The Effect of Furloughs on H-1B Employment

J.M.W. Turner, Pembroke Caselt, Sough Wales, Thunder Storm Approaching, 1801. Foreign workers present in the U.S. pursuant to ‘specialty occupation’ visas are subject to very specific requirements governing their wages and conditions fo employment. (While each of the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 classifications fall under the ‘speciality occupation’ umbrella, for ease we will just refer…

Covid-19-Related Federal Benefits for Noncitizens

J.M.W. Turner, Dawn after the Wreck, 1841. In 1996, Title IV of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), at 8 U.S.C. § 1611, limited eligibility for “federal public benefits” to “qualified aliens,” a group that primarily includes lawful permanent residents (green card holders), asylees, refugees. Those without any immigration status are…