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Draft executive order tightens restrictions on H-1B worker visas

Employers in Indiana with foreign technology workers in the country on the H1-B visa program may soon face new restrictions and requirements. A draft executive order from President Donald Trump will place a stronger emphasis on protecting American workers.

The executive order would call on technology workers already here with H1-B visas to submit updated information about their certifications. Their paperwork must indicate that they are not displacing Americans who could be doing their jobs. Additionally, the order calls for a suspension on approving entry for people seeking work visas for a minimum of 90 days.

The draft order carved out some exceptions to the new restrictions. People coming to the country for jobs related to the food supply chain are excluded. The new rules in the order also would not impact professionals in the health care or medical research fields.

An individual working in the country or an employer with foreign workers on the payroll may need advice from a lawyer to maintain proper credentials and current work visas. A lawyer who represents immigration cases might stay abreast of current events in immigration law. Consulting such a lawyer may lead to an appropriate strategy for a person who needs to maintain a livelihood or business operation. Access to up-to-date information in the changing immigration environment might prove important when filling out paperwork or preparing to meet with immigration authorities. A lawyer may inform a person about existing rights before that person answers questions from immigration officials. The presence of a lawyer might alert someone to inappropriate actions or decisions by immigration officials that violate current law. With legal support, a person could increase the chances of obtaining an acceptable outcome.