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Statement from HRCIS regarding H-1B Executive Order

Good Afternoon,


The below will be posted on our website, and shared with our current H-1B visa recipients.

On April 18, 2017, an Executive Order was issued by the White House entitled “Buy American Hire American”.  While the Order did address the H-1B visa program, it did not include provisions that would substantially impact the existing program, or the current beneficiaries of H-1B visa status at the University.


We expect that the primary impact of the Order will be in the form of enhanced scrutiny of H-1B applicants for visas at U.S. embassies and consulates, resulting in increased processing times,  and a further slowing of processing of H-1B petitions by USCIS.  Additionally, as a result of the Order, Universities may experience increased enforcement activity in the form of site visits by USCIS officers. 


Please do not hesitate to contact HR Compliance and Immigration Services,, with questions about the new Executive Order, particularly if you are planning travel abroad, or during preparation for submission of a request for H-1B status sponsored by the University. 


We recognize that the continuing changes to the immigration environment are challenging for our foreign national community, and we hope that through a combination of accurate information, availability of support resources, and a caring and engaged University community, we can assist in navigating the disruption.






Timothy J. White | Manager, Compliance & Immigration Services, University Human Resources

914 Emmet Street North,  PO Box 400127, Charlottesville, VA 22904

Office: 434.982.2735 | Fax: 434.924.4125 |