Final Rule for Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs - Eff. Jan. 17

January 24, 2017

On November 18, 2016, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule aimed at improving several aspects of certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. This rule codifies longstanding Immigration Agency policies and practices established as a result of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 and the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000.

While the new House of Representatives has proposed a law which would repeal many of President Obama’s recent regulations, the Senate, at this time, does not appear willing to pass a similar law.

This final rule went into effect on January 17, 2017 and is not retroactive; it only applies moving forward. 

Here is a summary of the major areas impacted by this final rule.

Submitted by Michael Nowlin, Co-Leader Immigration Practice Group, Clark Hill.

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