In The News: Chicago Tech Entrepreneurs Worry About Trump Immigration Edict
February 2017 (Chicago, IL) – Road to Status and co-founder, Javad Khazaeli, were recently mentioned in a Chicago SunTimes article regarding the President Trump immigration edict and how it affects Chicago tech entrepreneurs. Road to Status is excited to be included in this article along with tech stars SiNode Systems and HabitNu. You can read the Full Chicago SunTimes article here.
Road to Status co-founder on the Trump Immigration Edict
The Chicago SunTimes article includes a short interview with Road to Status co-founder, Javad Khazaeli, and he mentions that since Trump took office, calls for help have doubled. Below is the full interview with Javad on the Trump immigration edict:
Javad Khazaeli, the Iran-born co-founder of the Chicago-based immigration-streamlining technology platform Road to Status www.roadtostatus.com, says calls for help have doubled since Trump took office.
Khazaeli, an immigration attorney in St. Louis, spent nine years working for the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to find and deport criminals who posed a safety risk, as well as prosecuting terrorists, their financial backers and others. He says the order’s broad approach will further squeeze the United States’ already-beleaguered enforcement resources.
“We do much better with targeted approaches rather than casting large nets,” Khazaeli says.
His company — which uses technology to help people find the correct immigration forms and fill them out once instead of multiple times — is advising foreign-born people who are permanent U.S. residents to apply for U.S. citizenship immediately.
“We don’t know if the rules will change, so they need to act quickly before any rules change again,” says Khazaeli, whose widowed aunt in Tehran had her visa revoked under the ban.
Khazaeli and others say they also worry about possible efforts to thwart or end the H-1B visa program — which tech companies rely heavily on to hire scientists, technicians, engineers and others who are in short supply among American-born citizens. Trump and some Republican congressmen have criticized the H-1B program, calling for American workers get priority for such jobs.
If you or someone you know is interested in applying for immigration benefits online after learning about the Trump immigration edict, or learning more about Road to Status, you can read more here. If your case is more complex and you would like to speak with a licensed immigration attorney, you can learn more about the benefits of an initial consultation before deciding on the best path for you.
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