What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for Business Immigration?


The outcome of the Presidential election has created a sense of uncertainty for many of our CareerKnacks nurses and those who are interested in furthering their nursing career here in America. We decided to get answers from our good friends, and immigration attorneys, over at Green and Spiegel on the potential impact that the outcome of this election will have on business immigration to the United States.


With the reality of a Donald Trump Presidency sinking in, many foreign nationals are understandably wondering how the election results will impact their status and future in the U.S.

Both those on the Left and the Right have expressed difficulty in determining Trump’s stance on immigration, and much of his pre-election rhetoric has focused on illegal immigration. That said, Trump has referenced some potential changes that could affect business immigration, namely making E-Verify mandatory, reforming the H-1B visa system, repealing President Obama’s Executive Orders (DACA/ DAPA), and renegotiating or withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Whether or not these changes will be implemented is too difficult to predict at this point. What we can say with some certainty is that, until Trump and the new Congress take office in January 2017, we do not anticipate any changes in immigration law or policy. Furthermore, other than repealing Obama’s Executive Orders (DACA/DAPA), any major changes to the immigration system after January 2017 would be achieved only through the passage of new laws and regulations, which would take months – if not years – to go into effect.

In sum, while a prospective Trump Administration presents many unknowns, current visa holders and lawful permanent residents should not expect their immigration statuses to change anytime soon, and any future changes to the immigration system will be known well before they take effect.

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