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Immigration News and Updates

December 9, 2004

Yesterday, December 8, 2004, President Bush signed the $388.4 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY 2005 (H.R. 4818). This Act contains provisions affecting the H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant visa categories. The Act's provisions are intended to reform the H-1B and L-1 program and are the result of concerns over out-sourcing and displacement of U.S. workers, a slow economy, and concerns over security. The provisions are also intended to raise money for education and training of U.S. workers. What follows is a break-down of the reform:

H-1B Visa Reform Act of 2004

L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004

As soon as the implementing regulations and CIS guidelines for eligibility are published, we will forward that information on to you. For any specific questions of eligibility under the H-1B Reform Act of 2004 or the L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004, please contact our office.

For more information about this, or other U.S. immigration issues, please contact our Miller Canfield Immigration Practice. This message is for general information only and should not be used as a basis for specific action without obtaining further legal advice.