Biden Administration Vacates Trump-era Proposed H-1B Rule
In October of 2020, the Trump administration sought to narrow the definition of “specialty occupation” for the purposes of the H-1B program. Under the proposed rule change, a mere bachelor’s degree was not enough to qualify as proof of specialty but rather a bachelor’s degree in a specific field related to the job.
This rule would have narrowed the number of applicants who would qualify for a H-1B visa. The proposed rule was criticized by immigration experts as deviating too far from the intended purposes of the H-1B program to push an anti-immigration agenda. However, proposed rule was vacated by a federal district court.
On May 18th, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security has officially removed the proposed rule from the Code of Federal Regulations, restoring the language prior to the rule. Specifically, specialty occupation will be “an occupation which requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in fields of human endeavor… and which requires the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or higher in a specific specialty, or its equivalent, as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States”.
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