The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tweaking its regulations related to immigrant and nonimmigrant worker visa programs to aid those workers with more opportunities and for more transparency. The latest revision is intended to benefit high-skilled foreign workers and employers participating in worker visa programs to make it easier for employers to sponsor nonimmigrant workers who are seeking permanent residency status, increase job opportunities for such workers, and provide better transparency and consistency in the visa worker programs. The published rule supposedly goes into effect on Jan. 17, 2017.
Some of the provisional highlights of these rule improvements include:
- Allow increased ability of immigrant workers to further their careers by accepting promotions.
- Allow immigrants to successfully change positions with existing employers.
- Allow immigrants to change employers and pursue other job opportunities.