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The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as science, engineering and information technology, and fields such as teaching and accounting. 

DHS has announced a final rule amending regulations governing cap-subject H-1B petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption. The final rule reverses the order by which USCIS selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and the advanced degree exemption, and it introduces an electronic registration requirement for petitioners seeking to file cap-subject H-1B petitions.

Employers are attempting to challenge these strict regulations in court and also mitigate the restrictions as best they can.

As the major objective of this webinar, you will learn:

  • The important role that H-1B workers play in our economy
  • How the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects applications?
  • How H-1B applications have decreased and their impact on employers
  • To identify the requirements of the “Buy American, Hire American” initiative
  • What the changes are in the new H-1B process?
  • What specialty occupations?
  • How the previous Lottery system and current Lottery system has changed?
  • How the new administration increased rejection of H-1B applications in new and current requests?
  • The impact of H-4 Visas rejection for spouses also add the decrease in H-1B application
  • What are the challenges to the new regulations for specialty occupations?

The H-1B visa approval in 2019 has become more stringent than ever before. The USCIS after reviewing the H-1B visa program has come up with a number of policies and regulatory changes to carry out the current administrations’ “Buy American, Hire American” initiative, including a conscientious review of employment-based visa programs.

The work permit H-4 visa for spouses of H-1B visa holders, and the lottery system that selects beneficiaries of the program every year will be impacted based on such a policy initiative. Many employers are attempting to mitigate these regulations and still be able to hire specialty occupations. Learn how the increase of H-1B rejections is impacting companies who count on H-1B employees to operate their businesses.

  • Employers who currently use H-1B employees
  • Employers considering H-1B employees
  • HR and other professionals responsible for process H-1B applications
  • Recruiters seeking to fill specialty position
  • Technologies firms
  • Department of defense contractors

Margie Faulk, PHR, SHRM-CP is a senior level human resources professional with over 14 years of HR management and compliance experience. A former Compliance Officer for a defense contracting technologies firm, Margie has worked as an HR and Compliance advisor for major corporations and small businesses in the small, large, private, public and Non-profit sectors. Margie is bilingual (Spanish) fluent and Bi-cultural. Margie’s focus is on multi-state, national, state and local workplace compliance. Additionally, Margie is working on International compliance initiatives like International Privacy Issues, Drafting & Implementing policies, Reviewing and Amending Global Employment Policies, Cross-Border Reductions in Force and Restructurings, Multi-jurisdictional employee investigations, Immigration, Global Diversity Programs, Expatriate Legal Issues and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Margie has created and presented seminars/webinars for many compliance institutes. These national training providers, offer compliance training to professionals, business owners and companies interested in having their company compliant with workplace and industry regulations. Margie holds professional human resources certification (PHR) from the HR Certification Institution (HRCI) and SHRM-CP certification from Society for Human Resources Management. Margie has completed the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional training and is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE).

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