The US president, Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants only high-skilled immigrants in the country. On the other hand, he’s pushing to make many high-skilled immigrants lose their jobs by retrieving their work permits.
His argument for wanting to deny these highly skilled H-4 visa holders access to the job market is to create job opportunities for US citizens who are underemployed and unemployed.
This move if implemented will cost the US dearly
This idea is not worth it, because researches conducted on the plan show that it will create not even one net job. It will rather drain billions of dollars from taxpayers and the US economy every year owing to lost revenue and stunted economic growth. With it, immigrants who were formerly motivated to move to the country will be constrained to leave completely.
The H-1B visa program was created by Congress in 1990 to attract high-skilled foreigners into the country. Then companies were having a lot of trouble finding good hands to take up technical vacancies in their companies. Occupations like software engineering, systems engineering had low employment rates then (and even now). Opening the US job market to international talent was an effective solution to the problem.
The H-4 visa program was introduced when Congress agreed that since the majority of H-1B visa holders were married, their spouses needed to be given opportunities to work as well. At the introduction of the H-1B visa program, their spouses — the H-4 visa holders — had no work permit. It became a problem because most spouses of H-1B visa holders were not willing to make the sacrifice of dropping their career pursuit in order to move with their spouses to America. This made the H-1B visa unattractive, and that was how the H-4 visa work permit came to be.
The US lacks qualified workers in the STEM field. Getting qualified hands from abroad is the solution. This makes it unwise to withdraw the work permit is H-4 visa holders because their replacements will not be available.
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