I just filed my H-1B application. What are the next steps in the H-1B process? Some things to know about the new H-1B work visa rule.
PART II – What is the new H-1B rule?
In an effort to reform and revamp certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enacted new regulations effective January 17, 2017. These changes, typically referred to as AC21, seek to provide greater worker protections and improve the functioning of the agency in adjudicating these employment-based visa programs.
If you just filed your H-1B visa application, you’re probably wondering what to expect and how the new law affects you as an H-1B applicant. This post summarizes the H-1B process and how the new law can help immigrant workers. Read Part I of this article, What is the H-1B Process? here.
What is the new law and how can it help immigrant workers?
The new law aims to provide more protections for both foreign & U.S. workers and streamline the application and adjudication processes. This includes increasing job portability, stability and flexibility for foreign workers, as well as providing additional transparency and consistency in the implementation of the policies and practices in the H-1B program.
These policies include:
The process can be complicated and depending on your situation, could be document-intensive and require working with a lawyer to discuss an overall immigration strategy. Contact us to discuss the appropriate immigration strategy for your case.
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