As of February 16, 2016, new regulations go into effect that will affect highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty occupations from Chile, Singapore (H-1B1) and Australia (E-3), among other nonimmigrant and immigrant categories.

The change most relevant to employers relates to extension of H-1B1 and E-3 status. Employees in H-1B1 and E-3 status previously had to have their extensions approved prior to the expiration date of their status. Now they may file petitions in the United States and retain work authorization for up to 240 days while their petitions are pending. This benefit has been available to employees in the H, L, O, TN, and other temporary visa categories.