The United States President Donald Trump led administration is reportedly looking forward to renewing the existing H1B visa provisions to ensure employment of only highly skilled foreign workers in the country instead of the lower-skilled outsourced workers, the White House said last week.
Notably, the US government is planning to tweak the definition of specialty occupations and the definition of employment under the H1B work visa category, which is quite popular among Indian companies. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is likely to come up with the new proposal by January 2019.
According to Chris Liddell, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination, the President is looking out for ways to make sure that people who graduate in a highly skilled area like technology are the only foreign workers who stay in the country.
“He finds that a very positive part of the overall immigration,” Liddell said.
When asked about Trump’s thoughts on H1B immigration, Liddell said, “He (Trump) has talked about merit immigration, clearly that (H-1B) fits in merit immigration.”
He also acknowledged that the issue might get caught up in a broader future discussion legislatively. Liddell added that the current government is finding out more ways to restrict the inflow of low-skilled outsourced workers, which currently numbers to 1,20,000 H-1Bs.
“So the president is 100 percent aligned with that,” Liddell said. “We’ll try and do it as much as we can by regulatory; if it can be done legislatively as well in some way that would as part of a merit-based system that would be fantastic.”
He also explained that bringing H1B visa policy reforms is very crucial to keep more talented graduates in this country.
In related news, a coalition of American employers representing big IT companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft has alleged that the US immigration agency was acting outside of its own regulations by holding back a large number of H-1B visas.