Trump says changes coming on high-tech visas

Elias Hubbard
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 vowed in a tweet on Friday to make changes to the H-1B visa program in the USA, including offering a potential path to citizenship for visa holders.

US President Donald Trump says the changes will create simplicity, certainty. "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". The president's message on January 11 suggests that the White House has reviewed at least one proposal and has decided on a course of action.

H-1B visa programme allows U.S. employers, which include Indian companies with American operations such as TCS and Infosys, to hire foreigners for speciality professions to make up for the shortage of locally available hands.

The tweet came as a partial government shutdown enters its fourth week amid an impasse over Trump's demand that lawmakers to allot $5.7 billion for construction of his proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, a central 2016 campaign promise.

And, two, change the processing procedures to clear more applicant masters and higher academic qualification, which would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 % (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a United States institution of higher education.

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

The cap on the visas has frustrated tech giants, who rely on the H-1B program to bring in skilled workers due to a shortage in the United States.

"This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program", his campaign wrote in an August 2015 immigration platform, according to CBS News. As a requirement, employers can't offer an H-1B petition to a foreign worker if there are Americans vying for the job.

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