On January 21, 2022, the Biden administration announced updated policies designed to enhance immigration opportunities for foreign nationals in STEM fields - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Today’s release of the November Visa Bulletin resulted in disappointment and frustration among Indian and Chinese nationals who have been waiting in line for years for green cards.
When I think back on the immigration aspects of the year 2020, I am struck by the amount of time our firm had to regroup, revise and rethink normal ordinary immigration practices and procedures. In the year 2020, immigration lawyers scrambled to ascertain what forms were required, what supporting documents were required, where to file applications and what the fees were.
We are hopeful for substantive change for the better in immigration policies and procedures. Like you, I am wondering… now what happens?
- New DOL & DHS Rules Make Game Changing Revisions to PERM and H-1B Wages and Minimum Qualifications GalleryGreen Cards, H-1B, Immigration, Immigration Regulations, Nonimmigrant Visas, PERM, USCIS, Wage Requirements
On October 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the text of game changing revisions to PERM and H-1B regulations. The DOL has announced that an Interim Final Rule, making sweeping changes to H-1B and PERM wage requirements, will be published October 8, 2020 and will be effective immediately upon publication. On the same day, DHS announced the publication of new regulations tightening requirements for H-1B degree requirements and employer / employee relationships. These new regulations are intended to protect U.S. workers by narrowing the pool of qualifying H-1B petitions to high wage / high skill positions.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to file an application for the Diversity Visa Lottery! Applications for the 2022 Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program will be accepted online starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Applications must be submitted by noon EDT on Tuesday, November 10, 2022. There is no filing tee to apply.
The end of H-4 spouse employment authorization, one of the most closely watched proposals of the Trump administration, is moving closer to reality.