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Trump Administration Announces Overhaul Of New H-1B Visa Rules,To Make Sure American Workers "Put First"
The Department of Homeland Security announced the new regulations for so-called H-1B visas for highly skilled workers, which allow up to 85,000 immigrants annually.
Trump Administration Announces Overhaul if New H-1B Visa Rules, To Make Sure American Workers "Put First"
New Delhi: On Tuesday the US President Donald Trump administration unveiled the tightening of rules for immigration visas used widely by the technology firms, claiming the new system would be better for the American workers.
The department of Homeland security announced that the new regulations for the so-called H-1B visas for highly skilled workers, which allowed up to 85,000 immigrants annually.
The move has marked a new step aimed at the tightening immigration under the Trump administration which has sought to block the H-1B program in a move halted last week by the federal judge.
The details of the Tuesday new regulation which were not disclosed would narrow the definition of the "specialty occupation" which according to DHS "allowed companies to game the system."
The plan to be implemented after the 60 days comment period would also seek the required firms to make the "real" offers to the US residents before seeking to bring in the foreigners and add new compliance mechanism.
The Silicon Valley firm has widely used the visa program to bring in engineers and other skilled workers, many coming from India.
"We have entered an era in which economic security is an integral part of homeland security," acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement.
"Put simply, economic security is homeland security. In response, we must do everything we can within the bounds of the law to make sure the American worker is put first."
The US District Judge Jeffrey White, last week in San Francisco granted a preliminary injunction to block the government from ending the H-1B visa program, in a case brought by the US Chamber of Commerce and supported by technology trade groups.
A trade group TechNet which includes many Silicon Valley firms, denounced the new regulations, calling it an effort to circumvent the court order.
"The administration is flouting the court's ruling by issuing different rules to try to obtain the result it wants," TechNet president Linda Moore said."This new rule only harms America's ability to recover from the pandemic during this critical time and has zero impact on increasing domestic American jobs.