House Members Comment on H-1B Visa Restrictions

Members of the House of Representatives comment on the Provisional Final Rule

The latest move by the Trump administration on business immigration

On October 6, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that an Interim Final Rule will be published in the Federal Register, which would increase restrictions on the H-1B Visa program in order to protect American workers during the health crisis.

This business immigration program offers job opportunities to highly qualified foreigners, usually professionals from sectors such as science, research and technology.

Broadly speaking, the new rules include redefining the term “specialty occupation” to narrow professions that fall within the eligibility parameters, preventing local companies from offering lower wages to foreign workers and increasing inspections by DHS.

If you want to know more details about this news: The Trump Administration to Increase Limits for H-1B Visas

The health crisis and business immigration

This is not the first time the Trump administration has tried to reduce business immigration. In fact, in June 2020, the president signed a proclamation stating that the issuance of most work visas would be suspended until the end of the year. Regarding this presidential order, several restrictions have been lifted in recent weeks.

The current administration of the US has received countless criticisms and faces multiple legal processes simultaneously for trying to curb business immigration, which, in the opinion of dozens of critics and activists, greatly benefits the local economic system.

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Members of the House of Representatives comment on the Provisional Final Rule

Judiciary Committee Chairman and Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chair, two members of the US House of Representatives, commented on the latest move by the Trump administration on the business immigration sector.

On the one hand, Chairman Nadler (judiciary committee) stated that the current administration is not following guidelines of the Administrative Procedure Act when modifying the comment and notice times. He says that, with less than 30 days before the presidential elections, “This is clearly an attempt to score last minute political points.”

On the other hand, Chairwoman Lofgren (immigration and citizenship subcommittee) stated that she expects local courts to intervene, as has happened with many other policies of the current administration, which she classified as “unlawful.” Adding to that, Lofgren argues that “changes this substantial must not be rushed through without adequate input from the public (…) and the Administration has admitted that the new DHS rule will affect more than one-third of H-1B petitions that have been lawfully filed and approved for decades”

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