15 February 2008
Report predicts American immigration will help to fuel further US growth
Research by the Pew Research Centre (PRC) indicates that applications for American work visas are set to increase as the population of the US is expected to reach 438 million by 2050, with some 67 million of the anticipated 117 million population growth between 2005 and 2050 set to be immigrants.
American online visa applications lodged with the US government are set to rise as 82% of US population growth in this period is expected to be the result of foreign groups entering the country. The rise in immigration comes as the US feels the effects of an ageing workforce, with the baby boom generation set to reach retirement age without enough skilled native workers to fill the skills gap. The PRC report noted that while the native working population will grow at a comparably slow rate, the immigrant population is set to double in size by 2050.
Immigrants may fill vacancies in the US workforce as current workers from the baby boom generation reach retirement - a group which will double in size between 2005 and 2050 whereas the native working population will grow more slowly, the PRC report noted.
This week President George Bush approved new legislation to help US companies root out illegal workers, but did not ask Congress for new funds to reduce the potential of a further backlog in applications for American work visas and American online visa assessments currently faced by the country's Citizenship and Immigration Services department, reports the Associated Press.
Anyone applying for an American visa should begin by taking Visa Bureaus online assessment to see if they meet the basic legislative requirements.