The Trump administration has been acting fiercely towards the suspension of temporary work visas in the category of H-1B visas, which is related to skilled foreign workers. In their opinion, the foreign workers are taking away jobs from the Americans. It is reported that more than half a million H-1B visas have been issued so far.
It is estimated that nearly 358,000 green card approvals per year could be blocked by these new rules. Green card applications applied from abroad would also be blocked through the presidential proclamation. The new rules are implied to be favoring immigration from Western Europe. Although the chances of sustaining these policies are slim because of court challenges.
Companies are using this visa category to employ people from foreign countries and replacing the existing American workforce. This is putting great pressure on the administration to find jobs for this downsized American workforce. Generally, the tech industry and its related industries have been employing people from India, China, and Latin America in a special skilled workforce category.
The Trump administration is firm on their opinion of narrowing down the definitions of “Specialty Occupation”, to restrict the number of foreign workers coming into America and replace the real American workforce. Furthermore, the new rules will also restrict the time limit of skilled workforce visas to one year, and higher remuneration obligation to the company requesting for H-1B visas. The department of Homeland Security and Labor Department are committed to economic security along with territorial security. “The DHS rule will affect over one-third of the H-1B petitions” acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli told reporters. “I cannot overstate how big a deal this is.”