage amount, dollar amount, a fraction, or a delayed order option. If it sounds complicated, it’s because it is. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method. All methods are governed by the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act.

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There are over a million American active duty personnel stationed worldwide at any given time. Many of them are married and many of them don’t manage to stay married. And when they don’t, they and their spouses can end up facing a whole slew of issues that their civilian counterparts who are breaking up don’t have to deal with.

If your soon-to-be ex is in the military, you can end up facing a number of complications, including where your divorce will be filed, how alimony and child support will be calculated, how to divide the military pension, and what to do about custody and visitation if children are involved.

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The United States is a nation built by immigrants and, throughout history, immigrants have kept our workforce diversified, businesses on the cutting edge and helped to keep the country’s economy growing. As immigration reform legislation will surely be an important topic in 2015, get the facts on how immigrants have affected the state of Maryland with our FREE informative infographic.

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If you’re going through a military divorce, you’re in a whole different category from your civilian counterparts. One of the biggest issues you can encounter is the division of your spouse’s military pension. It’s an asset, and you want to be assured of getting your fair share, so what do you do?

Ask

The first thing you should do is ask about the pension when you begin divorce proceedings – don’t try to deal with it once the decree has been issued. Even if it looks like your spouse won’t be retiring for a long time, you should still get a court order that provides for equitable division of the pension.

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Divorce isn’t easy. It brings anger, resentment and emotional turmoil, and that’s in the best of circumstances. When you’re involved in a military divorce, you have a whole additional set of complications.

Military divorce is different from civilian divorce, and if you’ve lived on base for any length of time, you’ve almost certainly witnessed breakups, and heard military spouses talking about the 10/10 rule. So what is it, exactly?

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When you’re living as a civilian, divorce isn’t really all that difficult. You decide to split up, and then you file wherever you live. When one spouse is in the military, though, it’s not uncommon for a couple to actually own property in one state, be living in another state, and have gotten married in yet another. As if that’s not complicated enough, the couple could have been moved to a state where they’re living, but they might not have been there long enough to achieve resident status. So, where do they file for divorce? Does it matter?

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We’ve all heard the supposed statistics that half of all marriages end in divorce. Are these statistics real, though? The problem with those statistics is that they go year by year. So, if 100 marriages happen in a given year, and 50 divorces occur, does that really mean that half of all marriages end in divorce? No, it doesn’t. Why? Because marriages are recorded in the year that they occur. So are divorces. A marriage that occurred, say, in 2013, didn’t necessarily end in the same year. The statistics are skewed.

That said, however, it can’t be disputed that divorce is a good deal more common these days than it was in our grandparents’ era, or even in our parents’ era.  You’ve probably heard people use the term “starter marriage,” or even refer to their spouse as “my first husband” or “my first wife.” That’s sad.

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