On January 17, 2017, new rules and regulations concerning
employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs will go into effect. These final rulings
will impact immigrants and employers alike. Our
Philadelphia immigration lawyer explains what you should understand about the upcoming changes!
Changes will be made to regulations regarding:
- Job portability by maintaining a Form I-140 petition’s validity under
situations like the termination of an employer’s business or an
employer’s withdrawal of the approved petition.
- Expanding and clarifying when an individual can keep his or her priority
date when applying to adjust their status to a permanent resident lawfully.
- The USCIS’ consistency in adjunction to the Department of Homeland
Security’s policies and practices regarding the American Competitiveness
and Workforce Improvement Act and the American Competitiveness in the
Twenty-First Century Act.
- Employment-based immigration visa petitions, in an effort to provide stability,
job flexibility, and further career opportunities, such as switching employers
or changing job positions.
- Allow certain nonimmigrant individuals with high-skills to apply for employment
authorization within a period of time if they are the principal beneficiary
of the Form I-140 petition, an immigrant visa is not authorized during
their priority date, and they offer reasons that justify employment authorization
to be offered by the DHS in its place.
Depending on the situation, some employment authorization can only be renewed
in limited circumstances and only in one-year increments. You can learn
more about these updated immigration regulations on the
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services site.
If you or your loved one needs legal assistance with an immigration-based matter,
contact the Law Office of Matthew Archambeault today. Our Philadelphia immigration attorney is highly-experienced and
qualified to help you pursue the American dream.
You can reach our office at (215) 649-7535 or by filling out one of the
online contact forms.