H1-B visas to undergo ‘changes’, says Trump

Trump promises citizenship path for skilled workers

H-1B visas are created to bring in foreign workers, especially ones with specialized knowledge of their field.

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".

Trump has also derided visas granted to family members of USA residents or citizens as "chain migration", and backed a Republican proposal in 2017 that would have slashed legal immigration in half.

While Trump typically depicts undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers attempting to enter the country through Mexico as criminals and terrorists, he frequently praises those applying for H-1Bs, who must hold a bachelor's degree or higher.

This is not Mr Trump's first attempt to overhaul visas - in April 2017, he ordered a reform of the U.S. visa program to benefit educated and highly skilled workers.

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.

US President Donald Trump says the changes will create simplicity, certainty.

Mr Trump wants to include $5.6 billion for a wall along the border with Mexico.

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It would also entail a new electronic registration system meant to streamline the application process.

Critics questioned why Trump tweeted about a month-old proposal at a time when he is battling with congressional Democrats over spending legislation to fund the federal government.

There has been no further comment from the President or the White House on what changes could be implemented, or when they may come into effect.

The United States grants 65,000 H-1B visas every year and an additional 20,000 visas for those with a master's degree or higher.

Democrats call the proposed wall expensive, ineffective and immoral. The dispute has led to a partial shutdown of the United States government that is now in its 21st day.

The proposed changes could result in a higher percentage of visas going to American tech companies, according to some experts.

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 US, instead of bringing in cheaper workers from overseas.

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