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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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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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Trump’s Latest Executive Order Targets High-Skilled Immigrants

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Executive Action, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Trump’s Latest Executive Order Targets High-Skilled Immigrants

On April 18, President Trump signed the presidential executive order on Buy American and Hire American. Similar to the other immigration-related executive orders, this one has no immediate effect. The executive order does not change the existing requirements for any visa category or the processes for approving a petition or application for a particular visa […]

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Trump Administration to Announce H-1B Visa Changes

Trump Administration to Announce H-1B Visa Changes

Several media outlets have reported that on Tuesday, April 18, President Trump will sign an executive order mandating that the immigration agencies undertake a review of the H-1B visas classification and suggesting that they must take steps to overhaul the process for allocating the limited number available to those employers subject to the annual “cap.” According […]

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H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments
H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

U.S. employers are vying for the chance to hire skilled foreign workers, but once again, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within five business days. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017 and, on April 7, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire […]

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Halt to Premium Processing of H-1B Visa Petitions Hurts Workers, Business and USCIS

Written by on March 7, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Halt to Premium Processing of H-1B Visa Petitions Hurts Workers, Business and USCIS

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will halt premium processing of H-1B visa petitions on April 3, for up to six months. Through the H-1B visa category, employers can petition for highly educated professionals to work in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. This decision […]

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The Economic Costs of Ending DACA

Written by on February 14, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Economics with 0 Comments
The Economic Costs of Ending DACA

The President has left the public in suspense as to what he will do with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which grants young immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as work authorization. The President has made a variety of comments about what he will do, ranging from ending DACA outright […]

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Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

Written by on January 9, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, High Skilled, Legislation with 0 Comments
Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in later this month, for the first time in a decade, the Republican Party will have control of the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the Presidency. In theory, this control allows the Congress to pass and help implement many of the incoming President’s priorities. On immigration, Trump has […]

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How Can the U.S. Attract and Retain STEM Graduates?

How Can the U.S. Attract and Retain STEM Graduates?

International doctoral students are significantly more likely than native-born U.S. students to major in and graduate from STEM fields In fact, international students make up about 40 percent of all STEM Ph.D. students, and are expected to comprise half of all STEM Ph.D. graduates by 2020. A new report by the Kauffman Foundation, Will They […]

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