Immigration Law

Expert: Focus on USCIS H-1B Policy, Not Trump's Tweets

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Jan. 14, 2019 - "On January 11, 2019, Donald Trump surprised the business and policy community by announcing via Twitter that positive “changes are coming soon” for H-1B visa holders. What does this announcement mean for H-1B professionals and their employers?

“H-1B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship,” tweeted Trump. “We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.”

Attorneys were quick to point out legal problems with the tweet. ... Stephen Yale-Loehr, a Cornell Law School professor and an advisor to the National Foundation for American Policy, told me in an interview that sometimes people can read too much into Donald Trump's tweets and statements. He advised people to focus instead on concrete policy actions. “This tweet runs counter to what the administration has actually done against H-1B workers,” he noted. “Ever since the President issued his ‘Buy American and Hire American’ executive order in April 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made it harder for employers to hire H-1B workers and to keep them.” "