The Department of Homeland Security’s Spring regulatory agenda released this month indicates that the Trump administration will continue to pursue plans to reform the H-1B annual allotment process, revise H-1B eligibility and wage protections, terminate H-4 work authorization, overhaul the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and review the activities that are allowed on B-1 and B-2 visas.
The agenda reinforces the goals the administration outlined in its December regulatory agenda and in an April 4 letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna, to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. Here are some of the key points:
BAL Analysis: The regulatory agenda reiterates the administration’s regulatory and policy priorities as previously outlined. The regulatory changes will not take place immediately—it usually takes a minimum of three months after a proposed regulation is issued before a final rule is published. When an agency publishes a proposed rule, members of the public are given the opportunity to submit formal comments to the government. Typically, a regulation does not become effective immediately and has a 30-day delayed effective date.
Employers are encouraged to work with BAL to plan for the changes, as well as to participate in the public comment period to help influence the direction of any new regulations. BAL will continue to provide clients with information on these and other regulatory and policy changes as it becomes available.
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