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Joint Letter to DHS on Specialty occupation definition and criteria for specialty occupation positions


Joint Letter to DHS on Specialty occupation definition and criteria for specialty occupation positions

The Institute for Progress is leading a joint, multi-sector letter that is focused on just one issue: the specialty occupation definition. This focused and well-done comment letter is not meant to replace individual comment letters by organizations or institutions, but is intended to show the wide range of those concerned with the specialty occupation definition and criteria. Signatories on the letter are welcomed from coalitions, industry groups, associations, companies, universities, and other organizations (no signatories will be individuals or law firms). At the Presidents’ Alliance, we are planning to submit our own broader comment letter and have signed onto this joint letter.

Read the joint letter here.

Signature deadline is December 21, 2023.
Sign up form is here

Why is a focused letter on specialty occupation important? DHS’s proposed rule creates a permission structure for allowing USCIS adjudicators to take a more narrow view on which degrees and positions will qualify for H-1B status.

Note IFP is providing two ways to sign-on: You confirm your institution/organization is a signatory, or you can tentatively confirm and decide after seeing who else signs on (there’s a difference between signing a letter with 5 signatories and one with 105+ signatories). Any organization that confirms (tentatively or not) will receive updates concerning the signatory list.

Contacts for the letter:
Lindsay Milliken (lindsay@ifp.org); Amy M. Nice (anice@ifp.org)