U.S. President Donald Trump said today he is planning changes to the H-1B programme that grants temporarily visas to highly educated immigrants who work in specialty occupations such as technology or medicine. "Trump's tweet is a distraction from the fact that the administration's H-1B policies and its actions more broadly are actually making everything more hard for legal immigrants across the board", said Doug Rand, the president of Boundless Immigration, a technology company helping people navigate the immigration process. "We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the US", Trump tweeted on Friday.
President Donald Trump said he would make it easier for top-skilled workers to stay in the United States and become citizens, offering uncharacteristic praise for immigrants' contributions.
Trump on Friday tweeted that his administration is planning an overhaul of United States policies on H-1B visa and will encourage talented and highly-skilled people to pursue career options in the US.
The proposal is created to increase the number of H-1B beneficiaries by 16 percent, or 5,340 more workers, who hold advanced degrees from American universities.
Here's a look at the American companies (and industries) that benefited the most from the program in 2017. American workers are truly the best and brightest. "In the annual battle for H-1Bs between IT outsourcing companies and tech companies seeking longer-term workers, this rule would probably help the latter", Doug Rand, co-founder of Seattle startup Boundless Immigration and a former immigration policy official in the Obama White House, said in November.
Trump announces many plans and ideas through tweets but not all of them get implemented.
"So if you are smart you are allowed in, but if you are fleeing for your life and your children's lives, you have to stay on the other side of your imaginary wall?" asked another Trump critic, adding, "I commend you continuing the H1-B, but trying to act all high and mighty over this is a joke".
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.
H-1B visa-holders are often sponsored by their employers for permanent residency (better known as Green Card), which is a step away from citizenship.
A recent bipartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) report indicated that if the per-country cap for employment-based immigrants was removed, Indian and Chinese nationals would dominate the flow of new employment-based LPRs for as many years as needed to clear out the accumulated queue of prospective immigrants from those countries. The visas are valid for three years, and recipients are now permitted to apply for permanent residency but not citizenship. Of these, 20,000 are reserved for those graduating with advanced degrees from United States universities.