Published on : Tuesday, December 26, 2017
There will be an electronic registration for visas that will be subjected to an annual cap of 85,000-65,000 for foreigners coming from abroad.
For foreigners with advanced degrees from the US colleges and universities there will be an annual cap of 20,000.
This is bound to bring a difference to the high specialty occupation it applied to.
There will be a random selection of beneficiary employers from among those registered through an electronic lottery by the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) which operates the H-1B visa programme.
However, it was initially unclear that it will be easier or difficult for the US employers that will be inclusive of the subsidiaries like the IT giants Infosys, TCS and Wipro to hire H-1B workers.
It was estimated that 70% of H-1B workers come from India.
DHS (department of homeland security )— the parent ministry of the USCIS had proposed the per-registration rule in its regulatory plan for 2018 filed earlier this month.
The operational details will be available till the rule gets published in the federal register.
The administration was planning to withdraw an Obama-era rule that allowed work-permits to spouses of H-1B visa-holders who are awaiting permanent residency also known as green card.
Trump administration’s focus on preserving American jobs for Americans under the Buy American, Hire American objective will turn more effective.
DHS further plans to propose a rule that would revise the definition of specialty occupation.
It will increase the focus on gathering the best and brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B program.
This is expected to revise the definition of employment and employer-employee relationship that will protect US workers and wages.
It was interpreted by the specialty immigration firms during the selection of application, priority would be given to those with highest salaries.
This was intended to prevent US employers from hiring foreigners for low-paying jobs that could easily be filled.