On January 18, 2021, the Trump administration officially lifted widespread travel restrictions barring the entry of foreign national travelers physically present in certain countries within 14 days prior to entry.
During the early months of the pandemic, the Social Security Administration (SSA) took a break from issuing “no-match” letters to employers. It appears that towards the end of 2020, however, the SSA has resumed this practice.
The DOL has announced that it plans to comply with a court order invalidating an interim final rule that implemented significant and immediate increases in prevailing wage rates for skilled foreign workers.
In a much-anticipated decision, a federal court on December 1, 2020, ruled in favor of business and university plaintiffs, setting aside two new interim final rules that would have instituted major changes to the H-1B program.
We continue to monitor changes in the Trump administration’s handling of ongoing agency immigration reforms through the end of 2020 and into early 2021 that may impact employers’ ability to sponsor foreign workers on visas.
What executive and regulatory actions might the Biden administration take with respect to DACA, travel bans, and H-1B visas? This podcast discusses possible immigration policy changes in the year ahead.
Although the 2020 presidential election is technically behind us, razor-thin and contested elections for the presidency and Congress remain, potentially drawing out the uncertainty through the new year.