Eliminating Impediments to Worker Mobility

The CIR bill contains language that is supposed to allow for more predictability for certain processes which would allow for greater efficiency. This portion of the bill seems to address some very obvious issues with the current nonimmigrant system. These include:

• A 60-day grace period for H-1B holders that are terminated. This would allow someone who has been laid off or terminated to
find new employment within 60 days without being considered out-of-status. As the system currently stands, there is no grace
period and the H-1B is considered out-of-status the moment they are terminated.
• Having the USCIS give deference to previously approve H-1B and L adjudications absent any material errors, substantial changes
or newly discovered material information.
• Having the State Department waive visa interviews for “low risk” applicants
• Allowing A, E, G, H, I, L, N, O, P, R and W visa holders to renew their visas while in the United States. This would allow
applicants to avoid the ridiculous and unpredictable visa interview process overseas, especially in South Asia.

The two most important aspects of this part of the CIR bill is the 60 day grace period for H-1B holders and the ability to renew visas in the United States. The visa renewal was something that was previously offered and was very successful and efficient. The 60 day grace period was something that was needed and avoids unnecessary trips outside the US, only to re-enter.

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