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Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most

Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most

The Trump administration is set to issue a proposed rule that would prevent the spouses of certain high-skilled temporary foreign workers from getting jobs while they are in the United States. The rule—which would bar employment for those in H-4 status—would waste economic potential and have a disproportionate impact on women. This new rule derives […]

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USCIS Final Regulation Puts Registration On Hold, Changes Petition Selection Order

USCIS Final Regulation Puts Registration On Hold, Changes Petition Selection Order

On January 31, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final regulation that changes the process U.S employers will have to follow in order to hire foreign workers under the “H-1B” program. The rule applies to H-1B petitions subject to the statutory “cap” of 65,000 H-1B workers per fiscal year. Employers will be required […]

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Businesses Are Fighting Back Against USCIS’ Restrictive View of H-1B ‘Specialty Occupation’

Businesses Are Fighting Back Against USCIS’ Restrictive View of H-1B ‘Specialty Occupation’

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is making it more difficult to hire temporary foreign workers in a “specialty occupation.” American businesses are fighting back in order to keep their talent in increasingly competitive tech and science fields. Since June 2017, at least 14 lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country, challenging […]

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Department of Homeland Security Blocks H-2B Visas for Filipinos, Dominicans, and Ethiopians

Department of Homeland Security Blocks H-2B Visas for Filipinos, Dominicans, and Ethiopians

Citing high rates of visa overstays, on January 18 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule mostly barring nationals from the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, and Ethiopia from receiving certain temporary worker visas. The U.S. territory of Guam is likely to be most impacted as it relies on large numbers of Filipino workers. […]

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With Comment Period Expired, Uncertainty Remains About H-1B Registration Process

With Comment Period Expired, Uncertainty Remains About H-1B Registration Process

January 2 marked the final day for comments on a proposed rule by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that would implement a new registration requirement for H-1B visas for well-educated foreign professionals. This proposal would require employers looking to hire H-1B workers to first register electronically with the agency during a specified registration period. […]

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Sick From Eating That Salad? Blame Trump’s Immigration Policies

Sick From Eating That Salad? Blame Trump’s Immigration Policies

In 2018 alone, the Center for Disease Control has been called to investigate 24 instances of foodborne disease outbreaks, marking the highest number of investigations since 2006. These recent outbreaks have tainted much of the United States’ food supply, from salad to beef to everyday breakfast cereal. Some experts have pointed to the Trump administration’s […]

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USCIS’ Proposed H1-B Registration Rule Creates More Uncertainty for Employers

USCIS’ Proposed H1-B Registration Rule Creates More Uncertainty for Employers

Just months short of the normal starting date for the annual H-1B petition process, USCIS has proposed major changes. U.S. employers who rely on this visa category, which is for jobs that require a bachelor’s or higher degree in a “specific specialty” or equivalent at the entry-level, are now in limbo, unsure whether these changes […]

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New Census Data Show Immigrants Complement Natives in the US Workforce

New Census Data Show Immigrants Complement Natives in the US Workforce

Every year, the Census Bureau releases new data from its American Community Survey (ACS), which contains a wealth of information about the characteristics of the U.S. population. Without fail, this data always underscores the significant extent to which immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy. The 2017 data—released in September 2018—was no exception. As the ACS data […]

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How Experts Are Addressing Immigrant Underemployment and Why it Matters

How Experts Are Addressing Immigrant Underemployment and Why it Matters

Many immigrants bring advanced expertise when they come to the United States, but those skills are often underutilized. Due to a range of complex factors, such as professional credentialing and licensing requirements, immigrants’ qualifications are often overlooked. Experts are making inroads to address this, recognizing that such barriers are detrimental to the U.S. economy, as […]

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American Companies Should Be Able to Hire Foreign Seasonal Workers – Trump’s Businesses Do

American Companies Should Be Able to Hire Foreign Seasonal Workers – Trump’s Businesses Do

Kitchens, restaurants, and housekeeping departments in high-end resorts are often staffed with foreign seasonal workers, who arrive into the United States during peak vacation months. American vacation destinations including resorts—which frequently tout costly club memberships—can employ foreign workers through the H-2B visa program if there are not enough Americans to fill the positions. Many American […]

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