Presidential Proclamation Issues Regulatory Freeze
Which Puts a Hold on Trump Regulations
On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued a memorandum declaring a freeze on the federal agency regulatory process for the Trump administration regulations that have not yet taken effect or been finalized. The memorandum states:
- All rules pending but not yet published in the Federal Register be withdrawn immediately for review.
- For rules that have been published in the Federal Register but have not taken effect, federal agencies consider postponing the effective dates for 60 days beyond the date of the memorandum.
- Federal agencies should not propose or issue any new regulation or policy until reviewed by the Biden administration.
What does this mean for immigration? Immigration regulations issued by the Trump administration that are not yet in effect or finalized are delayed by at least 60 days.
One major benefit is that the Trump regulations that would have had a negative impact on the H-1B visa program (replacing the H-1B lottery with salary-based selection, redefining the term “specialty occupation,” altering the way prevailing wages are calculated) are put on hold.
The Garvish Immigration team is closing monitoring any developments that would affect the H-1B program and will keep you posted.
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Regulatory Freeze Pending Review