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U.S. to undertake comprehensive review of H-1b visa program

Tech workers seeking to enter the U.S. on a temporary work visa received unsurprising, but still disappointing, news recently. President Trump on Tuesday, April 18, announced an executive order that would ask federal agencies to review and offer recommendations for an H-1b visa program reform.

President Trump fell short of calling for a complete elimination of the program. His remarks did imply a strong desire for a significant revision of current policy on H-1b visas.

Tech sector keeping a close eye

Many H-1b visas currently go toward workers in the tech sector. India is currently the largest supplier of tech workers to the U.S. Critics of the H-1b visa, which include lawmakers from both Democrats and Republicans, argue that the H-1b visa program is bringing down wages across the U.S.

President Trump also argued against the current lottery system in the H-1b visa program. Instead, the president feels that highly skilled work visas should go to the most educated and skilled foreign workers, rather than through a lottery system of eligible applicants, as is done now.

The popularity of the H-1b visa has not diminished, despite the rhetoric of the current administration. The cap on H-1b visas was reached after only 4 days.

Questions about work visas?

There are currently no changes to the H-1b visa program. President Trump’s executive order is simply a review of the existing order. However, changes to the law could certainly be upcoming, and those interested in securing a work visa to the U.S. should pay attention to how the situation develops.

If you have questions about work visas or other immigration matters, contact an experienced immigration law attorney to discuss your specific circumstances.

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