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Court Strikes Down Trump H-1B Lottery Rule; Wolf Not Lawfully Appointed
Posted on 16 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chamber of Commerce v. DHS, Sept. 15, 2021 "DHS confirmed at the hearing that Secretary Mayorkas has not ratified the Final Rule. Because Mr. Wolf was not lawfully appointed as Acting Secretary at the time the Final Rule was approved, the Court... Read More

Tags: mayorkas , wolf , H-1B , Trump , DHS

Expert: DHS' Defense of Trump H-1B Rule May Generate Litigation (Law360)
Posted on 3 Aug 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jennifer Doherty, Law360, Aug. 2, 2021 "DHS' recent defense of another Trump administration rule, modifying the H-1B visa program for highly skilled workers to prioritize applicants with more lucrative job offers in the U.S., also caught [Cornell... Read More

Tags: Biden , H-1B , Trump , DHS , expert , yale-loehr

Experts: Trump's Extension of Visa Ban a "Time Bomb" and a "Mistake"
Posted on 3 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lubna Kably, Shilpa Phadnis, TNN, Jan. 2, 2021 "The outgoing US president Donald Trump has extended the ban on H-1B and L-1 work visas through March ... [Cyrus] Mehta said Trump deliberately planted this time bomb for Biden, knowing that it would... Read More

Expert: Latest Trump Immigration Order Seems Innocuous, But...
Posted on 7 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Shilpa Phadnis, TNN, Aug. 5, 2020 "IT industry body Nasscom said U.S. President Donald Trump's new executive order preventing federal agencies from contracting work to H-1B visa holders is based on misperceptions and misinformation. The executive... Read More

White House: Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers
Posted on 3 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

White House, Aug. 3, 2020 Executive Order on Aligning Federal Contracting and Hiring Practices With the Interests of American Workers "By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America... Read More

Litigating Against the 'Invisible Wall'
Posted on 2 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Senior Data Journalist Sinduja Rangarajan has three must-read posts: How I Tracked an Explosion in Lawsuits Against Trump’s Immigration Policies - Mother Jones, Dec. 2, 2019 Building a Wall Out of Red Tape - Reveal, Nov. 30, 2019 Trump Has... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Trump Can Provide a Potential Path to Citizenship for H-1B Visa Holders
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Jan. 14, 2019 "On Friday, January 11, 2019, many were intrigued by President Trump’s tweet assuring H-1B visas that they should expect a potential path to citizenship. This is what he tweeted : “H1-B holders in the United... Read More

Tags: tweets , mehta , H-1B , Trump

Expert: Focus on USCIS H-1B Policy, Not Trump's Tweets
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Expert: USCIS Crackdown on H-1B Visas 'Ultimately Hurts U.S. Workers'
Posted on 16 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ethan Baron, Bay Area News Group, Aug. 16, 2018 - "A crackdown on the controversial H-1B visa intended for skilled workers has struck Indian citizens harder than other foreign nationals, with federal officials hitting them with more visa denials... Read More

Expert: USCIS, Under Trump, Makes H-1B Visas Harder to Get
Posted on 26 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Shilpa Phadnisi, Times of India, Dec. 25, 2017 - "In further bad news for Indian professionals looking to work in the US, the Department of Homeland Security is readying a proposal that will make getting an H-1B tougher. It is looking to impose stringent... Read More

Cyrus D. Mehta: Stopping H-1B Carnage
Posted on 23 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Oct. 23, 2017 - "In his inaugural address, President Trump pledged to end what he referred to as “American carnage,” depicting the United States bleakly—as a “land of abandoned factories, economic angst, rising... Read More

DHS Weighs Major Change to H-1B Visa Program
Posted on 31 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

FRANCO ORDOÑEZ, McClatchy DC, Dec. 30, 2017 - "The Department of Homeland Security is considering new regulations that would prevent H-1B visa extensions, according to two U.S. sources briefed on the proposal. The measure potentially could... Read More

Trump Administration Tightens Scrutiny of Skilled Worker Visa Applicants
Posted on 20 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 19, 2017 - "The Trump administration is adding hurdles and increasing scrutiny in the employment-visa application process, making it harder for businesses to hire foreign workers, and companies and immigration... Read More

Tags: visas , H-1B , Trump , USCIS

H-1B RFE Rate Skyrockets Under Trump - Reuters
Posted on 21 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Yeganeh Torbati, Reuters, Sept. 19, 2017 - "The Trump administration is making it more difficult for skilled foreigners to work in the United States, challenging visa applications more often than at nearly any point in the Obama era, according to... Read More

Tags: rfe , H-1B , Trump

Official FR Version of "Hire American" EO, with Anticlimactic H-1B Suggestions
Posted on 21 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 76 / Friday, April 21, 2017 - "Sec. 5. Ensuring the Integrity of the Immigration System in Order to ‘‘Hire American.’’ (a) In order to advance the policy outlined in section 2(b)of this order... Read More