Sweeping New Immigration Regulations for Highly Skilled Workers: Implications for Employers and Foreign Workers

Navigating Homeland Security's Final Rule Impacting H-1B Extensions, Portability for I-140 Beneficiaries and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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This CLE course will provide guidance to employment counsel for navigating the Department of Homeland Security’s new immigration regulations for highly skilled workers. The panel will explain and analyze significant provisions in the new regs and their implications for employers and foreign workers.


The Department of Homeland Security’s new immigration regulations, which became effective Jan. 17, 2017, will improve U.S. employers’ ability to hire and retain highly skilled foreign workers who are currently working under employment-based immigrant visa petitions while awaiting permanent status.

The regs will also enable these workers to seek promotions, accept lateral positions, change employers, or pursue other employment options. The regs impact employers of non-immigrants in the H-1B, H-1B1, E-1, E-2, E-3, L-1, O-1, P and TN categories, as well as EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 immigrants and their dependents.

The most significant changes in the new regs are 60-day grace periods for certain non-immigrants after employment has ceased, a 180-day automatic extension of work eligibility for workers that timely file extensions of their work authorization cards, a consistent process for applying the green card “portability rule,” and a new discretionary work authorization category for green card applicants adversely impacted by immigrant visa backlogs. The regulations also clarify what an employer must show to be considered “exempt” from the yearly H-1B quota.

Attorneys advising employers of foreign workers must fully understand the scope and impact of the regs to properly advise their clients.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the new regulations, identifying key provisions and important changes. The panel will analyze who will be impacted—and how—and steps counsel and their clients should take in the wake of the new regulations.



  1. Analysis of the new regulations
  2. Impact of the new regulations for employers and foreign workers
  3. What employers need to do in the wake of the new regulations


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How do the Department of Homeland Security’s new immigration regulations impact employers of highly skilled foreign workers as well as the workers?
  • What are the most significant changes created by the new regulations?
  • What steps should employers take in the wake of the new regulations?


Robert Neale
Robert Neale

Fisher & Phillips

Mr. Neale has extensive experience advising companies and individuals on the complexities of business immigration...  |  Read More

Denyse Sabagh
Denyse Sabagh

Duane Morris

Ms. Sabagh is the head of the firm's Immigration Practice Group. She practices in the areas of immigration and...  |  Read More

Paul W. Virtue
Paul W. Virtue

Mayer Brown

Mr. Virtue focuses his practice on global immigration and mobility issues. He represents clients on a broad range...  |  Read More

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