2017 Immigration Policies: Here’s What You Need to Know

October 27, 2017 Chelsea Iversen

This year has been a whirlwind of immigration changes. Are you up to date with the all the 2017 immigration policies and initiatives?

If not, you could be in danger of noncompliance. And in the era of the increased scrutiny that we’re in, the consequences could be more dire than in the past. We sat down with Ian Love, an attorney from Global Immigration Associates (a law firm affiliated with Envoy), who has built and submitted hundreds of nonimmigrant and immigrant work visa petitions, to chat about it all.

And he walked us through what’s changed this year, answering some of our most pressing questions: What do businesses need to know about everything that’s happened in 2017 immigration policies? What is the state of immigration in America now? Here are just a few of the topics he covered in the on-demand webinar, Current State of Immigration: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.

Trump’s Travel Ban

Do you know where the U.S. stands with the travel ban today? Since the start of the year, up until only a week ago, there have been executive orders, restraining orders and court injunctions – all going back and forth on the travel ban. In the webinar, Ian covers a timeline of the 2017 immigration policies, executive orders and rulings surrounding Trump’s travel ban.

The most current version of the travel ban would keep workers and other immigrants coming from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from obtaining visas and now includes immigrants from Chad, North Korea, Iraq and Venezuela. And, it increases scrutiny on visa petitioners, including those already in the U.S. who are simply filing for a change of status. Following up on the original travel ban executive order, USCIS upped the number of in-person interviews this year required for visa applicants. Now, adjustment of status and refugee petitions are included in the visa changes that call for interviews.

Buy American, Hire American

The executive order, Buy American, Hire American, signed by Trump in April, is more a data collection tool than a policy change. The impact, however, has led to a number of initiatives, carried out by USCIS, to focus on prioritizing American jobs over others. That means the agency has started to keep a closer eye on petitioning companies and beneficiaries.

H-1B holders and sponsors have had an especially tough time of it this year thanks to these initiatives. A popular visa for lots of tech workers, a sector that’s seeing an unprecedented skills gap in the U.S., the H-1B now comes with enhanced scrutiny, increased site visits and even the widespread publication of company information by USCIS. The impact of Buy American, Hire American initiatives has even led to an increase in RFEs (requests for evidence) for H-1B cases.

For even more updates on proposed immigration policies (and what you can do to stay safe), watch the on-demand webinar here.

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