OnlineVisas CEO and Lead Attorney of Velie Law Firm, Jon Velie, summarizes the six major changes in U.S. immigration that have occurred so far in 2020, and reveals the multiple ways it is still possible to file H-1B visas after President Trump’s H-1B ban.
Right now we are experiencing the toughest immigration environment for at least a generation. Despite the present challenges, employers still have several viable options that can enable them to continue to bring the qualified workers they need into the United States.
Immigration Attorney Jon Velie breaks down ALL the exemptions, waivers, special cases, and other loopholes that can still help you to get H-1B visas, and certain alternatives, approved.
Make sure you watch the full video (58 minutes) to get full details on your options that do not fall under the ban, which include…
- Applications from inside the United States, including changes of status.
- H-1B visa extensions.
- H-1B visa amendments.
- Exceptions, including for positions that are critical to defense, law enforcement, diplomacy, or certain roles in the interests of national security.
- Nurses, physicians, and medical researchers dealing with COVID-19.
- “National interest” (a broad category, see video for details).
- Temporary labor for the U.S. food supply chain.
- Positions “necessary to facilitate the immediate and continued economic recovery of the United States” (another flexible option).
- Citizens of treaty countries including Chile, Singapore, and Australia.
- TN (NAFTA treaty) for citizens of Canada and Mexico.
Jon also highlights the impact of other key events that affect the processing of H-1B visas, including the ITServe Alliance case against USCIS and the resulting memo (“Itineraries and Contracts Memorandum“), which affected I.T. staffing companies in particular. Jon analyzes in depth the key points of the recent USCIS changes, including the “employer-employee relationship”.
If you have questions about what options could still be available to you after the H-1B ban, please don’t hesitate to contact OnlineVisas. We will be happy to help, starting with setting up a free strategy session with Jon or one of our immigration attorneys.