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30,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas to Become Available After a Bipartisan Push

30,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas to Become Available After a Bipartisan Push

In a welcome immigration-related development, the Trump administration has proposed increasing the annual allotment of H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers. As employers have long argued, the current cap is woefully inadequate to meet the demand for workers in seasonal industries. The H-2B program is designed for seasonal work. Some of the most common occupations […]

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Why It’s Critical to Take a Closer Look at Foreign-Worker Petitions Data

Why It’s Critical to Take a Closer Look at Foreign-Worker Petitions Data

American businesses rely on foreign-born workers in many industries and the country’s immigration system has channels specifically dedicated to employment-based immigration. The Trump administration, however, has deliberately restricted and slowed the pace of these legal immigration channels. This is reflected in an abrupt jump in immigration application denial rates, increased scrutiny of nonimmigrant and immigrant […]

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USCIS Hits H-1B Cap Within Days, Showing America Needs Foreign Workers

USCIS Hits H-1B Cap Within Days, Showing America Needs Foreign Workers

As another H-1B season comes to an end, one thing is clear: the demand for educated foreign workers is as high as ever. The annual H-1B cap was reached within a mere 5 business days. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting petitions for Fiscal Year 2020 on April 1. On April 12, the […]

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‘We Just Heard Screaming.’ ICE Arrests 280 Workers in the Largest Immigration Raid in a Decade

‘We Just Heard Screaming.’ ICE Arrests 280 Workers in the Largest Immigration Raid in a Decade

The scene outside a technology repair company in Allen, Texas on Wednesday was bleak. In the aftermath of an immigration raid, family members gathered to make phone calls, connect with attorneys, and give support to the workers arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that afternoon. ICE agents arrested more than 280 employees suspected of […]

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How Can U.S. Blue-Collar Industries Thrive Again?

How Can U.S. Blue-Collar Industries Thrive Again?

For the first time in two decades, the U.S. workforce has more jobs than people willing or able to fill them. Labor shortages are impacting almost every field in the country. But employers are now struggling to find one type of worker more than others: blue-collar workers. Analysts largely point to two reasons for this […]

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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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