Immigration Alert: Changes Affecting Employment-Based Immigration

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On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled, “Buy American and Hire American.” The stated purpose of this Executive Order is to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers, and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering the immigration laws. President Trump directed the secretaries of state, labor, and homeland security, as well as the attorney general, to propose new rules and issue new guidance to implement the Executive Order. The H-1B visa program was specifically identified as requiring reform, to ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries.

Since the issuance of the Executive Order, the following changes have occurred impacting employers:

What can employers expect next? The Department of Homeland Security has identified the following items on its regulatory agenda:

If you have any questions regarding the potential changes affecting employment-based immigration, we encourage you to contact your Vorys attorney.