If you thought that the present administration was only going after the “bad hombres”, keep reading.
EB Adjustment Interviews
On August 28, 2017, the USCIS announced that starting October 1, they will start interviewing certain applicants for adjustment of status through employment (as well as beneficiaries of refugee and asylee relative petitions).
This used to be a routine practice when I worked for the INS in the 1970s and 1980s, but it fell by the wayside as the USCIS workload increased.
Employers and employees alike can expect that there will be more requests for evidence, investigations and denials.
Cutting Back on J Visas
The J exchange visitor program currently provides opportunities for around 300,000 foreign visitors from over 200 countries and territories per year "to experience U.S. society and culture and engage with Americans" according to the State Department.
The Administration is considering significant cuts to the J program.
Critics of the program contend that it allows companies to hire young people from foreign countries at low salaries to work as interns and au pairs thereby depriving American workers of job opportunities.
Supporters of the program worry that the cuts will be devastating to the hospitality and tourism industry.
Reducing the Number of Green Cards by 50%
On August 2, 2017, President Trump endorsed the RAISE Act which would reduce legal immigration to the U.S. by 50% over the next decade.
Gone would be the family-based categories for sponsoring parents, siblings and adult sons and daughters. Persons who have waited in line for green cards for years or even decades would no longer be eligible to immigrate to the U.S.
The number of high-skilled immigrants would not be increased. A "points system" would allow potential immigrants to apply directly to the federal government which will decide who should receive green cards. Employer sponsorship will become a thing of the past. Former President Ronald Reagan must be turning over in his grave.
Because there is significant opposition from certain Republican Senators as well as from most Democrats, it is unlikely that the RAISE Act will become law anytime soon. However, the President's endorsement of the bill has framed the debate over how to modify our current legal immigration system.
DACA - Will the President End the Program?
Earlier this summer, 10 GOP State Attorney Generals wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to sue the Federal Government unless President Trump stopped giving benefits to the 800,000 kids who are able to work lawfully in the U.S. because of DACA. The letter sets a September 5th deadline.
Trump had originally promised to end DACA on day one of his Presidency. He later changed his mind and decided to continue this program. However, Attorney General Sessions, always an opponent of DACA, has advised the President to end the program.
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