Contributed by Melanie Corrin, Partner
The President’s announcement regarding Executive Action on immigration Thursday, November 20, 2014 did not only reach some individuals who are in the United States without documentation, it also addresses needs in other areas of immigration that can be evaluated and bettered for our nation’s businesses.
In the coming months the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) will be tasked with working with the United States Department of State to develop a method to allocate immigrant visas to ensure that all immigrant visas authorized by Congress are issued to eligible individuals when there is sufficient demand for such visas. This includes all Employment Based categories. Additionally, USCIS will work with the Department of State to modify the Visa Bulletin system to more simply and reliably make determinations of visa availability.
Additionally, USCIS has been tasked with providing clarity on adjustment portability to remove unnecessary restrictions on natural career progression and general job mobility to provide relief to workers facing lengthy adjustment delays. Given that some individuals are waiting seven years before they are adjustment eligible, the current system stymies career development and employer’s ability to promote based on archaic reading of immigration laws and regulations.
Other Steps the Executive Action Seeks to Take:
Please contact Joseph & Hall P.C. if you have any questions about the above information, we look forward to working with you.
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