H1B Visa : What will be the next move of Trump?
Donald Trump, the President-elect of the United States, has said in the past that India-US ties will have a “phenomenal future” with his government. But he’s also said that H1B visas were “decimating” US workers. H1B visas are, of course, used by US companies to hire skilled workers from India and other countries.
- Trump has talked tough on the H1B program, saying he’ll “end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program.”
- He has also recognized America’s need for high skilled foreign workers. He also specifically mentioned Indian students while saying smart foreign students educated in the US should be allowed to remain there.
“He has both acknowledged the importance of allowing high tech companies to access global talent, while also pointing out potential flaws and misuse of the H1-B visa programme.
His administration may seek some changes to the H1-B visa requirements but is unlikely to do away with the programme completely,” Lisa Curtis of the Heritage Foundation, a top American think-tank said.
what is Mr.Trump previous statement?
In October last year, Trump said he was in favor of bringing skilled foreign workers into the US, as long as they come legally.
Then in March this year, he averred: “We need highly skilled people in this country and if we can’t do it, we get them in…And in Silicon Valley we absolutely have to have.”
Later that same month, Trump even specifically mentioned Indians while saying smart foreign students educated in the US should be allowed to remain there.
At the same time, Trump has advocated increasing the prevailing wage paid to H1B workers to put pressure on US companies to hire domestic talent.
H1B workers are “temporary foreign workers, imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers at lower pay,” the report quoted him as saying.
“I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program,” he said.
Trump has also proposed that American companies that use visas like the H1B be required to hire American workers before hiring foreigners.
India’s IT hub
India’s $146 billion IT industry depends heavily on the US government’s H1B program.
Earlier this year, the US government was believed to have received a staggering 2,50,000 H1B visa applications for the 2017 financial year.
mostly from Indian IT firms or from companies with a major presence in India, PTI reported.
Now the whole world is awaiting for upcoming year and Trump announcement related to this H1B visa.