White House to review changes in Trump’s H1-B visa rules



When President Donald Trump announced his new visa rules on June, it revealed that only highly paid employees will be processed.

Although it was passed to secure the best interest of the country, it caused a lot of confusion on what these ‘highly paid employees’ meant.

Now, a proposed rule is all set to amend which jobs qualify for high-skilled H-1B visas, and how U.S, Citizenship and Immigration Services will define an employment relationship.

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) submitted the regulation to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, according to an online posting.

Review by the White House regulatory office is typically the last step before a federal agency releases a regulation to the public for comments.

The proposal, which has appeared in each of the Trump administration’s regulatory agendas since fall 2017, aims to revise the definition of what is considered an H-1B visa specialty occupation and the definition of an employer-employee relationship within the program.

The goal of the revisions to the visa program is to create a merit-based system for non-immigrant workers, prioritizing visas for individuals who have been offered the highest wages, senior administration officials said on a call with reporters in June.

The proposed changes will “increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B program” and “better protect U.S. workers and wages,” according to a description of the rule.

The proposed rule also would add requirements designed to ensure employers pay appropriate wages to H-1B visa holders.

The Department of Homeland Security submitted an additional proposal for White House review Thursday.

According to its description in the Spring 2020 regulatory agenda, the agency is proposing to eliminate eligibility for employment authorization for certain individuals who have final orders of removal but are temporarily released from custody on an order of supervision with limited exceptions.

DHS said it will also make other proposals to the eligibility and factors the agency will consider when adjudicating discretionary work authorization applications filed by people who have been convicted of an aggravated felony or who have committed violent or dangerous crimes.