Trump administration to impose new rules targeting H-1B visas

Trump administration to impose new rules targeting H-1B visas

Why The H1B Visa Program Needs An Overhaul

The Trump administration will issue two rules Tuesday that will overhaul the H-1B specialty occupation visa program, including by raising the minimum salary levels for foreign employees and narrowing the program’s eligibility criteria.

The updated regulations redefine “specialty occupations,” limit the validity of an H-1B visa to one year for a worker placed at a third-party worksite, and increase enforcement tools to police companies that do not abide by H-1B rules or cooperate with site visits.

At the same time, a new Department of Labor rule is slated to go into effect requiring employers to increase what they pay H-1B recipients in an effort to discourage companies from undercutting American workers.

The rules, which will go into effect in 60 days, may be challenged in court.

 

Source: LAW360 & The Hill