Trump administration tightens H-1B visa program

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The Trump administration introduced restrictions on H-1B visas on Tuesday. 

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The H-1B visa for high-skilled workers can be topic to new restrictions by the Departments of Labor and Homeland Safety (DHS), the Trump administration stated Tuesday. The foundations are designed to shut loopholes that allow US employers substitute American staff with “low-cost international labor,” it famous.

The Labor Department rule forces employers to pay H-1B holders extra, whereas the DHS one requires international staff to have a level within the “specialty occupation” they apply for (versus any school diploma). The previous comes into impact Thursday, and the latter rule is predicted to be enforced in two months, CBS News reported.

In June, President Donald Trump halted the issuance of labor visas, together with the H-1B, by way of an executive order because of the coronavirus pandemic. That earned criticism from tech firms like Fb, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, since about three-quarters of 85,000 allotted H-1B visas every year go to individuals working within the know-how business.

None of these 4 firms instantly responded to a request for touch upon the brand new restrictions.

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Sean Keane