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USCIS restricts employers' outside counsel from signing H-1B petitions

  1. Original Date Announced

    February 15, 2018

    Employers will no longer be able to authorize their outside counsel to sign immigration applications and petitions on their behalf. The new policy means employers will no longer have the flexibility of asking outside counsel to sign immigration submissions on behalf of the company. The policy allows H-1B petitions to be submitted only by employees or owners of a company. [ID #500]

    USCIS Policy Memo (PM-602-0134.1): Signatures on Paper Applications, Petitions, Requests, and Other Documents Filed with USCIS
  2. Effective Date

    March 17, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

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