Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

A look at work visas sought by the Michigan governor as part of his plans to revive Detroit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants the federal government to set aside 50,000 work visas for bankrupt Detroit over the next five years. Here are some facts and figures about the EB-2 visas he is seeking:


NUMBER AVAILABLE: 40,000 each year nationally, nearly 30 per cent of the 140,000 employment-based visas overall. Snyder wants to get a quarter of them each year for immigrants willing to live and work for five years in Detroit.


WHO THEY TARGET: Immigrants who generally have a master's degree or higher or show exceptional ability in science, business or the arts. The government also offers a waiver for applicants without a job lined up or whose employers cannot show that there are no qualified U.S. citizens to fill the position. The waivers require proof that granting the visa is in the "national interest."


WHAT THEY OFFER: The visas provide legal residency, the ability to work in the U.S., the freedom to leave and return unrestricted and the ability to bring dependents such as a spouse or children.


WHAT ARE THE LIMITS: Under U.S. law, no one country can account for more than 7 per cent of approved work visa applications.


VISAS FOR INVESTORS: Snyder is also promoting Michigan as a place for EB-5 visas, which let immigrant investors into the U.S. if they invest at least $500,000 and create 10 full-time jobs.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Submit a Random Act of Kindness
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media

Canadian Mortgage Rates