The media reported late January 8th that the Trump Administration, admidst strong pressure from the business and technology sectors, decided to back away from its proposal to remove the ability of Foreign Nationals to extend H-1B status past the six year limit. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) confirmed that it is still conducting a through review of the legal employment programs for Foreign Nationals, but that it is no longer pursuing the idea to eliminate the ability for certain Foreign Nationals in the green card process to extend H-1B status past the six year limit, on which SPS previously blogged.
The H-1B classification has become increasingly more difficult and prolonged as evidenced through high levels of Requests for Evidence (“RFE”) compared to prior years. If you have questions about the administrative changes happening to the H-1B program, please contact SPS Immigration.