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RAISE Act: What Does the Trump Administration’s Endorsement Signal for Employers?

4 August 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On August 2, 2017, US President Donald Trump announced his strong endorsement of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a bill that would slash annual overall immigration by half over 10 years. The RAISE Act seeks to implement extensive reform to the US immigrant visa system, including replacing the current classification-based system with a merit-based points system. This Legal Update discusses what the president’s endorsement might mean for employers and provides details on the point allocation and which visa applicants would benefit or suffer under the new system.


  • Elizabeth (Liz) Espín Stern
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  • Paul Virtue
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  • Grace Shie
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  • Maximillian L. Del Rey
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