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Proposed New Rule to Benefit Healthcare Employees (among others) on Temporary Visas and in Employment-Based Green Card Process


By Joel H. Paget
Member, Ryan Swanson

By Marsha Mavunkel
Associate, Ryan Swanson


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Original Publish Date: March 8, 2016

On December 31, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) submitted a draft rule for public comment called, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers,” that would change certain aspects of employment-based visa programs. The recent proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would provide a number of benefits for foreign nationals on temporary visas and greater job flexibility during the employment-based green card process. Considering the significant role immigrants play in the health care workforce, healthcare employers should be aware of potential impacts on their employees.

While the proposed rule is not yet official, it would provide some additional immigration benefits to foreign national employees working for healthcare providers. Employers can view the full proposal at www.federalregister.gov.

Joel Paget is a member of Ryan Swanson’s Immigration Practice Group. Reach him at 206.654.2215 or paget@ryanlaw.com.

Marsha Mavunkel is an associate in Ryan Swanson’s Immigration Practice Group. Reach her at 206.654.2253 or mavunkel@ryanlaw.com.