Global Immigration Update - United States | Hudson McKenzie

Global Immigration Update – United States

January 2, 2018 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

United States: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently evaluated whether H-1B holders should be prevented from extending their status beyond the six-year mark, as allowed by the AC-21 Act.

The American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC-21) currently allows H-1B holders to extend their status until their green card backlogs clear.

Following from this, if the DHS approves regulations to prevent the extending the status of H-1B holders, then many individuals who have been waiting years for their backlogs to clear would be forced to leave the U.S.

However as for now, H-1B holders may still continue to request extensions under the AC-21 act until further information is provided, regarding the update upon the DHS evaluation process.

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