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2014 The Defining Year for Immigration?
Pradeep Shankar
Sunday, February 16, 2014
If 2013 was a busy year for immigration, 2014 could perhaps be a turning point. The drive for immigration reform has seemingly taken momentum after Obama's State of the Union Address.

Given the unpredictability of the U.S. Immigration agencies, our outdated immigration laws and the highly charged and often divisive legislative debate, there are serious efforts to push through immigration reform.

The deficiencies in our immigration system have become particularly evident as the economy has improved. Economists overwhelmingly say that improving the immigration system will lead to stronger growth. And no one would suggest that having millions of people living in the shadows, in uncertain status, is good for them or our nation.

As uncertainty shrouds the reform effort, one point that remains clear is that, with respect to the U.S. talent needs at the higher skills levels, the present situation is untenable.

The current immigration system has posed serious mobility challenges for companies operating in the United States. Multinational companies face a constant stream of obstacles in moving skilled talent around the world quickly and efficiently enough to meet business imperatives.
Consider the IT sector for instance—a key driver of innovation and economic strength in this country. Wages are strong and unemployment is relatively low; tech hiring is very robust. Yet there simply are not enough people with the right skills to fill the jobs that employers are creating.

In our global economy, the ability to move across international borders has never been more important to professionals and their employers—and the role of immigration lawyers has never been more important to global mobility.

In this special issue on immigration, we present to you the Best of the immigration law firms in the U.S. The attorneys in these firms have been helping individuals, their families and their employers navigate the complex array of rules, applications and government procedures that dictate the immigration process.

We bring you the story of Navneet Chugh, a Los Angeles based attorney who has made it big in the country. With a dedicated team of attorneys and Certified Public Accountants, the Chugh Firm has been offering integrated tax and legal services for professionals and businesses for over a decade.

We also have in this issue several attorneys discuss in detail various issues related to immigration. We hope this issue will help you get a better understanding of the state of immigration.

"So let's get immigration reform done this year," President Obama said in his State of the Union Address.
We couldn't agree more.
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