United States Department of Labor (DOL) Publishes New Updated List of Professional Occupations (A Useful Tool for Identifying Which Positions may be Eligible for H-1 Work Visas)
On June 27, 2022, the DOL published an updated list of professional occupations in the Federal Register. This list, known as "Appendix A", is useful for employers seeking to identify positions which may be eligible for "professional" level PERM Labor Certification Sponsorship and for H-1 Specialty Occupation "work visas". The H-1 and PERM categories are the most frequently used temporary and permanent work sponsorship options for most employers seeking to sponsor professional foreign workers.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Prepares for Roll Out of New "Secure Docket Card" (Photo ID card) for Issuance to Provisionally Released Non-citizens (Undocumented Migrants in Immigration Court Proceedings)
The ICE "Secure Docket Card" would facilitate non-citizens' documentation as they go through the U.S. Immigration Courts and immigration process and would replace existing paper forms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has requested $10 million to launch the new card by the end of the year. Migrants affected would likely include more than 300,000 people currently in the immigration court process under home detention.
Republican House Members Describe Changes in Biden Immigration Policy They Would Seek If They Gain Control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2022
In July, U.S. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy visited the U.S.-Mexico border with other House Republicans and gave a preview of changes to current immigration policies of the Biden Administration that Republicans would seek if they regain the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Planned changes include: restarting construction of the border wall, tightening asylum laws and possible impeachment of current Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.