Under the Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is preparing for regulatory changes to employment-based visa programs. Notably, the H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows American companies to hire foreign workers for temporary duration, as long as the job is qualified as a “specialty occupation” requiring theoretical or technical expertise. The visa is typically issued for 3 to 6 years, and the H-1B visa is most prominently used in the technology sector.
If the Trump administration carries out a new regulation preventing H-1B visa extension, foreign employees and their families would not be the only ones impacted by it. The American employers would also be subjected to heightened scrutiny under proposed changes. It is not a new story that USCIS can make unannounced visits to the work place to verify the prevailing wage, the employee’s daily tasks, and the employer’s business and supervision.
Continuing from year 2017, we expect many swift changes in immigration law in the new year.
Proposed changes will impact not only aliens with criminal records, but also aliens legally working in the U.S. with no criminal records, as well as American employers who hire legal aliens.
In the midst of swift changes, it is important to keep in contact with your immigration attorney to remain informed and prepared.
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