USCIS Rescinds Finding that Computer Programmer is an H-1B Specialty Occupation

By: Vishal Chander

On March 31, 2017, USCIS issued a memorandum rescinding a 2000 memorandum finding that the occupational classification of Computer Programmer was a Specialty Occupation.  A position must be a specialty occupation, or occupation requiring a four year degree in a field related to the occupation, in order to qualify under the H-1B program.  The determination that not all Computer Programmer positions are specialty occupations could have a significant impact on the H-1B eligibility for entry-level computer occupations.

Related Links:

Rescission of the December 22, 2000 “Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions”.

Bloomberg Asia, Trump Cracks Down on H-1B Visa Program That Feeds Silicon Valley.

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