Pres. Trump says changes coming on high-tech visas

Lester Mason
January 11, 2019

US President Donald Trump on Friday assured H-1B visa holders, an overwhelming majority of whom are Indian IT professionals, that his administration will soon bring changes that will give them certainty to stay in America and a "potential path to citizenship".

President Trump said Friday that he is planning an overhaul to H-1B visas - which allow foreigners to work in the United States temporarily in specialty occupations - that could lead to American citizenship. The changes were meant to "ensure our visa system benefits Americans and U.S. workers to the greatest extent possible and reinforces the administration's commitment to the legal immigration process", an official said on background. "We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US", Trump tweeted on Friday.

"We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the USA", he added.

President Donald Trump said on Friday he is planning changes including a possible pathway to USA citizenship to foreigners holding H-1B visas, issued temporarily to highly educated immigrants who work in specialty occupations such as technology or medicine. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) directed questions about it to the White House, and a response was awaited.

Trump and Democrats in the US Congress are at an impasse over spending legislation to fund the federal government.

The H-1B visa, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, lets US employers temporarily employ foreign workers with at least a bachelor's degree for speciality occupations.

According to a report from Financial Express, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel and Google were among the top 10 employers for approved H-1B visas in 2017.

Trump campaigned for president on a promise to crack down on immigrants, who he said took jobs away from U.S. citizens.

But under an executive order signed by Trump in April 2017 - "Buy American and Hire American" - it's become more hard for USA companies to hire people via H-1B.

During the campaign, Mr. Trump proposed increasing the prevailing wage paid to H-1B visa holders in an effort to force companies to give entry-level jobs to an existing pool of unemployed workers in the USA, instead of bringing in cheaper workers from overseas. Only the headline has been changed.

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