Trump Says He's Eyeing Citizenship Path in Worker Visa Program
00:32, Jan 12, 2019
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The White House did not immediately comment on whether President Trump was considering changes beyond those proposed in new rules issued in December by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
United States President Donald Trump on Friday announced potential changes in the H1-B visas, including the provision of a "path to citizenship" for highly talented and skilled visa holders.
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.
President Donald Trump told H-1B visa holders to "rest assured" because "changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty" to their status in the United States in a tweet early Friday.
He was referring to a set of rule changes that were proposed by the administration last December to introduce electronic registration of petitioners to replace the lottery system, which is meant to make the process less expensive, simpler and certain - to "reduce overall costs for petitioners and create a more efficient and cost-effective H-1B cap petition process".
Trump says the U.S. wants to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue careers in the U.S. As a candidate, he promised to stop H-1B visas from being used as a "cheap labor program". The change would also prioritize H-1B applications for workers with advanced degrees from American universities. That would force companies to consider unemployed US workers for entry-level jobs instead of bringing in workers from overseas.
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