THE UNITED STATES NEEDS IT PROFESSIONALS

According to the BLS (Bureau of Labor and Statistics), a government agency that collects and analyzes the essential statistical data of the American labor market, since the popularization of the Internet and mobile telephony in the 1990s, there has never been such a shortage of IT (Information Technology) professionals in the U.S. as it is today.

The BLS statement might sound contradictory as the U.S. technology market has posted record sales and hiring records throughout 2019, but it is exactly this success that has caused the current shortage of IT professionals. The number of new companies, startups, and businesses related to computing and technology that have emerged in the last 10 years, especially in Silicon Valley (California) has resulted in a curious situation, where there are more job openings available than there are qualified people to fill them.

As with many other professions, the United States needs to call upon the talents of foreign professionals to meet the demands of the information technology market. Not coincidentally, about 35% of IT professionals currently working in large U.S. companies come from China, India, and Japan. And the trend is that this search for “intellectual capital” from other countries will intensify even more in the coming years.

In the last 15 years, there has been a great increase in the number of IT professionals in Brazil, many of them with a bachelor’s degree and even with graduate degrees and MBAs in the IT field. In that same period, the number of large American multinationals in Brazil has increased considerably, many of them have sent their Brazilian employees to take IT courses or, in many cases, have transferred their IT professionals from Brazil to the United States, granting them the L-1 visa, which allows temporary work in America.

This experience that Brazilian information technology professionals have gained in recent years makes them perfect candidates to apply for a job and to become Legal Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) in the United States, thus contributing to overcoming the current shortage of employees in this area. However, many IT professionals do not know that there are specific American visas to make this dream a reality.

GET TO KNOW THE MOST SUITABLE VISAS FOR IT PROFESSIONALS

Although many IT professionals can work temporarily in the U.S. with non-immigrant visas, such as H1-B or L-1, there are much more interesting long-term options; these are the “EB” (employment-based) visas, which are for professionals who have outstanding careers and, depending on the profession, a higher education degree. In IT, EB-2 NIW is the most suitable visa most of the time.

Besides being a visa that leads to a Green Card to live in the USA, the EB-2 NIW also has the great advantage that it does not necessarily require a job offer or an employer in the USA, and the applicant is evaluated only based on his/her qualifications and background.

EB-NIW is a visa that meets the national interest of the United States (in the case of IT professionals, to contribute to solving the shortage of IT professionals in the country). EB-NIW is an excellent immigration option for those who want to advance their careers in the labor market that offers the best opportunities in the world. Furthermore, none of the restrictions applied in recent years by the current U.S. administration against immigration programs or laws have affected “EB” visas. In fact, the U.S. government continues to encourage qualified immigrants to come through these visas.

If you are an IT professional and identify yourself with the profile described above, send us your resume and contact our team. AG’s legal department offers a free evaluation of your professional profile and your immigration possibilities. Perhaps the dream of having a Green Card is closer than you think! You can count on us!

 

For more information about EB-2 NIW visas, visit the link below to the official website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

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