HEROES Act Contains Numerous Immigration Proposals

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer May 18, 2020

​The latest coronavirus relief package passed by House Democrats May 15 contains several immigration-related provisions of interest to employers. We've rounded up resources and articles from SHRM Online and other trusted outlets on the news.

Measures Would Ease Enforcement

The bill contains provisions expediting processing of temporary work visas and permanent visas for health care workers and physicians working on COVID-19 in the U.S.; temporarily extending filing and other deadlines for workers on employment-based visas to extend work authorization; and deferring deportation and providing work authorization to undocumented workers in essential industries, such as first responders, health care employees, and farm and food processing workers.

(Roll Call)

U.S. Immigration Upended

The U.S. response to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted several facets of employment-based immigration, including travel restrictions, office closures, delayed processing and relaxed rules.

(SHRM Online)

SHRM Resource Spotlight
Coronavirus and COVID-19

Trump's Immigration Ban Limited in Duration, Scope

President Donald Trump's April 22 executive order pausing immigration to protect U.S. workers who lost their jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic initially concerned many employers but applies to only a relatively few foreign nationals sponsored for employment visas.

(SHRM Online)

DHS Relaxes Rules on Hiring Immigrant Farmworkers

The Trump administration is loosening regulatory restrictions on employers seeking to hire immigrant farmworkers under the H-2A visa program during the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security more recently announced similar relaxed regulations for H-2B workers "essential to the U.S. food supply chain."

(SHRM Online)

Managing H-1B Workers During Pandemic

The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the sudden transition to a work-from-home model for much of the country left employers that sponsor H-1B workers with many questions. Here, immigration attorneys responded to queries about changes in working conditions, furloughs and layoffs for employers with H-1B workers on staff.

(SHRM Online)

H-1B Filers Rethinking Their Petitions

The dramatic changes to the U.S. economy between March 1—when employers entered the H-1B lottery—and one month later, when they were notified that their applicants were selected for visas, have left many uncertain of their next move.

(SHRM Online)



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