The Department of Homeland Security has recently issued a rule to improve job flexibility for employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa holders. The rule has been eagerly awaited by the business immigrant community and employers. It will take effect just before President Barack Obama leaves office, on January 17.
The US limits the number of employment-based immigrant visas that it grants each year. Many skilled workers, especially from India and China are waiting on work visas for years. The main issue is the long backlog. Processing periods are another problem. Since there is a time limit for work visas, processing delays can add to the problem. The newly issued rule intends to tackle those obstacles.