Trump tweeted Friday that those who hold the temporary H1-B visas can "rest assured" because changes are coming that will bring "both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship".
President Donald Trump on Friday said he is planning changes to H-1B visas, which are issued temporarily to highly educated immigrants so they can work in specialty occupations, that would create simplicity, certainty and a possibility that the workers could become USA citizens.
Also, simplifying a path to citizenship for H1-B visa holders would nearly certainly need congressional approval.
The Republican president has often said he wanted an immigration system that favoured educated or highly skilled people.More news: Donald Trump weighs in on Jeff Bezos' divorce: ‘I wish him luck’
The H-1B is non-immigrant visa that allows US employers to hire graduate-level workers in specialty occupations, like IT, finance, accounting, architecture, engineering, science and medicine.
What's changing: Trump may be referring to a proposed rule introduced in December. Trump and Congress are deadlocked over how to fund the border wall, one of his key 2016 campaign promises.
Democrats say the wall project, which carries a total price tag of more than $20 billion, is expensive, ineffective and immoral.
The announcement of a revision in H1-B visa rules comes at a time when the USA government has reached the 21st day of shutdown on Friday, with no solution of reopening the government in the near future.More news: Dozens of Seals Were Trapped Ashore in a City in Canada
In the first two years of his presidency, Trump administration made it tough for the H-1B visa holders over their overstay, extension and issuing of new visa to them. The visas are heavily used in the tech sector. That would force companies to consider unemployed US workers for entry-level jobs instead of bringing in workers from overseas.
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 U.S. institution of higher education.
"This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program", the Trump campaign wrote in an August 2015 immigration platform.
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