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DHS Announces Immigration Benefits Just Weeks Before Trump is Inaugurated

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a final rule related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs.  The rule is set to go into effect on January 17, 2017, just days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as President.  The final rule is intended to conform regulations with long standing DHS practice and the statutory provisions of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, or AC21, which introduced a number of measures intended to better enable U.S. employers to employ and retain high skilled foreign workers who are beneficiaries of employment-based immigrant visa petitions.  It remains to be seen if Mr. Trump will push to eliminate these measures and/or fundamentally change the current employment immigration system that is currently in place. Continue Reading