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  • The Biden Administration Allows Nonimmigrant Visa Ban to Expire

    On March 31, 2021, the Presidential Proclamation restricting the entry of certain nonimmigrants, including H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain J-1 travelers, into the United States, has been allowed to expire by President Biden.  It has been widely reported that President Biden will not renew this June 2020 Presidential Proclamation, put in place by the Trump […]

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  • Biden Administration Rescinds Buy American Hire American Executive Order & 2017 Computer Programmer Memo

    President Biden signed an executive order which essentially revoked former President Trump’s Buy American Hire American (BAHA) executive order, as well as the 2017 Computer Programmer Memo. President Trump signed the BAHA executive order on April 18, 2017. The order claimed to increase wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and directed agencies to issue rules […]

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  • DHS Announces Upcoming H-1B Lottery Season & Delays Effective Date of the H-1B Selection Final Rule

    Last week, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap registration process for the upcoming H-1B lottery season will open on March 9, 2021 and will close on March 25, 2021. USCIS will notify selected registrants by March 31, 2021 that they have been selected and petitions may be filed for the selected beneficiaries between April 1 […]

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  • DOL Issued a Revised Wage Rule Restructuring the Prevailing Wage System

    On January 14, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule, Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States, changing how wage levels are computed under the DOL’s four-tier wage structure. The January 14, 2021 rule is a revised version of a similar DOL rule, […]

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  • DHS will Publish Final Rule Modifying the H-1B Cap Selection Process

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a final rule, Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H1B Petitions, on January 8, 2021, amending its regulations governing the process by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B registrations for the filing of H-1B cap-subject petitions. Specifically, this rule will direct […]

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  • President Trump Extends Immigrant & Nonimmigrant Visa Bans to March 31

    On December 31, 2020, the Trump Administration issued a presidential proclamation, Proclamation on Suspension of Entry of Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who Continue to Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market, extending the ban of entry for certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visas as provided for in the April 22, 2020 and June 22, 2020 proclamations.   President Trump’s […]

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  • Senate Unanimously Passes Immigration Bill Lobbied by Big Tech

    On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill entitled “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020.” The bill, which sets out new provisions focused on both green card and H-1B temporary worker reform, was passed without any public hearings and is said to pacify Big Tech’s hankering for cheap indentured labor. Notably, this is the […]

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  • Breaking News: District Court Sets Aside Two Interim Final Rules Targeting Employment-Based Immigration

    On December 1, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California set aside two interim final rules upending the H-1B visa program and other employment-based immigration categories in Chamber of Commerce v. DHS. Both rules were announced in October and comprised of significant changes to the H-1B prevailing wage levels and eligibility criteria.  The […]

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  • H-1B Specialty Occupation Class Action Litigation: Court Grants Class Certification

    The United States District Court, Northern District of California has granted, in part, a motion for class certification brought by U.S. employers (“Plaintiffs”) who alleged that USCIS has a “policy and practice of arbitrarily and unlawfully denying H-1B nonimmigrant worker petitions for the specialty occupation of market research analyst.”  The H-1B classification allows employers to […]

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  • DHS Proposes Rule to Prioritize Selection of H-1B Registrations Based on Wage Levels

    On October 28, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking that would prioritize the selection of H-1B registrations (or petitions, if the registration process is suspended) based on corresponding wage levels. DHS states that this will better protect the economic interests of U.S. workers, while still allowing U.S. employers […]

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