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Top Immigration Developments in 2020

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Immigration remains a consistent topic in American news feeds. In 2020, several key immigration issues and developments will continue to frame this highly discussed subject area. Each item will have short-term and long-term effects for documented immigrants, undocumented immigrants, and employers.

H-1B Lottery Updates

An H-1B visa allows a foreign employee to work for a domestic United States company for a specific period. As of March 2020, employers will have the option of preregistering online to be awarded one or more of the H-1B visas to be randomly given in October 2020. The electronic filing option allows corporations to bypass the need to pull together as much documentation to apply for an H-1B visa as in the past.

Along with changes in the H-1B lottery system, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may also reframe the way the agency determines which applicants will receive H-1B visas based on their individual records, achievements, credentials, or other related factors.

H-4 Decisions

When someone enters the United States to work under an H-1B visa, that person’s spouse may also be able to work under an H-4 visa. For about two years, the H-4 visa has enabled spouses, mainly women, to earn a living separate from their spouse’s paycheck. In 2020, some or all H-4 visas may be rescinded, which would change the domestic working opportunities for spouses of H-1B visa holders.

USCIS Payment Changes

Currently, companies that hire H-1B visa holders must pay specific fees to add temporary employees from foreign countries to their workforces. These fees may increase, as well as fees associated with extending H-1B visas. Though the exact fee increase amount has not been settled, it may translate to several thousands of dollars, which could have significant ramifications for businesses that work with many H-1B visa holders. Raising fees may also close doors for documented workers to be employed in the United States, as some companies may not be able to afford as many foreign employees.

DACA Deliberations and Determinations

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program may come to an end in 2020 after being in place for the past decade. Without the DACA program, thousands of young workers may no longer be able to keep their jobs. This could have reverberations in the unemployment level across the nation. Questions about DACA are making waves in Congress, with both the House and Senate involved in determining what happens for individuals who fall under the auspices of DACA. Many analysts believe DACA will be a much talked about and acted up topic during 2020.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Help Undocumented and Documented Workers

If you have an immigration concern, contact a Philadelphia immigration lawyer at Surin & Griffin, P.C. right away. We will address your questions and fight for the justice you deserve. For an initial consultation, call us at 215-925-4435 or contact us online. Located in Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide.