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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC13 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program 

On October 8, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an interim final rule to revise the definitions of specialty occupation and United States employer and employer-employee relationship, along with other changes. Before going into effect, the interim final rule was set aside by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in Chamber of Commerce of United State of America, et al. v. United States Department of Homeland Security, et al.,  No. 20-cv-07331 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 1, 2020). DHS is planning to issue a final rule to implement the court’s vacatur of the interim final rule and restore the regulatory text in the Code of Federal Regulations to the state it existed in prior to the Oct. 8, 2020 interim final rule.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214.2(h)(4)   
Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 101 et seq., 112 and 202    8 U.S.C 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b)    8 U.S.C 1103(a)    8 U.S.C 1184(c)    8 U.S.C 1184(g)    8 U.S.C 1184(i)    8 U.S.C 1357(b)    ...   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/08/2020  85 FR 63918   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  12/07/2020 
Interim Final Rule Effective  12/07/2020 
Final Rule  05/19/2021  86 FR 27027   
Final Action Effective  05/19/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
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RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Charles Nimick
Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Suite 4S190,
Camp Springs, MD 20588-0009
Phone:240 721-3000