A new USCIS memo shows that the agency has rescinded its policy that required immigration officers to defer to previous eligibility decisions when approving H-1B visa renewals. Under the new policy a H-1B renewal application will receive the same level of investigation as an initial application.

“USCIS is also providing updated guidance that is both more consistent with the agency’s current priorities and also advances policies that protect the interests of U.S. workers,” the memo states.

This new policy is in line with the Trump administration’s goal to protect American workers from discrimination and replacement by foreign labor. This new policy will make sure that only qualified H-1B workers will be allowed to stay in the U.S. and will help crack down on visa fraud and abuse.

Read the full memo here.

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Updated: Tue, Nov 7th 2017 @ 10:15am EST