USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. The proposed rules were discussed in an earlier blog post.
USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa (green card) petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. This rule goes into effect on Jan. 17, 2017.
DHS states that the amended regulations should:
Specifically, the regulations provide for the following.
Employment Authorization Documents (EADs)
Permanent Residence Applicants
There is a lot of information in the new rules, so please contact Elaine Martin if you have any questions about how these affect you or your employees.
USCIS Press Release
Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.