The Trump administration recently announced its spring 2019 regulatory agenda.
On the list for the Department of Homeland Security are proposals (not final yet), among others, to:
- Revise the definition of “specialty occupation” to “increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest” foreign nationals via the H-1B program, revise the definition of “employment” and “employer-employee relationship” to “better protect U.S. workers and wages,” and add requirements to “ensure employers pay appropriate wages to H-1B visa holders”
- Increase monitoring and oversight of the EB-5 program and encourage investment in rural areas, including soliciting feedback on proposals for redefining components of the job creation requirement and defining conditions for regional center designations and operations
- Remove employment eligibility for H-4 spouses of H-1B workers
- Withdraw a regulatory provision stating that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services must grant or deny an asylum applicant’s application for employment authorization within 30 days
- “Promote greater accountability in the application process for requesting employment authorization and…deter the fraudulent filing of asylum applications for the purpose of obtaining Employment Authorization Documents”
- Raise fees for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program