The Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL), of which Miller Mayer is a member, released 12 recommendations to reform business immigration in the early days of the incoming Biden administration. The recommendations include:

  • Restoring the customer-service ethos and recognition of our heritage as a nation of immigrants in the USCIS mission statement;
  • Eliminating racial and national-origin profiling in immigration cases;
  • Rescinding the three H-1B regulations (DOL wages, specialty occupation, and lottery registration selection) published this fall;
  • Directing USCIS and the State Department to reinstate and exercise freely their respective authority to waive the interview requirement for employment-based applicants for adjustment of status or nonimmigrant visa reissuance;
  • Rescinding recently revised policies on the use of discretion in adjudications;
  • Returning to the prior 90-day adjudicatory timeframe and automatic 180-day extensions for timely filed work authorization applications;
  • Stopping counting derivatives separately under the family and employment-based green card preferences;
  • Taking USCIS out of investigations and limiting its role to adjudicating requests for immigration benefits;
  • Promoting entrepreneurial immigration;
  • Rapidly advancing “Dates for Filing” (DFF) cutoffs in the Visa Bulletin to maximize the number of I-485 adjustment applications;
  • Using the DFF to freeze the age of children under the Child Status Protection Act; and
  • Paroling into the United States beneficiaries of approved green card petitions who are waiting overseas. [added a period]

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