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H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act

On January 20, 2017, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) reintroduced their H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act. Currently, the Trump administration is circulating a draft executive order targeting employment-based immigration. As the draft order mostly contains vague directions regarding numerous visa programs, the proposed bill serves as an indicator of where the H-1B and L-1 visa programs could potentially be headed under the current administration.

Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs

During President Trump's first two weeks in office, he signed numerous executive orders, including several controversial immigration-related orders. More changes are potentially on the way, as the administration is now circulating drafts of several more immigration-related orders. One such draft order, entitled "Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs," includes a number of provisions that could potentially restrict employment-based immigration.

Finally, EADs for H-4s

The USCIS announced today that on May 26, 2015, it will begin accepting applications for employment authorization documents (EAD) from certain H-4 spouses. This regulation amendment will apply to spouses of H-1B workers (1) whose I-140 immigrant petitions have been approved, or (2) who have had their H-1B status extended because their labor certifications (PERMs) or I-140 petitions have been pending for over 365 days, pursuant to American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act (AC21). The filing fee for the I-765 form will be $380. The agency expects as high as 179,600 applications in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years.

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