As we move towards the end of the year 2017 to a new beginning, there will be thresholds that we need to prepare for. There will be big changes and perhaps an intentional change that one will create. Given that we all have to consider a lot of things in life, focusing and planning will help one to answer the question, “What is my top priority for 2018?”. Stop waiting for an opportunity to knock, make one instead.
According to the article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/18/trump-signs-buy-american-hire-american-executive-order-promising-to-fight-for-American-workers/?utm_term=.d906c7b114af
“The Buy American, Hire American” executive order signed by President Trump on April 18, 2017 promises a commitment to protect jobs for US workers, create higher wages and increase job opportunities and employment rates. The executive order broadly demonstrates intent to vigorously enforce immigration laws, taking particular aim at the H-1B visa program, additionally, this executive order does not specify how H-1B visa program will change, rumors have abounded. There have been discussions on limiting H-1B visas to those with both higher education and significant experience, as well as requiring that a position offered to an H-1B visa applicant must pay a minimum salary in the area of $120,000 or more. Filing fees for H-1B visa petitions may also be raised. Though currently there are no formal changes to the program, practitioners are seeing increased scrutiny of pending H-1B visa petitions.
The definition of specialty occupation in current regulations does not include a review of the level of position or the salary offered, provided that the salary meets at least the “prevailing wage”, which can be determined in a number of ways. Though the increased scrutiny is under fire by immigration law groups and some business organizations because it is considered rule-making without an actual rule, the current trend does provide a glimpse into what future the H-1B visa program could require.
In each of the past five years, the H-1B visa cap has been reached within a week of the application period opening. The number of applications rose from 124,000 for fiscal 2014 to 236,000 in 2017. This only implies that since there is still no change in the rules, there are still greater opportunities for a person to start. There is no certainty in life, rules change, but so can the people. All we need is a little help and guidance on how we are going to start our new year.
As 2018 is fast approaching, CSI is once again pro-active in planning our 1st open session for the year, “Re-building our hopes on US Immigration & Employment for 2018” that will be held on January 19, 2018; Friday 2:00PM at CSI Glendale office. The gathering will be to educate immigrant hopefuls about options regarding work visas and permanent base sponsorships. This maybe one’s first step in landing a job quickly, and be petitioned by companies, if qualified.
Together, with our very own Vice President Marge Ordiales and our various affiliates, law offices and live testimonials from our successful approved visa categories, including green card holders will be joining us to start the month of 2018 in full force! Let us listen to their journey and inspire people in reaching their American dream. CSI will be guiding you every step of the way.
Once again, in tradition of giving thanks for the whole year, we would like to take this “Golden” opportunity to thank you for all your support and trust in the last 24 years, and counting. May we continue to be an integral part of your employment and immigration needs.
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