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More Trouble for Highly Skilled Workers to Obtain Sponsored Employment Visas

Another week and another blow to legitimate immigration policies by the Trump Administration. As part of its consistent pursuit to for continue with the agenda to not only reduce illegal immigration but also eliminate legitimate possibilities for high skilled workers to be employed in the United States.

On April 4, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) delivered a letter to Senator Charles Grassley who serves as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman. In the letter USCIS Director Francis Cissna set forth a list of specific points to hinder the possibility for highly skilled workers to obtain sponsored employment visas in the United States.  The letter leaves no doubt, that the present administration is full force attacking one of the best assets this nation of immigrants has- highly-skilled, qualified workers.  Let’s take a look at what actions USCIS will take to ensure this country will have a less competitive labor market.

  • Ending the days of the International Entrepreneur Rule. The International Entrepreneur Rule is a USCIS regulation to increase the presence of foreign entrepreneurship in the U.S. The purpose of this initiative was to allow qualified foreign entrepreneurs temporary parole to the U.S. in order to build and scale their businesses. Although this rule was announced by the previous administration, it has yet to produce the intended results because of a significant judicial delay. Now, before one grant of parole can be granted the program is seeing its last days. The Trump administration is working to promulgate a rule to completely remove the IER.
  • Revising the definition of Specialty Occupation to reduce the amount of beneficiaries that can qualify for H-1B visas. USCIS is seeking to redefine the term specialty occupation as it is used to describe a position for purposes of obtaining an H-1B visa. USCIS alleges it wants to make the definition more in line with  “INA§ 214(i), to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B program, and to revise the definition of employment and employer-employee relationship to better protect U.S. workers and wages,” according to the letter.
  • Eliminate the possibility of dependent spouses from obtaining employment authorization documents. In the previous administration dependent spouses were permitted to obtain employment authorization under certain conditions, but that did not last long. The current administration intends to eliminate dependent spouses employment authorization to not only reduce the number of immigrant workers but to also make it harder for immigrant families to have a second source of income by way of the dependent spouse.
  • Ending the days of the International Entrepreneur Rule. The International Entrepreneur Rule is a USCIS regulation to increase the presence of foreign entrepreneurship in the U.S. The purpose of this initiative was to allow qualified foreign entrepreneurs temporary parole to the U.S. in order to build and scale their businesses. Although this rule was announced by the previous administration, it has yet to produce the intended results because of a significant judicial delay. Now, before one grant of parole has been granted the program is seeing its last days. The Trump administration is working to promulgate a rule to completely remove the IER.

Read the USCIS Letter to Grassley

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