Chinese Immigration

Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, millions of people -- in numbers which have not been seen since -- came to America in pursuit of a better, freer life. On the west coast, between 1910 and 1940, most were met by the wooden buildings of Angel Island. Around the middle of the 19th century, immigrants from Guangdong Province in southern China began arriving, fleeing from both natural and man-made disasters and a collapsing rural economy. Immigrants undertook a Pacific Ocean journey of three weeks, including stops in Honolulu, Manila, Yokohama, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Many passengers could barely afford steerage class travel, and bought their tickets only with the collective help of relatives and neighbors.

Asian immigration to the United States began with the Chinese. By the 1830s Chinese were selling goods in New York City and toiling in Hawaiian sugarcane fields. Gold was discovered in California in 1848, eventually attracting thousands of Chinese miners and contract laborers. In 1850, just over 1,000 Asian immigrants entered the U.S., but ten years later, the figure had jumped to nearly 37,000, mostly Chinese.

When it first began, Chinese immigration was welcomed, or at least tolerated. After the California gold rush brought thousands of Chinese immigrants to California, however, Asian immigrants faced restrictive laws and occasional violence.

Asian Immigration Expands

In general, Chinese immigration was welcomed. The Central Pacific Railroad recruited Chinese to work on the transcontinental railroad in 1865. Three years later the Chinese and the U.S. ratified the Burlingame Treaty which facilitated Chinese immigration. Meanwhile, increasing contact with Japan prompted Japanese to move to Hawaii and California to work in agriculture, and the pace of Asian immigration increased.

In 1899, following the Spanish-American War, the Philippines came under U.S. control, prompting increased Asian immigration from the Philippines.

In 1979 the United States and China resumed diplomatic relations, making Chinese immigration easier. In 1980 Asian immigration reached more than 2.5 million, up from under 500,000 in 1960.

H1B Visas for Special Occupations

The H1B visa is one of the more popular types of visa, especially for Asian immigration. H1B visas are the primary method for bringing professional workers, in what are called Specialty Occupations to live and work in the United States. The occupations which qualify for and H1B visa are IT/computer professionals, architects, engineers, healthcare workers, accountants, financial analysts, management consultants, lawyers, architects, nurses, physicians, surgeons, dentists, scientists, systems analysts, journalists and editors, foreign law advisors, psychologists, technical publications writers, market research analysts, university professors and teachers, and teachers in elementary or secondary schools.

In general, you can have an H1B visa for an initial period of up to three years, however your H1B visa can often be extended one time for up to a combined total of up to six years.

Other Visa Types
Please review the other visa types listed above. The law firm of Joseph A. Raia will be happy to help you with whatever type of visa you qualify for.
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