Meet William Han. He’s a graduate of Yale and Columbia Law, a skilled attorney who’s represented multiple Fortune 500 companies, and a law-abiding citizen with deeper knowledge of American civics than most Americans.
And he’s about to be deported. Why? Primarily because of the tough odds of the US visa process:
“This year, 233,000 highly skilled applicants filed for work visas, but by law the government could only allow 85,000 of them to have visas, 20,000 of those being reserved for applicants with advanced degrees. The rest are turned away, even though they are certified to be skilled, with many holding US degrees, and even though American businesses have indicated that they need these applicants.”
Even the most optimistic of applicants spend years (and thousands of dollars) attempting to access legal immigration (Han says he refuses to defraud the system by, for example, an illegitimate marriage). These hard-working and highly-skilled immigrants are left at the mercy of employers who either don’t care about their immigration status or are simply unaware how immigration works.