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Cruise ship rather than visas for immigrant workers?

When it comes to the hiring of immigrant employees, apparently some California employers are getting desperate. Two Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs are apparently thinking of building a colony in international waters so that they can retain talented individuals that for some reason or other have not been issued visas to work within the borders of the United States.

The so-called plan is to anchor a cruise ship a number of miles off of the California coast, and then have immigrant workers employed while staying upon the ship. Apparently, they feel such a step is necessary as the cap on temporary work visas is thought to be too low. 

Whatever we think concerning the allowance of immigrants into this country, there will be far less complaints about the granting of visas if the immigrant happens to be a productive worker that can contribute substantially to our state and federal economy. For many of the high tech businesses popping up along the coastal area in California, the need for talented workers is significant.

Obviously, money is better spent by allowing high tech workers to cross our borders legally than to come up with outlandish schemes (like putting the workers on a cruise ship) that will come with its own set of problems. Attorneys that understand our immigration system can work with employers and employees pursuing any variety of work-related visas, or in seeking waivers of various immigration requirements for workers with advanced skills.

There is hope that immigration reforms will make visas for immigrants easier to obtain. However, in the meantime, we are being held to a more restrictive system that will only allow so many visas to be processed. The chances of a visa being granted are greatly improved in the application process is conducted properly.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Idea is floated for a start-up colony anchored in the Pacific Ocean," by Jessica Guynn, March 15, 2013

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