H-1B Wage Level Selection Regulation Set Aside
A Department of Homeland Security regulation seeking to replace the H-1B cap lottery with a wage level selection process has been invalidated by a US district judge.
In the case of U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Department of Homeland Security, Judge Jeffrey S. White found in favor of the US Chamber of Commerce on the grounds that then-Acting DHS Secretary, Chad Wolf, was not serving in his role lawfully when the regulation was formally passed.
The regulation originated under the Trump Administration as part of an objective to reform the H-1B program. The rule would have seen the introduction of a selection process based on the Department of Labor’s wage level system, replacing the current H-1B cap lottery which issues up to 65,000 H-1B cap select visas, plus an additional 20,000 for those with advanced degrees.
Implementation of the rule was postponed by the DHS from March 9 2021 to December 31, 2021 following President Biden’s regulatory freeze.
The Trump-era H-1B wage selection rule has now been set aside. It remains to be seen if the Biden Administration will take action to appeal the decision.
The regulation also continues to be subject to a separate legal challenge in Humane Society of America v. Mayorkas.
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By Nita Nicole Upadhye
Nita Nicole Upadhye is the Founder & Principal Attorney at NNU Immigration. A recognized leader in the field of US business immigration law, Nita successfully acts for corporations and professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, actors, and athletes from across the globe, providing expert guidance on all aspects of US visa and nationality applications, and talent mobility to the USA.