DOL Proposes Staffing Firms Name H-1B Client Companies in Visa Application

June 01, 2018

The first of several long-awaited H-1B rule proposals would add a requirement to the H-1B labor condition application that would force staffing companies to publicly name client companies who work with them to employ the highly-skilled foreign workers.

DOL claims the "enhanced data collection" will allow it to "better track employer usage of the program and provide greater transparency to the public with respect to the employment of H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 nonimmigrant workers in the United States."   

Employers have until June 25 to file comments on the planned changes. 

Other expected H-1B rule proposals include: 

  • Revising the definitions of "specialty occupation" and "employment and employer-employee relationship," and adding additional wage requirements.  A proposal is expected in January 2019.

  • Elimination of a program that extends employment authorization to spouses of H-1B workers.  A proposal is expected in June 2018.

  • Establishing an electronic registration program for petitions subject to numerical limitations for the H-1B visa.  A proposal is expected in July 2018.