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H-1B Immigration Reform

The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly... more +
The H-1B visa program allows U.S. employers to hire temporary nonimmigrant workers for specialty occupations. Specialty occupations are defined as occupations requiring the application of a "body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent." Examples of specialty occupations include chemistry, mathematics, engineering, medicine, and architecture, to name a few. Individuals may not apply for H-1B visas; they are distributed only through the approval of employer petitions. In order to protect U.S. workers from unfair competition resulting from the program, the rules require that employers pay nonimmigrant workers equivalent wages to similarly-situated U.S. workers or the industry's prevailing wage. H-1B visas are subject to a yearly cap which is currently set at 85,000.   less -

Labor Secretary Announces Aggressive Stance on Visa Fraud and Abuse

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Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will more aggressively enforce laws governing the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs. The DOL will continue to...more

No Immigration Surprises in President’s Proposed Budget - Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump’s proposed budget released by the White House earlier this week contains no real surprises when it comes to the immigration provisions. The budget supports President Trump’s promises to increase immigration...more

Will the Tech Industry Be Trumped By Immigration Reform?

by Ronald Shapiro on

The Trump Administration could soon make it more difficult for talented immigrants to obtain tech jobs in the United States. As President Trump takes aim at technology companies throughout the nation who use H-1B visas and a...more

The First 100 Days on Planet Immigration

by Burr & Forman on

The first months of President Trump’s administration have been a whirlwind of activity, and certainly immigration has been the subject of several executive orders and much controversy. The natural question that arises from...more

Trump Executive Order Calls for Reforms to H-1B Visa Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

In a recent executive order, US President Donald Trump ordered his cabinet secretaries to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program to help ensure that “H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition...more

Data Entry of FY 2018 H-1B Petitions Complete

by Morgan Lewis on

Some Vermont cases will be transferred to California. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3 that all data entry for FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been completed....more

April 2017: The 13 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. April 2017 was another month...more

Buy American and Hire American: What it Means for the Construction Industry

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (No. 13788). The Order requires agencies to do a wholesale evaluation of their compliance with “Buy American” laws...more

Buy American Executive Order Means Renewed Obligations for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American” (the Order), which declares the Executive branch’s policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer...more

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Higher Education Associations...

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017....more

Buy American and Hire American – New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear

On April 18, President Trump signed a new executive order (EO) at a ceremony in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The EO is entitled “Buy American and Hire American” and focuses on these two themes, with the President’s stated goal of...more

Latest Trump Executive Order and H-1B Visas

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled "Buy American Hire American", laying out provisions and policies to review the H-1B visa program as well as a review of federal procurement and grant...more

Trump Administration Issues “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EO orders the Departments of State, Justice, Labor, and Homeland Security to propose new rules and issue new guidance to “protect the interests of U.S. workers” and “promote the functioning of the H-1B...more

Trump Targets Tech Teams (And Others) Through H-1B Crackdown

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order this week directing a full review of the H-1B visa program as part of a continued push to clamp down companies that hire foreign labor instead of American workers. The centerpiece of...more

Executive Order Leaves Current H-1B System in Place, But Calls for Reforms

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO), “Buy American and Hire American,” which aims to “stimulate economic growth” and “ensure the integrity of the immigration system.” Although this action...more

FY2018 H-1B Lottery Applications Decline for First Time in 5 Years

by Fisher Phillips on

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this week that it received 199,000 H-1B petitions for the FY 2018 H-1B cap. As usual, this far exceeds the total allocation of 65,000...more

New Executive Order Addresses H-IB Visas

by Littler on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order (EO), which addresses H-IB visas. The EO calls for the application of existing U.S. laws to visa recipients and the revaluation...more

Buy American and Hire American and the H-1B Lottery

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order labeled the “Buy American and Hire American” initiative. Federal agencies are already subject to certain laws and regulations which require or give preference to American...more

H-1B Cap Lottery Completed for FY2018

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 17th, USCIS announced that it received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the FY2018 cap filing period, which began April 3, 2017. USCIS has also completed the computer-generated random selection process (aka the...more

USCIS H-1B Cap Numbers

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017 that the agency reached the congressionally mandated number of 65,000 visa H-1B Cap petitions for FY2018. USCIS reported on April 17, 2017 that...more

H-1B Cap Reached; President Trump Signs H-1B Executive Order

On April 7, only five business days into the filing season, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had already received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory caps for both...more

Trump Administration Announces Changes to the H-1B Program

by Dickinson Wright on

In connection with the Trump Administration’s desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well...more

Push to Protect American Jobs: Round-up on Proposed Reforms to H-1B, L-1 Visas

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Reforming the H-1B program “is an issue we are closely and carefully looking at,” Donald Trump had said during the campaign. This sentiment is shared by Congress, as evidenced by the slew of legislation proposed across both...more

H-1B Updates from USCIS

by Mintz Levin on

“Computer Programmer” as a Specialty Occupation - On March 31, 2017, USCIS released a policy memorandum addressing the adjudication and review of H-1B petitions for Computer Programmers. The memorandum rescinded a...more

USCIS Announces New Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Bracewell LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced heightened measures to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. In its site visits to H-1B petitioners and the worksites of H-1B...more

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