Thursday, January 9, 2020

BUSINESS IMMIGRATION OUTLOOK FOR 2020

There are some obvious areas where we can expect to see activity in business immigration 2020.  Here are a few topics that we will keeping our eye on this year:

New H-1B Cap Process

The USCIS has confirmed that it will use an electronic pre-registration system for 2020 (Fiscal Year 2021).  Under this program, H-1B petitioners and beneficiaries must be registered between March 1-20, 2020.  Please join us for a teleconference on the new H-1B registration system to learn more.  REGISTER.

H-1B Specialty Occupation Rule

The USCIS recently published notice that it intends to revise the definition of specialty occupation, with an aim to restricting the number of people who qualify for the H-1B visa.  It remains to be seen what the revised definition says and whether or not the USCIS oversteps its authority with a new rule.  The USCIS continually is sued on these issues and usually settles the case by reopening and approving the H-1B petition. 

H-1B Employer-Employee Rule

Likewise, USCIS will also seek to revise the H-1B rule by creating a stricter law on who can be an H-1B employer.  USCIS’ own regulation says that its aim is to “to better protect U.S. workers and wages,” which has traditionally been the Department of Labor, not the USCIS’ role.  Again, we expect to see lawsuits if the USCIS exceeds the rules set forth by Congress.

Recession of the H-4 / EAD rule

The Trump Administration has, for years, sought to eliminate the H-4/EAD rule.  A recent USCIS court filing indicates that the rule rescinding work authorization could happen in March. 

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