New immigration laws to tap into spouse skills

The US is changing its immigration laws on spouses to attract skilled
workers from abroad.

Overseas executives have been discouraged from taking senior positions in
the US because the law prevents their spouses from having a job, unless they
independently qualify for a visa.

Two new laws changing the Spousal Work Authorisation regulations will allow
the married partners of those employed in the US to get jobs.

In a related change, large employers with blanket US visa petitions will be
able to transfer staff to the US after only six months of employment rather
than a year.

Julia Onslow-Cole, immigration partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, said:
"It is vital businesses can appoint the right person for key jobs in the
US, especially with skills shortages in executive and IT areas.

"This is one of the biggest problems for corporate moves to the US and
this change of law could act as a real stimulus for people to take on these
jobs."

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