An Immigration reform plan was introduced last month by President Donald Trump. One of the proposals is putting to an end the way foreign highly-skilled workers are sourced for by Tech firms. However, the recent work is done by the administration to control the H-1B visa and different visas are at odds with the proposal.
Under the new proposal, immigration based on merit would become the new system in the country, with more emphasis on immigrants with excellent academic records, exceptional talents, and skills needed in the country.
According to the White House’s press release, U. S. Competitiveness, concerning the attraction and retention of excellent talents will be increased.
Presently, the immigrants are selected thus; 66% based on family ties, 21% based on humanitarian and others, and 12% skills and employment-based. But if the proposal is approved, skills and employment-based immigrants will be 57%, humanitarian 10% while family-based will be 33%. With the above illustration, families attempting to migrate to the US would be devastated, while more workers for Tech companies.
However, with all these, a challenge is still faced. This proposal contradicts what Trump’s administration was already doing to control the H-1B visas.
From the Data gotten recently from USCIS, since 2016, there has been a significant drop in the rate of approval of H-1B petitions, as well as the increase in the percent of Request for Evidence (RfE) for H-1B appeals has dramatically increased. As such, it is safe to say that the different approaches used against H-1B visa administered by Trump’s administration have left an impact.
Also, the decision to end the H-4 EAD visa is looming. According to USCIS, the approach is said to be a significant one economically, with claims that the US workers will have more chances at jobs previously occupied by some H-4 EAD workers. It is also believed that some H-1B visa applicants will loose interest once their spouses are not allowed in.
Confusing Trump Tweet
Despite all these restrain end, some support has been exhibited by the president towards the H-1B visa prior in this year, where he tweeted that the proposed changes for the visa will “bring simplicity and certainty” to one’s stay and also create a Citizenship path in future.
However, there has been confusion developed as everyone is expecting the ultimate decision of the government, and this will grow further if the government succeeds in readjusting the present H-1B lottery system.
With all these, it is uncertain what the country is really doing? Restraining highly-skilled workers or opening the Immigration gates?
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