Job Flexibility Rule for Immigrant Workers Finalized

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that will effect skilled foreign workers in the United States. The final rule provides benefits to certain employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa programs. These benefits include: improved processes and increased certainty for U.S. employers seeking to sponsor and retain immigrant and non-immigrant workers; greater stability and job flexibility for those workers; and increased transparency and consistency in the application of DHS policy related to affected classifications. DHS states that the rule will “improv[e] the ability of U.S. employers to hire and retain high-skilled workers.” Many improvements have been made to the H-1B visa status, which is the most commonly used status by U.S. employers to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations temporarily. The rule provides for longer H-1B status extensions, and allows non-immigrants to change jobs or employers – with grace periods given for certain visa classifications. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on November 18, 2016 and will take effect on January 17, 2017 – just before President Obama will leave office. WATCH THIS BLOG FOR MORE DETAIL TO COME ON THIS NEW RULE.

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The global economy has become increasingly transactional and transcontinental. Since 9/11, there have been many amendments to immigration laws in the United States that have largely affected both individuals and businesses. Cozen O'Connor's immigration law blog, ABC's of Immigration Law, focuses on the interests and the challenges faced by those individuals and business impacted by immigration laws.
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