A recent proposal made by the Trump administration demands that changes be made in the application process for the H-1B visa. This new proposal has attracted a lot of attention and sparked debates as well. The introduction of this proposal is inspired by Trump's agenda for companies to “Buy American, Hire American.”
What is the H-1B visa?
The US H-1B visa is a temporary visa introduced under the US Immigration and Nationality Act. This visa allows foreign professionals to be employed in the US and work under a recognized specialty occupation.
Specialty occupations are the ones that require a prospective worker to have a bachelor's degree or experience in any particular field. The H-1B visa has a 3-year validity and after its expiration, can be renewed for another three years. This particular feature paves the way for holders of this visa to be eligible for US citizenship. Again, the provisions of this visa are attractive to students who would like to continue their lives in the US after graduation.
The H-1B visa has a reputation for having a complicated application process and consequently, difficult to obtain. For this reason, not all who are eligible and applied for it, get it. It doesn't matter whether the applicant has their employer as their sponsor because, at the end of the day, it is a thing of the luck of the draw.
Before now, certain degrees were favored for this H1-B visa, thereby slimming down the chances for applicants who do not have the preferred degrees. The idea behind this was to fill the employment gaps in those fields.
The new changes would make it difficult for tech companies that look forward to getting workers through this visa scheme to actually hire foreign skilled experts from countries like India.
Facebook, Google, and some other tech giants hire skilled workers every year through the H-1B visa scheme.
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