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What does Trumps latest executive order mean for the H-1B Program?

Trumps latest immigration exec order: Here’s what the Executive Order says:

Sec. 2. Policy

In order to create higher wages and employment rates for workers in the United States, and to protect their economic interests, it shall be the policy of the executive branch to rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad, including section 212(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act – This section of the law governs the Labor Certification process for employment-based green cards, it is not related to H-1B petitions.

Sec. 5. Ensuring the Integrity of the Immigration System in Order to “Hire American.”

(a) In order to advance the policy outlined in section 2(b) of this order, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, as soon as practicable, and consistent with applicable law, propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate, to protect the interests of United States workers in the administration of our immigration system, including through the prevention of fraud or abuse. – Most of these ideas neet to be proposed through notice and comment rulemaking.

(b) In order to promote the proper functioning of the H-1B visa program, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, as soon as practicable, suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries. – This would likely then require legislative action by congress to change the laws that created the H-1B program.

Likey the H-1B program will change in the future, but the change will not happen immediately. Cases in the H-1B lottery for now will proceed without change.

California’s Chief Justice is a vocal critic of Trumps immigration policies

Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California’s chief justice, is fast emerging as one of the Trump administration’s most vocal critics in the judiciary.

Her main concern is the controversy surrounding President Trump’s immigration policies. Earlier this month, she criticized federal immigration authorities for using courthouses as “bait” to arrest undocumented immigrants. Days later, she assailed the president’s disparaging comments about federal judges who ruled against his travel ban.


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This spring is a big season for change this year at HaydenLaw–

If you have visited the HaydenLaw website in the past, you will notice that it looks a lot different now.  We are celebrating the coming of spring with a completely restyled, updated website—and we hope you like our new design that highlights artwork from Frances Hayden’s personal collection.

In addition to the fresher, brighter look, we have added extra features such as our online Shop where you can request a Consultation about your case or order our new downloadable self-help guides that will take you through the complicated Visitor Visa application process and the troublesome electronic DS-160 Form that is now used by the U.S. Department of State around the world.

So please click around our new website and enjoy the art—as well as all of the current information about HaydenLaw and the services we offer.

The website isn’t the only thing that is new at HaydenLaw. We’ve also moved our office from Hollywood to Century City in Los Angeles. Though we continue to serve most of our clients around the world electronically in this digital age, as well as on consular trips, we think our new office location will be more convenient and inviting for clients who are in the LA area and wish to come see us for an in-person visit or consultation.

You will find the address and telephone information on the Contact Us page of the website.

Happy springtime to one and all! We look forward to helping you with your U.S. immigration and visa needs whenever we can.