USCIS Proposed Rule on Enhancing Opportunities for High-Skilled Professionals

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed to update the regulations to include nonimmigrant high-skilled specialty occupation professionals from the nations of Chile and Singapore (H-1B1) and from Australia (e-3) in the list of classes of individuals authorized for employment incident to status with a specific employer, to clarify that H-1B1 and principal E-3 nonimmigrants are allowed to work without having to separately apply to DHS for work authorization.

Homeland Security is also proposing to provide authorization for continued employment with the same employer if that employer has timely-filed for an extension of the nonimmigrant’s stay. In addition, DHS is proposing to update the regulations describing the filing procedures for extension of stay and change of status requests to include the principal E-3 and H-1B1 nonimmigrant classifications.

These are only proposed changes from the Department of Homeland Security and it has not yet been decided when these proposed rules could go into effect. For more information on these proposed rules, contact our Los Angeles based immigration attorney now.

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