After U. S. President Donald J. Trump took office in January 2017, the administration sought changes to immigration laws and policies of the previous administrations. As immigration attorneys know, even minor changes can have a major impact on employers, workers, and families. Here are immigration reforms by the current administration.
Immigration Law Policy Updates
H-1B Visa Policy
Under the H-1B visa program, 65,000 foreign workers with bachelor’s degrees in particular specialties, or combined equivalent of experience, education, and training, can receive sponsorship from U.S. employers each year. In addition, 20,000 people with U.S. master’s degrees or higher can qualify for sponsorship.
H-1B Policy Reform
On April 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced its mandate to protect U.S. workers by eliminating H-1B program fraud and abuses by employers who import foreign workers to decrease wages and job opportunities for Americans. The agency’s audits now focus on possible differences in wage levels, misrepresented work locations or duties, and lack of work experience. This approach contrasts with the straightforward USCIS audits during past administrations.
Reversal of Policy for H-1B and L-1 Application Approval
Under the L-1 visa program, international employers can transfer executives, managers, or people with advanced or specialized knowledge of the business to related U.S. offices so that they can add their global enterprise experience. On October 23, 2017, the USCIS released a policy memorandum regarding treatment of H-1B and L-1 petitions. Now, the USCIS does not give deference to findings in a petition previously approved, even if the key elements had not changed and there was no evidence of fraud or material error in the previous determination. This change reversed a 2004 policy that was renewed in 2015.
Skilled immigration attorneys at Pena & Kahn offer advice and representation to individuals in the Tri-State area, helping them enter or remain in the United States legally. From offices on Waters Place and on Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and in Jackson Heights, Queens, these dedicated immigration attorneys monitor changes in immigration laws and policies to serve and empower their clients. Contact Pena & Kahn to assist you in achieving the American dream. Learn more about the firm, including information about their personal injury and accident attorneys, at their website. Call (718) 585-6551 for a free, confidential consultation appointment, and follow them on Facebook.