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H-1B Visas Restricted Without Public Comment

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On October 8, the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security published “interim final” rules restricting the issuance of H-1B visas for skilled workers. They used a mechanism to bypass public comment, saying it was an emergency and they needed to bypass normal rulemaking procedures. “The U.S. unemployment rate for individuals in computer occupations stood at 3.5% in September 2020, not changed significantly from the 3% unemployment rate in January 2020 (before the pandemic spread in the U.S.),” according to an analysis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey by the National Foundation for American Policy. Forbes

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