Requirements for H-1B Visa Shouldn’t Be Overly Narrow

The Trump administration announced an overhaul of a visa program for high-skilled foreign workers.



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With the new H-1B visa requirements linking a degree in a specific field and job description, I doubt whether Sundar Pichai head of Alphabet/Google, whose degrees are in metallurgical engineering and materials science, would have gotten an H-1B to work in the information-technology sector (“U.S. Imposes New Curbs on H-1B Visas,” U.S. News, Oct. 7).

If you are going to hire someone on a H-1B visa, it makes sense to recruit the best possible and most-skilled person who brings in knowledge and skills in multiple disciplines. The concept that an applicant must have a degree in a specific field in which she or he is looking for work is outdated. The new changes don’t account for the highly interdisciplinary and convergent nature of the complex, real problems

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How new H-1B visa regime will impact Indians, Indian firms



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In yet another policy stance change on H-1B visa within six months, the US administration on October 6 said it was announcing an “interim final rule” which will “strengthen” the non-immigrant work visa programme. The new rules will be effective 60 days from their publication in the Federal Register, which is the official journal of the US government, much like the Gazette of India.

What is an interim final rule?

Executive policies announced by agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) require them to consult stakeholders and give them a notice period of 60 days and seek comments before any sweeping changes are brought in. This method allows agencies such as DHS to act with urgency and within a specified time after a new rule or law is made.

In the latest announcement on

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Tech Employment Data Contradict Need For Quick H-1B Visa Rules

New government data show the low unemployment rate in computer occupations contradicts Trump administration claims an economic emergency requires the quick implementation of new H-1B visa rules. A new analysis indicates the government’s own data do not support the claims made in the regulations, which makes it more likely federal courts will block the new rules.

On October 8, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published “interim final” rules to restrict H-1B visas, asserting a “good cause” exception to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to allow the H-1B rules to go into effect quickly without permitting the public to comment. DOL and DHS cited

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Experts explain how Trump’s new H-1B visa rules hurts startups

  • The Trump administration announced new rules this week for the coveted H-1B visa program, which authorizes high-skilled foreign workers to work in the US.
  • The changes include higher wage requirements for H-1B employees.
  • Tech companies of all sizes rely heavily on the H-1B program to recruit top talent globally yet those wage requirements pose distinct challenges for cash-strapped, early-stage startups, experts say.
  • “The tragic thing here is that it means that it’s going to be more expensive for new, innovative startups to be formed,” said Sophie Alcorn, a founding partner at Alcorn Immigration Law.
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The Trump administration this week announced big changes to the coveted H1-B visa program, which allows high-skilled foreign workers to be employed in the US. Among the most significant of the changes are higher wage requirements for H-1B workers, which could even force some companies to pay foreign employees

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Trump administration tightens H-1B visa restrictions for foreign workers

The Trump administration changed its rules for highly skilled foreign workers who want to live and work in the United States as part of the so-called H-1B visa program, the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security announced Tuesday. 



Glenn Grothman, Sean Duffy, Donald Trump posing for the camera: President Donald Trump signs an executive order to try to bring jobs back to American workers and revamp the H-1B visa guest worker program during a visit to the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On on April 18, 2017 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


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President Donald Trump signs an executive order to try to bring jobs back to American workers and revamp the H-1B visa guest worker program during a visit to the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On on April 18, 2017 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The changes, which the Trump administration has characterized as part of its goal to protect American workers, mean employers will need to commit to higher salaries for those they want to hire and visa applicants will have to have a “specialty occupation” that more narrowly fits their formal qualifications. Visa lengths could also shorten.

“We have entered an era in which economic security is an

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Trump Administration Announces Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration announced an overhaul of the H-1B visa program for high-skilled foreign workers that will require employers to pay H-1B workers significantly higher wages, narrow the types of degrees that could qualify an applicant and shorten the length of visas for certain contract workers.

The changes, introduced by the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security on Tuesday, will likely make it tougher to qualify for one of the coveted visas.

Ken Cuccinelli, the No. 2 official at DHS, said on a news conference call Tuesday that he expects about one-third of H-1B visa applications would be rejected under the new set of rules.

Mr. Cuccinelli and Patrick Pizzella, the deputy secretary of labor, said the changes were necessary to protect American workers, whom the administration believes are being undercut by foreign workers on H-1B visas who are paid lower wages to perform similar jobs.

“America’s immigration laws should

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Donald Trump, Joe Biden’s H-1B visa plans



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The woes of H-1B visa aspirants won’t end even if Donald Trump loses the presidential elections in November.

Trump, with his aggressive anti-immigration rhetoric, is often perceived as the only force against the US long-term work visa. But, if one reads the fine print of Joe Biden’s stance on immigrant workers, it is clear that things will never go back to as good as they once were.

During his campaign, Biden has promised to be less harsh with H-1B restrictions, expand the number of available visas, and even do away with country quotas for green cards—the reason why most Indians have to wait for several decades to get one.

Biden has also said he will ensure that foreign students getting PhD degrees in science, technology,

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The Trump administration has made further restrictions to its H-1B visa programme that it says will ensure American employees are not ‘replaced’ by overseas workers



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  • The Trump administration claimed US employees were being “replaced” by overseas workers, as it unveiled tougher H-1B visa restrictions
  • American firms will have to pay higher salaries for workers enrolled in the H-1B programme. The new rules also narrow the list of qualifications that make you eligible for the visa.
  • US firms will have to offer jobs to US citizens before hiring foreign workers, the Department of Homeland Security said.
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The US government has announced new restrictions on H-1B visas that it claims will stop the “replacement” of US employees by skilled overseas workers.

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Trump administration tightens H-1B visa program

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The Trump administration announces new restrictions on foreign workers.


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The Trump administration is placing new restrictions on H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers. The rules, announced Tuesday by the Labor Department and Homeland Security Department, are designed to close loopholes that let US employers replace American workers with what the administration calls “cheap foreign labor.”

The tech industry relies heavily on H-1B visas. About three-quarters of 85,000 allotted H-1B visas each year go to people who work in tech.

A new Labor Department rule will force employers to offer salaries to foreign workers that “better reflect wages paid to similarly employed workers in the United States,” while the Homeland Security Department rule will require foreign workers to have a degree in

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Trump administration’s H-1B visa crackdown: Expect big hike in foreign worker wage costs

Tech companies on Tuesday were hit with major changes to the high-skilled worker H-1B visa program that will make them pay foreign employees much higher wages. 

The changes to the skilled visa program were announced by the White House as the Department of Labor announced an interim final rule that aims to bring wages of foreign workers in line with wages paid to US workers in similar roles. The department’s rule takes effect once it’s been published by the Office of the Federal Register.  

The administration has framed the H-1B reforms and foreign employee wage requirement as a way to protect American workers as the coronavirus pandemic pummels the US labor market. 

The Department of Labor said the pandemic combined with potential abuses of the H-1B visa program required “immediate corrective action”. 

“The US Department of Labor is strengthening wage protections, addressing abuses in these visa programs, and ensuring American

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