On this day, when the legal immigration world should be celebrating an incoming President that, at the very least, will not be anti legal immigration, we are still reading and trying to understand the implications of the new rules announced in the past week. Here is a link to a great summary from our friend Stuart Anderson. Many of the new rules target healthcare and IT occupations and employers. We will provide updates as actions are taken by President Biden.
The claims being made by the Trump administration to defend their new regulations are demonstrably false. Not that the White House cares about the veracity of its statements but, maybe someone will. Forbes published a nice article laying out the evidence countering the White House claims.
In a question that can only be described as rhetorical for anyone that has been following the actions of the USCIS under the Trump Administration, a Federal Court Judge is exploring whether the attacks on the H-1b visa are without merit and done intentionally to undermine Congressionally enacted statutes, properly enacted regulations and long-standing Agency and Court precedents for political gain. Check out this recent Forbes article. We will continue to closely follow this Court case and provide updates as available.
Happy New Year. At this time of year, we are all looking for predictions on what may occur in 2018. The change we have an official announcement on is the elimination of the H-4 EAD program, with a new Federal Rule expected to be released in Feb. In keeping with President Trump’s goal to reduce legal immigration by 50%, other changes have been discussed but, nothing else has been officially announced. For a nice summary of the rumors and plans, check out this article in Forbes.