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President-elect Trump’s early nominations signal a likely shift in high-skilled immigration policy, with an emphasis on compliance and an increased need to compete against other countries to fill skills gaps. An article in the Mercury News yesterday analyzes the recent cabinet-level nominations and what they could mean for U.S. employers that hire foreign workers. Regarding Trump’s as yet unconfirmed pick for attorney general Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), BAL Partner Lynden Melmed is quoted as saying that, “the margin of error for companies is going to be narrower” and “the stakes will be higher.” BAL has also released a white paper that provides additional insight on how a Trump administration may approach enforcement and policy development for H-1B, L-1 and other visa categories relied upon by U.S. employers.
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