President Trump suspended H1B Visa till the end of 2020 & order permanent changes to the H1B visa lottery system.
President Trump implementing new regulations that will temporarily halt H1B Visa and some other types of guest worker visas and make permanent changes to the H-1B visa program.
H-1B visas will also no longer be issued via a lottery system. Instead, the visas will be issued to the company with the top salary offers.
President Donald Trump has ordered his deputies to stop companies from using H-1B workers as substitutes for American graduates with the help of new regulations.
The draft regulation says 85,000 H-1B visas will be given to the companies that offer the highest salaries, and it says all
H-1B employees must be paid above median wages.
Trump’s aim is that as rehiring starts after coronavirus economic hit, companies shall hire American workers first,” said an official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In April 2020, Trump signed an executive order preventing the issuance of new green cards for 60 days. This new order extends that guidance till December 31, 2020, and also temporarily suspends the issuance of new visas including
H-1B Visa and some other visas such as the J-1 and L-1.
The unemployment rate although dropped slightly but is still significantly higher than the February rate of 3.5 percent.
According to the acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the new regulations are expected to open up 500,000 jobs for Americans between now and the end of the year.
President Trump wants to accelerate the rehiring of Americans and has instructed DHS to make some long term changes that are going in the direction of a merit-based system.
One notable change is the elimination of loopholes that allows companies to replace American workers with H1B visa recipients. For example, Disney was accused of forcing high-skilled American workers to train their foreign replacements, who were given much lower salaries.
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