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DHS Considering Removing H-1B Visa Extensions

Thousands of foreign workers in the U.S. could potentially lose the option of filing for extensions for their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending due to proposed changes to H-1B regulations by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Currently, the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act allows a H-1B holder to extend their legal status in the U.S. beyond the two consecutive three-year periods while their green card application is being processed. This is in line with President Trump’s policy of “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order. DHS officials are reportedly in the pre-planning stages of removing the said extension option as well as removing work eligibility for spouses of H-1B visa holders. In addition, the Trump Administration is exploring the possibility of making changes to giving H-1B visas to only highly educated and skilled workers.

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