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Second Anniversary of the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order

May 8, 2019

 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) highlights changes that have impacted business immigration since the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order was signed in April 2017. In the last two years, USCIS has issued four Policy Memorandums related to various business immigration processes and requirements including: fees that certain H-1B Petitioners must pay to help train U.S. workers, extensions being adjudicated with the same level of scrutiny as initial petitions, rules for H-1B workers at third-party client sites, and clarifying proxy votes in establishing corporate control of a company for the L-1 visa. Additionally, USCIS has made changes to the H-1B cap selection, with the intention of increasing selection for applicants with a master’s degree or higher. USCIS is also working to increase fraud detection, prevention, and transparency with employment-based visa programs by creating fraud reporting tip hotline and websites to provide additional information to the public.