Trump says massive visa overhaul could lead to United States citizenship

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 11, 2019

US President Donald Trump said Friday that he will change the H1-B visa system for professionals to ensure "certainty" and a path to citizenship for those on the visa.

President Donald Trump says changes are coming in the way that the US handles temporary H1-B visas, which allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the USA from overseas. "We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.", Trump said in an early morning tweet. But it's unclear whether the revisions he has in store will put the minds of the 85,000 immigrants brought to the US on skilled work visas each year at ease. The White House did not immediately comment on what kind of changes Trump was considering.

The H-1B visa, most sought-after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows USA companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

Trump and Democrats in the US Congress are at an impasse over spending legislation to fund the federal government. Trump has refused to sign on to a bill unless it includes $5.6 billion to build a wall along the country's southern border to prevent illegal immigration by migrants.

And, two, change the processing procedures to clear more applicant masters and higher academic qualification, which would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 % (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a USA institution of higher education.

H-1B visa-holders are often sponsored by their employers for permanent residency (better known as Green Card), which is a step away from citizenship.

Competition is tough for the temporary visas.

In April 2017, President Donald Trump ordered the attorney general and the secretaries of state, labor, and Homeland Security to propose reforms to the H-1B visa system.

Trump campaigned for president on a promise to crack down on immigrants, who he said took jobs away from United States citizens.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump proposed increasing the prevailing wage paid to the visa holders in an effort to force companies to give entry-level jobs to an existing pool of unemployed workers.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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