By N24 Staff Writer, LOS ANGELES:- A United States District Court for the Northern District of California has vacated strengthening the H-1B Program Interim Final Rule. According to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) statement, a December 1, 2020, order issued by this particular court vacated strengthening the H-1B non-immigrant visa classification program Interim Final Rule (IFR).
The December 1 order prevents the IFR from taking effect, and the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS from implementing the IFR. The USCIS will fully comply with the court’s decision, said the statement.
The DHS published the H-1B Strengthening IFR in the Federal Register on October 8, 2020, with a 60-day effective date; the IFR was scheduled to go into effect on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.
The IFR was intended to better protect U.S. workers, improve the integrity of the H-1B program, and better ensure that H-1B petitions are approved only for qualified beneficiaries and petitioners.