Financial District, New York
28 Liberty Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 461-7152

Experienced H-1B Lawyers Explain New Rules That Affect Computer Workers April 19, 2017

Financial District, Manhattan
Experienced H-1B Lawyers Explain New Rules That Affect Computer Workers, Manhattan, New York

The new administration's promises to change U.S. immigration policy are going into effect, changing almost every aspect of the system. One of the most recent amendments to the rules may have a significant impact on computer science workers hoping to enter the country on an H-1B visa, which is reserved for highly skilled workers in specialized fields. According to Berd & Klauss, PLLC, H-1B lawyers based in New York City, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services no longer regards computer workers as specialists in their fields.

Traditionally, any worker in a computer-related occupation has been eligible to apply for an H-1B visa, especially if they are involved in programming or development. Unfortunately, a policy memorandum issued on March 31, 2017, rescinds this guidance, making a distinction between complex, senior-level positions and those primarily involving entry-level work. In particular, the new memo takes issue with the fact that even some accomplished computer programmers do not necessarily have a bachelor's degree or higher.

h-1b lawyerInstead of assuming that computer programming is a specialty field, USCIS's rules require H-1B applicants to prove that their work constitutes a specialty application. These new rules may present significant hurdles for game designers, software engineers, and others, as well as the tech companies who wish to hire them.

Along with stricter experience requirements, the USCIS may require employees to submit lists of job duties along with their application paperwork, which may present a significant burden on smaller organizations. For help navigating the complexities of this new framework, computer workers should consult with an experienced H-1B lawyer for guidance.

As one of the area's most established and well-respected immigration law firms, Berd & Klauss, PLLC has helped countless clients from around the world get the visas they need. Learn more about non-immigrant visas online, keep up with changes to immigration law on their Facebook, or call (212) 461-7152 for a consultation with an H-1B lawyer today.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Berd & Klauss, PLLC
Why Visitors to the U.S. Should Avoid Marijuana Dispensaries, Manhattan, New York
Marijuana dispensaries operate legally in several U.S. states, which may lead international visitors to assume they can safely visit these establishments. Unfortunately, due to more
4 Common Reasons for Rejected Visa Applications, Manhattan, New York
Many people hoping to travel to the United States for work, school, or vacation find themselves confused by the visa process, especially when their application is denied. US more
4 FAQs About Street Encounters with Police, Manhattan, New York
Many undocumented immigrants don’t fully understand their constitutional rights and worry that any interaction with the police will lead to deportation. Fortunately, this is not more
4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Immigration Attorney, Manhattan, New York
The U.S. immigration system is notoriously complex, with confusing requirements and guidelines that seem to change constantly. Whether you’re applying for a visa or hoping to become more
4 FAQ About Expiring Green Cards , Manhattan, New York
Individuals with a permanent resident alien status are allowed to stay in the United States indefinitely, but the identifying documents issued by USCIS do expire. Fortunately, an more