The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made an unannounced shift in how it will process subsequent L-1 petitions (i.e. renewals and extensions) along the U.S. / Canadian border.
As of Friday, April 5, 2019, USCIS received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions in order to meet the 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2020.
CEO members of the Business Roundtable sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging the agency to cease making changes that “inflict substantial harm on U.S. competitiveness.”
In the past 18 months, the Trump Administration has issued a series of policy memoranda that are quietly changing the landscape of employment-based immigration, and not for the better. Seemingly every time advocates and immigration counsel adjust their practices and create new strategies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) publishes another news release describing another obstacle in the adjudication of immigration petitions filed by U.S. employers on behalf of their foreign workers.
Recent reports indicate that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) is considering limiting the ability of H-1B workers who are in the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) process to obtain extensions of their H-1B time beyond the six-year durational limit. Even though DHS has taken no definitive action to date, the immigration bar is actively preparing a strong court challenge to any change to the law, policy, or regulations that govern H-1B extensions in this context.