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DHS Acts to Eliminate Opportunities for Foreign Entrepreneurs and U.S. Job Growth

DHS Acts to Eliminate Opportunities for Foreign Entrepreneurs and U.S. Job Growth

The Trump administration continued its shortsighted attack on businesses this week, indicating it will end a rule allowing foreign entrepreneurs to grow start-up companies in the United States. The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) was designed to bring the talent, ideas, and initiative of foreign entrepreneurs to the United States by easing the process for them […]

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders

In a rare show of bipartisanship, 130 members of Congress sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirsten Nielsen urging her to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders. This letter is part of an  effort by lawmakers to sway the Trump administration, which has made […]

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Is USCIS Exceeding Its Authority as It Attempts to Restrict “Specialty Occupation” Workers?

Is USCIS Exceeding Its Authority as It Attempts to Restrict “Specialty Occupation” Workers?

As U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins adjudicating H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 “cap,”—the annual limit on the number of visas that will be made available for newly-hired foreign workers in “specialty occupations”—employers can expect attacks on this popular category to continue. Congress has defined a “specialty occupation” as requiring […]

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Fewer Foreign Doctors Could Spell Disaster for America’s Most Underserved Communities

Fewer Foreign Doctors Could Spell Disaster for America’s Most Underserved Communities

The United States has long been the country of choice for international physicians seeking a graduate medical education. But for the second year in a row, the number of foreign doctors who applied to graduate residency programs in the United States has declined. This has triggered concern that the Trump administration’s strict immigration policies are […]

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H-1B Cap Has Been Reached in First Week for Sixth Consecutive Year, USCIS Announces

H-1B Cap Has Been Reached in First Week for Sixth Consecutive Year, USCIS Announces

Demonstrating a critical demand for educated foreign workers in the United States, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within 5 business days. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B petitions on April 2, and on April 6, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal […]

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Allowing Spouses of H-1B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

Allowing Spouses of H-1B’s to Work Makes America More Competitive

As part of the April 2017 “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, the Trump administration announced that it intends to revoke the employment eligibility of the spouses of foreign workers with H-1B visas. These changes, if implemented, could have distressing effects on many of these workers, their families, and American competitiveness. Known as “H-4 […]

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What You Need to Know About Foreign-Trained Doctors in the U.S. Healthcare System

What You Need to Know About Foreign-Trained Doctors in the U.S. Healthcare System

There are more than 247,000 doctors with medical degrees from foreign countries practicing in the United States. A fourth of all physicians in the nation are foreign-trained—the majority of whom are also likely foreign-born (based on medical licensing data). With healthcare worker shortages projected for the foreseeable future, the U.S. healthcare system may increasingly depend […]

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Attacks on Exchange Visitor Program Hurts American Businesses

Attacks on Exchange Visitor Program Hurts American Businesses

Among the laundry list of proposed restrictions and other attacks on immigration, the Trump administration is reportedly considering cuts to the Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) and therefore limiting access to its corresponding J-1 visa. The long-standing program and non-immigrant visa allows American schools, businesses, and communities to host foreign nationals in the United States as […]

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Who Is in and out Under the RAISE Act

Who Is in and out Under the RAISE Act

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) seeks to dramatically reshape American immigration by favoring youth and a narrow set of skills over family values and diversity. It does so by virtually eliminating all family-based legal immigration categories, except for some immediate relatives. In addition, it eliminates the Diversity Visa, which […]

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Foreign Workers Make Up 25 Percent of the Entire STEM Workforce

Foreign Workers Make Up 25 Percent of the Entire STEM Workforce

With the Trump administration threatening to limit the immigration of highly skilled foreign professionals to the United States, now is a good time to take stock of just how valuable those professionals are to the U.S. economy and how short-sighted it is to place limits on their contributions to this country. High-skilled workers in STEM […]

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