PROPOSED CHANGES TO H-1B, H-4 SPOUSAL WORK PERMITS, AND EB5 VISAS COULD BE COMING SOON
The USCIS published proposed Public Charge regulations that would affect nonimmigrant and immigrant workers. In addition, the USCIS also hopes to roll out new proposed changes to the H-1B, H-4 Spousal Work Permit and EB5 visa programs. The plans for the H-1B program could include: a proposal to create a pre-registration program for employers; a new definition of "specialty occupation"; a continued demotion of computer programmers as "specialty occupations"; and requiring staffing companies to provide full itineraries. The H-4 Spousal Work Permit program changes would involve phasing out the program. The EB5 changes would increase the investment threshold and focus more on rural areas. For more information on the possible changes, please refer to the following article:
If you are wondering why your immigration case is taking longer to process, this is probably why...
We are starting to see Green Card processing times lasting up to 3 years. The Naturalization backlog has doubled since the Trump Administration took over. As noted deep in the article below:
“The proof is in the pudding,” he said. “There are a lot of changes in how applications are being accepted processed and decided, and there’s been no change in the law.”
USCIS was built to roll out legal residency and citizenship for those who qualify and distribute the benefits that come with each, but Meyer said it’s just not happening.
“There’s an intent behind that, and the intent is to delay and slow down and frustrate and complicate the existing immigration process,” he said. “It’s been under the Trump administration that those processes have, in many ways, ground to a halt, and that hasn’t been due to a change in law. That’s been due to a change in agency implementation.”
As of September 11, 2018, the USCIS will be suspending Premium Processing for certain H-1B Petitions filed at the Vermont and California Service Centers. This suspension does not apply to cap-exempt H-1B filings or H-1B Extensions filed at the Nebraska Service Center where there has been no change in employment with the same employer.
It will apply to all H-1B Change of Employer filings, H-1B Amendment, and H-1B Extensions where there has been a change in the conditions of employment.
For more information, please refer to the link below:
Attorney General Sessions and Trump Administration Shutting Down Legal Immigration Now from the Inside Out
Building a wall and the Muslim Ban make headline news, but shutting down legal immigration from the inside out is something the public does not hear about- unless it happens to their employer or colleagues. We have seen a SUBSTANTIAL increase in Requests for Evidence (RFEs) since President Trump was elected and Attorney General Sessions took over the Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. Passport or Passport Card May Be Needed to Travel Within the U.S. in 2018
Residents of New York, California, Illinois and Missouri, along with several other states, may need to obtain a U.S. Passport or Passport Card to fly domestically in 2018.
Bi-Partisan Bill to be Introduced to Save "Dreamers" Due to DACA Possibly Being Phased Out
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (R) and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois (D) plan to re-introduce a version of the "DREAM Act," this week. The Bill would provide an option for young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. without authorization when they were minors by their parents to obtain U.S citizenship. These children currently are temporarily protected from removal under "DACA," but they may lose this special protected status, due to a court challenge from Texas and nine other states. Please see the below article for more information.
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Girls' Robotics Team from Afghanistan Allowed to Enter the U.S. After Visa Denial
Finally- some good news in the immigration world! Kudos to the State Department for reversing the denial of the visas for this girls' robotics team from Afghanistan to visit the U.S. They were issued temporary "parole" after a large public outcry.
Trump Administration Delays Entrepreneur Advance Parole Which Would Greatly Help Startup Companies and Was Implemented by President Obama
Entrepreneurs and small startups are responsible for creating jobs in the U.S. We currently do not have an entrepreneur visa to help immigrants wanting to start companies in the U.S. This entrepreneur advance parole was a temporary solution created by President Obama to help these entrepreneurs start companies here. It is a shame that it has been postponed.
How the Trump Administration is affecting immigration. As mentioned in our previous article, all of the best and brightest in the tech world will start immigrating to countries that welcome them, like Canada.
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