Federal Judge Blocked 2 Trump Administration’s Rules To Curtail H-1B Visas For Highly Skilled Workers
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Summary of the Court Order that cancelled recent #H1BVisa Rules, in the video “Court Order Cancels H1 Rules on Wage Levels Changes, 1 Year Approvals by DHS, DOL“, below:
A federal judge took down two Trump administration rules meant to curtail the number of visas issued to skilled foreign workers on December 1. In October, the changes were applied to the H1-B visa program. The changes imposed salary requirements on companies employing skilled overseas workers and restricted specialty occupations. Department of Homeland Security officials prioritized the changes citing coronavirus-related job losses. It had been estimated that one-third of those who have applied for H1-B visas in recent years would be denied under the new rules. However, the US District judge said that the contention that these changes were an emergency response to the pandemic did not hold water as the Trump administration had been floating the idea for quite some time, in the video “Federal judge throws out Trump rules limiting H-1B visas“, below:
On Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, a federal judge struck down two of the Trump administration’s H-1B rules aimed at further reducing the number of visas issued to highly-skilled foreign workers. The changes to the H-1B program announced in October artificially inflated the prevailing wage for H-1B visas and narrowed the definition of ‘specialty occupation’. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prioritized H-1B restrictions because of job loss related to coronavirus. DHS estimated that one-third of H-1B applicants in recent years would be denied visas under the new H-1B rules. The prevailing wage rule, proposed by the Department of Labor (DOL), was implemented in October, while the DHS rule for specialty occupation and limited validity of H-1B visas for third-party firms was to take effect Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. Just days before significant restrictions on H-1B visas went into effect, U.S. District Judge Jeffery White declared that USCIS and DOL regulations failed to follow transparency procedures. The Interim Final Rule was not, in fact, an emergency response to COVID-19 job losses because the Trump administration circulated the idea well before publishing the rule in October. The Chamber of Commerce said in a statement that the ruling “has many companies across various industries breathing a huge sigh of relief,” as the H-1B visa changes have “the potential to be incredibly disruptive to the operations of many businesses.” in the video “LATEST H-1B NEWA! Judge throws out Trump Administration’s Interim Final Rule restricting H-1B visas!” below:
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