H-1B visa programme allows United States employers, which include Indian companies with American operations such as TCS and Infosys, to hire foreigners for speciality professions to make up for the shortage of locally available hands. "I can completely understand how frustrating that would be to the employer", the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Francis Cissna, said in August previous year.
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.
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.
The Republican president has often said he wanted an immigration system that favoured educated or highly skilled people.
"We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the United States". US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) directed questions about it to the White House, and a response was awaited. Trump and Congress are deadlocked over how to fund the border wall, one of his key 2016 campaign promises.
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.
While Trump typically depicts undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers attempting to enter the country through Mexico as criminals and terrorists, he frequently praises those applying for H-1B visas, which require a bachelor's degree or higher.
Last month, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told lawmakers that the U.S. should "endeavour to select the very best" among the applicants under the H-1B foreign work visa programme.
During the campaign, Mr. Trump proposed increasing the prevailing wage paid to H-1B visa holders in an effort to force companies to give entry-level jobs to an existing pool of unemployed workers in the USA, instead of bringing in cheaper workers from overseas.
"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. Only the headline has been changed.