The Future of H-1B

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The future of H-1B in limbo as many changes are being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security The H-1B allows skilled foreign workers who hold at least a bachelor’s degree to be hired by U.S. employers in a “specialty occupation.” The maximum validity of the H-1B visa is 6 years and it is issued in three (3) year increment. The regulations allocate a total of 85,000 visas per fiscal year, including 20,000 allocated to foreign workers with a U.S. Master’s degree. Each fiscal year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency receives more petitions than there are available visas. For example, in the 2019 fiscal year, USCIS received 190,098 […]

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Plan to Extend TPS Benefits

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The Government Outlines Its Plan to Extend TPS Benefits Under Court Order Written by  Aaron Reichlin, Courtesy of  American Immigration Council, Immigration Impact In early October, a federal court ruled that the Trump administration had violated the law when it terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. After weeks of negotiation with the ACLU, which brought the lawsuit, the government has now come forward with a plan to put that decision in action while the case is on appeal. The government’s plan, published Tuesday night, provides crucial breathing room for TPS holders whose status was set to expire soon. Under the government’s plan, […]

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USCIS Issues More Deportation Notices

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USCIS Begins Implementing Plan to Issue More Deportation Notices Written by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick  of American Immigration Council U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance to its officers in June instructing them to initiate deportation proceedings for certain applicants who were denied immigration benefits. At the same time, the agency put the guidance on hold and solicited comments from the public. On Monday, October 2, 2018,  the guidance went into full effect, putting thousands of applicants at risk of deportation. USCIS’s new policy will lead the agency to issue “Notices to Appear” (NTAs), documents which formally initiate removal proceedings against a noncitizen, whenever the agency denies an applicant with no […]

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