The United States is a country of immigrants – from the Mayflower to today.
But, the mechanics and legality of immigration remains a top public policy issue, while also a deeply personal issue for so many.
Immigration laws and regulations impact the fashion industry in many ways, including access and retention of top talent and the cost of navigating a broken system.
Models and designers often rely in H1B visas and 01 Visas.
Be sure to check back at this page for recent legislative developments in immigration
From the US Citizenship & Immigration Services: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-fiscal-year-fy-2021-cap-season
The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as science, engineering and information technology, and fields such as teaching and accounting.
Congress sets the cap each year for the allotment of H1B Visas. However, in June, President Trump signed an executive order to suspend new H-1B through this calendar year. Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden has vowed to lift these restrictions if elected President in November.
A bi-partisan, bi-cameral bill has been introduced in Congress concerning H1B visas. Sponsored by Senators and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.-06), and Lance Gooden (R-Texas-05), the legislation seeks to restore Congress’ original intent of the visas programs by supporting fairness in visa programs for skilled foreign workers and increasing enforcement, modifying wage requirements and securing protections for both American workers and visa holders. Text of the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act can be found here:
https://www.grassley.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/116.S.3770%20-%20H-1B%20%20L-1%20Visa%20Reform%20Act%202020_0.pdfFrom the US Citizenship & Immigration Services: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/o-1-visa-individuals-extraordinary-ability-or-achievement
From the US Citizenship & Immigration Services: https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/o-1-visa-individuals-extraordinary-ability-or-achievement
The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is for the individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements.