Market research analysts now qualify for H-1B visas

Published: 09/21/2021

Source: The Economic Times

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will now recognise 'market research analysts' as a specialty occupation eligible for H-1B visas.

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The immigration agency reached a settlement in a class action suit filed last year to stop it from issuing blanket visa denials for market research analyst positions.

The lawsuit — filed in federal court in the Northern District of California by the American Immigration Council, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, along with law firms Van Der Hout LLP, Joseph & Hall PC, and Kuck Baxter Immigration LLC — seeks to rein in the unlawful adjudication practice the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses in determining whether a market research analyst job qualifies as a “specialty occupation.”

The lawsuit also pointed to the agency's misinterpretation of the Occupational Outlook Handbook—a publication of the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics that profiles hundreds of occupations in the United States' job market, according to a statement.

The H-1B visa is a work permit that allows foreign workers to go to the United States and work for American companies. The foreigner must specifically work in a field that requires specialised knowledge, for which the employer cannot find a US-based worker.

Source: The Economic Times

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