2023 Employment Immigration Outlook

Employment Immigration

According to a recent article in Forbes, “Employers and universities should not expect a welcome reception on immigration in the House.”

It is no secret that United States immigration has been in a bit of turmoil for more than a decade, with increasing wait times, changing regulations, and general insecurity for immigrants, especially those with DACA status.

This is why it is increasingly important to hire an experienced immigration attorney to assist you with employment-based immigration, even if you have successfully obtained a visa without an attorney in the past.

The article goes on to say:

Republican witnesses at immigration hearings during the past two years favored a hardline stance on illegal immigration but also included a left-wing critic of business immigration and international student policy. Many House hearings will likely focus on the border and may include field hearings. Republicans have promised to investigate and possibly impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) are expected to return as Senate Judiciary Committee chair and immigration subcommittee chair. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is expected to no longer be ranking member on Senate Judiciary. Sen.Lindsey Graham (R-SC) likely will be the ranking member.

In 2022, Sen. Grassley blocked an exemption from annual green card limits for foreign nationals with a Ph.D. in STEM fields and those with a master’s degree “in a critical industry,” such as semiconductors. Since the provisions had passed the House of Representatives, Grassley’s actions frustrated employers and universities and, according to analysts, were likely welcomed by U.S. economic competitors. The Chinese government opposes Chinese-born scientists and engineers staying in America and has a program to lure them back to China after studying abroad. Grassley also opposed the Afghan Adjustment Act to help Afghans, including parolees. Sen. Graham should be more supportive of those measures, although it is unclear if he will get the opportunity, given Republican sentiment on immigration in the House.


If you are an employer in Louisiana who wants to sponsor an immigrant worker, or if you are someone who wants to live and work in the United States, it is important that you act sooner than later.

Our Baton Rouge employment immigration lawyer at The Scott Law Firm, LLC can help you obtain the outcome you desire. We can answer all your questions about employment-based immigration visas, help you navigate the legal process, and resolve any immigration issues while you focus on your business. We provide guidance to both employers and potential employees.

Applying for an employment-based immigration visa or green card can be a long process and even one mistake can result in you having to start all over again, or worse, rejection!

Contact the immigration attorneys at the Scott Law Firm today to see how we can help you!