Murthy Law Firm’s Recommendations for Improvements to U.S. Immigration System04 Mar 2015
As previously reported to MurthyDotCom readers, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a notice of request for information (RFI) in December 2014, seeking input from the public on ways to improve the nation’s immigration system. Accordingly, the Murthy Law Firm took this opportunity to push for changes and much needed improvements to the system.
Overview of Input from the Murthy Law Firm
The comments submitted by the Murthy Law Firm in response to this RFI tackled an array of important issues, including improvements in communications and transparency and expansion of the expedited, premium processing option. The full response to the RFI submitted by the Murthy Law Firm may be viewed on MurthyDotCom, but a brief summary of some of the recommendations includes the following.
- Provide nonimmigrants with reasonable status grace periods to allow for routine transitions, such as when an H1B worker is terminated and wishes to join a new employer or change status.
- Recognize the value of the multi-billion dollar staffing industry to the United States, and implement changes to facilitate greater flexibility for these businesses and their employees to relocate more easily between projects and assignments.
- Correct and eliminate the use of 221(g) visa refusals by consular officers as a means to re-adjudicate H1B petitions previously approved by the USCIS.
- Grant foreign nationals and their families the ability to file an application to adjust status (I-485), before the individual’s priority date is current.
The Murthy Law Firm has been a leader in the field of immigration law for more than twenty years. The firm and our dedicated attorneys and staff will continue to advocate for improvements to the U.S. immigration system. It is our hope that the insights provided in response to the RFI will lead to increased efficiency and related policy improvements, ensuring that the United States remains a magnet to attract and retain the best and brightest from across the globe.
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