The Donald Trump administration has made major changes to the H-1B visa programme, which will make it harder for foreign workers to work in the US.
The new interim final rule (IFR) will narrow the definition of “specialty occupation” to include fewer types of degrees, raise wages that H-1B workers should be paid, and shorten the length of visas for some contract workers.
“We have entered an era in which economic security is an integral part of homeland security,” US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acting secretary Chad Wolf said. “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.”
About one-third of H1-B visa applicants in recent years would be denied under the new rules, according to acting deputy DHS secretary Ken