Spring Regulatory Agenda Re-Confirms Trumps Plans for Reform of H-4 EADs, H-1Bs, and OPT

Published: 05/10/2018

Source: http://bit.ly/2jO64fr

The Spring Regulatory Agenda of the Trump Administration was recently published and re-confirms the earlier announced plans for reform, but with updated timelines.

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Be aware that no changes are happening TODAY. These are just expected proposals for change that could happen in the future.

Here are the major proposals in the pipeline:
  • DHS plans a proposal to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorization (in other words, they plan to propose a new regulation to undo the H-4 EAD regulation). Expect a proposed rule in JUNE 2018.  YOU CAN CONTINUE TO FILE H-4 EADs!
  • DHS plans to propose to establish an electronic registration program for cap-subject H-1B filings. This action is being considered because the demand for H-1B specialty occupation workers by U.S. companies has often exceeded the numerical limitation. (Proposal may be announced in JULY 2018, may attempt to get this in place for April 2019 filings)
  • DHS plans to propose a revision to the definition of specialty occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B program, and revision of the definition of employment and employer-employee relationship to better protect U.S. workers and wages. Look for this proposal in JANUARY 2019 (unlikely to be in effect by April 2019).
  • ICE plans to propose a rule to improve protections of U.S. workers who may be negatively impacted by employment of nonimmigrant students on F and M visas. The rule is planned to be a comprehensive reform of practical training options intended to reduce fraud and abuse. Expect a proposal in OCTOBER 2018.
  • Also expect another fee increase to be announced in OCTOBER 2018.

Source: http://bit.ly/2jO64fr

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