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  1. Good. The purpose of the H1B program is wage arbitration, which is really unnecessary considering the unemployment situation right now. The majority of H1B recipients make below median wages, at the lowest possible tiers (below 17th and 34th percentile), and the LCA requirement is not enforced. Anyone interested in the facts on H1B should read this paper that came out recently: https://www.epi.org/publication/h-1b-visas-and-prevailing-wage-levels/
  2. At the moment Japan is not even allowing foreigners with valid JP spouse visas or permanent residency to enter the country. No exemptions whatsoever.
  3. There's a 99% chance this would only apply to H1B, H2B, OPT and other working visas and zero information except Trump's tweet, but here we have 13 pages of speculation already...
  4. The Supreme Court already ruled he has basically free reign when it comes to immigration restrictions. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump_v._Hawaii#Opinion_of_the_Court
  5. Cue Corporate America whining that they can't find workers when 22 million Americans are unemployed. The H1B and OPT programs should be canceled outright.
  6. Seems like Trump finally figured out his all-talk-no-walk immigration policy wasn’t going to fly with his base in the election next year.
  7. Exactly. The H1B program is used to drive down wages. That’s its only purpose. This bill is a handout to corporations at the expense of American citizens. As anyone who’s worked in IT for any length of time can tell you the vast majority of H1B holders are not high quality employees.
  8. Yikes. Nothing to add but that’s frightening, since I’ll be in the same boat as you. Please keep us updated.
  9. @nakuke One more thing to keep in mind, a few years from now. Japanese schools basically can’t refuse to take kids so you can potentially send your kid to school in Japan for a couple months every summer. There’s a super cute little girl who shows up in my daughter’s class in June/July every year during the US summer holiday.
  10. I saw your post on r/japan. That group is mostly weebs outside Japan who don’t have any specific knowledge about Japan (with some exceptions). r/japanlife is specifically for grumpy expats inside Japan. And r/japancicrclejerk is for bitter alcoholic expats who’ve given up on life. In addition to what’s been mentioned, many cities have a Japanese supplementary school (補習授業校) so you might check into that. If you live in a larger city there might be a Japanese supermarket. There aren’t any communities dedicated to American/English-speaking spouses of Japanese as far as I know, because as you’ve noticed that’s not how it works. Honestly unless your Japanese language skills are quite advanced you should let your wife handle the JP baby registration, JP passport, etc., and let her pick things up through her own social network. Having a kid is exciting (congrats!) and the first impulse is to do everything at once but the first rule of parenthood is to relax :) You'll be fine.
  11. The US Embassy Japan website covers this. Unless you have some exceptional circumstances, reside in Korea or are in the military you can’t do DCF in Japan. I don’t see anything exceptional about OP’s situation so trying for DCF is likely to waste everyone’s time. https://jp.usembassy.gov/visas/immigrant-visas/family-immigration/apply-step1/ USCIS guidance on exceptional circumstances: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/2012/May/DOS-I130May1412.pdf
  12. No but I guess that's not uncommon here, particularly when the son in law takes over a family business. A man can't have been a 'maiden' so I understand your concern. Maybe add it underneath in parenthesis and then put a note about it in your cover letter? Just dug up my wife's G-325a and the 'Maiden name' section for her mother is blank...
  13. Congrats! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Fukuoka but never visited. It’s famous for its food, chill atmosphere and beautiful women ;) The humidity would kill me though. I think you’re on the right path establishing your career in the states. As @carmel34 mentions just read the instructions and send what’s listed there. - They don’t need your whole life history - just your unexpired passport should be fine. - There’s no requirement to have a third party certify the translation, you can do that yourself. - USCIS is aware that Japan doesn’t have shared bank accounts etc and it shouldn't cause any problems as long as you have other evidence of bona fide marriage. Like you I attached a bunch of photos of us with our families in both countries. - You’ll need to prove intent to reestablish US domicile. For this I used emails with US recruiters plus US bank account info. - We had to visit a local camera shop to get the photos made in the right size. Also you may want to remove the personally identifying information from your post. Best of luck.
  14. 厚生年金 (Kosei Nenkin) is paid by employers and is deducted out of your salary. There's also Kokumin Nenkin (National Pension) which is similar but has fewer benefits, can also be deducted or paid for directly. As you mention nenkin participation is mandatory even if you're jobless although people with no income can get an exemption. https://blog.gaijinpot.com/understanding-the-japan-pension-system-pt-1-what-is-it-and-how-does-it-work/ As you mention, in the US none of this is relevant, but you might want to read up on the Japan<>US totalization agreement to make sure she can get whatever benefits are due from paying into nenkin. https://www.nenkin.go.jp/international/english/international/socialsecurity.html
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