Bloomberg Law
Aug. 17, 2017, 2:18 PM

Scoring a High-Skill Visa Just Got a Little Bit Harder

Laura D. Francis
Laura D. Francis

There haven’t been any regulations or new policies issued in response to the president’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order, but there are signs it’s being implemented through back-door channels.

The order requires the federal agencies in charge of immigration to ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the “most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.” The temporary visas, which are reserved for “specialty occupations,” currently are awarded according to a random lottery.

But some immigration attorneys are noticing a shift in how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services responds to H-1B petitions.

The USCIS is issuing “exponentially more” requests for evidence ...

Learn more about Bloomberg Law or Log In to keep reading:

Learn About Bloomberg Law

AI-powered legal analytics, workflow tools and premium legal & business news.

Already a subscriber?

Log in to keep reading or access research tools.