U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has scheduled another public meeting on Friday, March 26, regarding a memo that restricts staffing firms from bringing in foreign workers on H-1B visas.
The meeting likely will focus on how the memo affects health care staffing firms. Concerns were raised during a meeting February 18 that the memo could prevent staffing firms from bringing in foreign physicians and allied health workers on H-1B visas.
Information technology staffing firms that use H-1B visa workers are also affected by the memo. The TechServe Alliance and others are weighing possible litigation to overturn the memo.
Employers apply for H-1B visas on behalf of workers, and the memo provides examples of what represents an employer-employee relationship and what doesn’t for USCIS to decide who qualifies for H-1B visas.
Two examples in the memo of what doesn’t represent an employer-employee relationship include “third-party placement/‘job shop’ ” and “independent contractors.” The staffing-firm business model doesn’t qualify, according to the memo, because a staffing firm does not maintain control over an employee’s daily tasks.
Filed by Staffing Industry Analysts, a sister company of Workforce Management. To comment, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.