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New H-1B renewal rules may cause problems

In Florida, there are individuals who work in the state using H-1B visas, which are available for highly skilled workers. A recent change by the Trump Administration may make it more difficult for workers who are working on H-1B visas to obtain renewals.

The Trump Administration has reportedly directed U.S. Customs and Immigration Services to exercise heightened scrutiny when they review H-1B renewal applications. USCIS is now supposed to subject the renewal applications to the same degree of scrutiny as it does with initial H-1B applications. Previously, workers who already had H-1B visas were granted deference in the renewal process, making it much easier for them to gain renewals.

H-1B visas are good for up to three years and may be renewed by the workers. The change in policy comes from the Trump Administration's "America first" policy, but some industries struggle to find enough American citizens and residents to fill highly skilled positions. They worry that the new guidance from the Trump Administration will bog down the process and make it difficult to fill the available jobs.

Workers who have H-1B visas might want to consult with immigration attorneys about obtaining permanent residence status or becoming naturalized if they wish to remain in the U.S. on a permanent basis. The lawyers may help clients understand the strategies that might work the best for them in obtaining the necessary status to remain in the United States. The lawyers may assist their clients with gathering all of the evidence and documentation that they might need to strengthen their applications. They may then advocate for their clients throughout the immigration process, working to help them to obtain the desired outcomes.

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