Employers Seeking Top Overseas Talent May Feel Squeeze

April 3, 2017, 6:13 PM

The agency responsible for approving or denying high-skill temporary visas issued two new policies that appear to restrict the program, just when employers have gotten their petitions together this year.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services late March 31 issued a policy memorandum stating that computer programmer positions aren’t always considered “specialty occupations” that warrant an H-1B visa.

The memo “affirms what’s already been happening” when employers seek H-1B visas for computer programmers, immigration attorney Cyrus Mehta of Cyrus Mehta & Partners in New York told Bloomberg BNA April 3. While it’s not surprising, the memo gives USCIS adjudicators more “ammunition” ...

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