In the final days of the Trump Administration, several initiatives were advanced in an effort to significantly alter the H-1B program. The Biden Administration has now taken steps to roll back these initiatives. Specifically:
On January 15, 2021, US Citizenship and Naturalization Services (USCIS) announced it had finalized revisions to its H-1B regulations. However, the revisions were not published in the Federal Register
before President Biden took office, so they were withdrawn.
On January 8, 2021, USCIS published revisions to the H-1B lottery that were to be effective on March 9. However, USCIS has now announced
that it is suspending the effective date until December 31, 2021. It will accept comments on its proposal for 30 days.
Finally, on January 14, 2021, the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) proposed modifying the prevailing wage rules for H-1B workers, a change that was to be effective on March 15. ETA has now announced
that the effective date has been postponed until May 14, 2021. It will accept comments on the proposal until February 16, 2021.