Unions demand extension to visa renewal scheme for international health workers

International healthcare workers should have their visas automatically renewed for free to ensure they can help tackle the UK’s second wave of coronavirus, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.

Between the end of March and October 1, health and care staff with expiring visas had them automatically renewed for 12 months free-of-charge, allowing them to stay and work in the country.

Now, the BMA, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Unison have written to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking for the system to be extended “as a matter of urgency”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The joint letter said: “It is clear we are now entering a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With daily cases reaching record highs we need to do as much as possible to retain the skills and experience of our talented overseas colleagues as we have an incredibly tough few months

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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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Dick’s Sporting Goods to hire 9,000 holiday season workers, eyeing surge in online orders

By Richa Naidu

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Dick’s Sporting Goods said on Thursday it will hire up to 9,000 workers to cover the key holiday season in its stores, 1,000 more than last year, expecting a jump in online orders for curbside or in-store pickups amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Retailers have struggled this year, with mall traffic declining across the United States as stores in states like California continue to operate under severe restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The number of people visiting Dick’s outlets declined nearly 54% in May, according to data firm Placer.ai. While this has since improved, traffic is still about 9% lower than last year, the data shows.

Pennsylvania-based Dick’s expects in-store foot traffic to improve from earlier this year, with demand for products like kayaks, golf clubs and bicycles up as many people turn to non-contact sports. Still, online sales are surging: second-quarter e-commerce

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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



Jim Inhofe, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: President Donald Trump (R) speaks on immigration issues while meeting with members of the U.S. Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Sen. James Inhofe Win McNamee/Getty Images


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President Donald Trump (R) speaks on immigration issues while meeting with members of the U.S. Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. Also pictured is Sen. James Inhofe Win McNamee/Getty Images

  • 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 to tighten visa requirements for highly-skilled foreign workers

The U.S. must do its all ‘to make sure the American worker is put first,’ says Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary.

Just four weeks before the 2020 election, the Trump administration is again moving to tighten its immigration policies. 

On Tuesday, significant changes were announced to the H-1B visa program which enables highly-skilled workers from foreign nations to be employed in the United States. 

“We must do everything we can within the bounds of the law to make sure the American worker is put first,” says Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
“We must do everything we can within the bounds of the law to make sure the American worker is put first,” says Chad Wolf, acting DHS secretary. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

The restrictionist policies have been framed as a way to protect American jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, for years, tech companies have long fought against changes to the H-1B program it uses to hire skilled engineers from several countries.

“With millions of Americans looking for work, and as the economy continues its recovery,

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Trump Administration To Force Employers To Pay H-1B Visa Workers Similar Wages To Americans

The Trump administration has announced plans to significantly overhaul the U.S. H-1B visa program with a rule change that will force employers to pay H-1B visa workers similar wages to those earned by Americans.

Under the H-1B visa program, thousands of foreign skilled workers are able to live and work in the U.S. each year, with the visa frequently being used in the tech industry.

Addressing reporters in a press conference call on Tuesday, senior officials with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor said new wage rules were aimed at ending abuse of the H-1B visa program and would force employers to put Americans first.

Americans, they said, are

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Trump Moves to Tighten Visa Access for High-Skilled Foreign Workers

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced significant changes on Tuesday to the H-1B visa program for high-skilled workers, substantially raising the wages that U.S. companies must pay foreign hires and narrowing eligibility criteria for applicants.

Top administration officials framed the changes as a way to protect American jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, even though the Trump administration first committed to overhauling the program in 2017 as part of its efforts to reduce the number of foreign citizens employed in the United States.

“With millions of Americans looking for work, and as the economy continues its recovery, immediate action is needed to guard against the risk lower-cost foreign labor can pose to the well-being of U.S. workers,” Patrick Pizzella, the deputy secretary of labor, told reporters on Tuesday.

The rules will directly affect foreign workers and employers, especially tech companies that have long supported the H-1B program and pushed hard for

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US toughens visa requirements for foreign workers

The Trump administration says the US will make further restrictions to its H-1B visa programme in an attempt to make it more expensive for American companies to hire workers from overseas. 

While not releasing the full details of the new regulations, the Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security said they would ask companies to pay higher salaries to workers using the visas in order to prevent them from undercutting American workers, and would narrow the list of occupations the visa could be used for. 

“These changes will strengthen our foreign worker programmes and secure American workers’ opportunities for stable, good-paying jobs,” said US labour secretary Eugene Scalia.

Chad Wolf, the acting homeland security secretary, said the world had entered an era where “economic security is homeland security”. 

Silicon Valley depends heavily on H-1B visas to hire engineers, scientists and coders from overseas, but the visa is widely used

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