Possible Upcoming Rule Changes to be on the Lookout For

DHS has release its Agency Rule List for Spring 2018. In this release the current administration outlined their rule change wish list, which includes:

1. Scrapping the H1b lottery. Possibly requiring preregistration for H1b’s.
2. Revisions to H1b definitions for specialty occupation. We’ve already seen some Officers use narrower interpretations than what we believe the regs plainly state.
3. Ending the H4 EAD program.
4. OPT reform. We have already seen some of this through the USCIS website update restricting 3rd party placements.
5. B visa reform. We anticipate that they are seeking to narrow the allowable business activities on B1 visas.
6. New Fee schedule. Because USCIS Officers are having to work overtime to generate all these RFE’s for you! [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][satire]

These are changes that will not take effect immediately and must go through the regulatory rule change process. HLG will be monitoring these potential changes and will update our clients when/if they affect your business.

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