U.S. Employers Can Fill Labor Shortages Faster With New USCIS Policies – Immigration



United States: U.S. Employers Can Fill Labor Shortages Faster Thanks to New USCIS Policies

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For years, significant delays in visa processing have hurt both highly skilled foreign nationals seeking employment in the United States and businesses trying to fill labor shortages with skilled talent. But U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services just unveiled new policies that could speed up that process.

USCIS has updated its procedures to reduce visa backlogs and expand premium processing services to new types of immigration applications. And while many of these changes will be rolled out over the next decade, they could still bring relief to employers and foreign nationals who are stuck in visa limbo. For example, the new policy would allow people to pay to expedite work permit applications, applications to change or extend nonimmigrant status, and new types of work visa applications. Other major changes include:

  • Reduction of the processing time for certain work visa applications to two months

  • Allow certain foreign employees to continue working with an expired work permit while a renewal application is pending

The first to feel the relief will be American companies that sponsor foreign executives for work visas and highly talented foreign nationals who apply for work visas themselves. Employers should stay abreast of these changes and be prepared to take advantage of new policies to fill high-skilled positions and alleviate labor shortages.

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