The Donald Trump led administration has reportedly rolled out a set of stringent provisions to the H-1B visa application process that makes it tougher for American companies to sponsor foreign workers.
Under the new norm, introduced in H-1B labor application process, American employers will be required to disclose the total number of the total number of non-Americans employed by them already employed by them, before applying for H-1B visa applications for more foreign workers, reported The Times Of India.
The H1-B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers who have a specialty in occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The new norms will make it mandatory for companies to get its labor application approved by the Department of Labour before sponsoring a foreign worker.
Before approving the application, the US labor department will ensure that no domestic worker loses out a job to a foreign worker covered under H1-B visa category. In other words, the US government body will check if there is no domestic worker for a particular position.
Furthermore, the new norms will require the employing company to submit a Labour Condition Application form with details about H-1B worker employment conditions, including disclosing all places of employment, the duration and the estimated number of H-1B workers at each office.
The company will also have to mention the secondary entities using H1-B visas and give an estimate of the total number of foreign nationals already working at each location listed in the application. The new norms will also require employers to provide educational documents of the H-1B workers.
More information about when the new forms will be made available will be listed online on the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s website.
The Trump administration is also planning to make major changes in the country’s H-1B visa policy that will likely change the definition of specialty occupations and employment under this foreign work visa category.