Major Changes to H-1B Program

By: Devin Connolly

The Trump administration announced that they are making major changes to the H-1B visa program. It is the H-1B visa program that allows high-skilled foreign nationals to legally live and work in the U.S.

The major changes include the following –

– The Department of Labor will require U.S. employers to pay H-1B workers significantly higher wages.

– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require H-1B applicants to have a college degree in the specific field in which they will be working.

– There will be an expansion of compliance enforcement to prevent the H-1B visa program from being abused.

– H-1B workers hired through a third-party company will only granted an H-1B visa that is valid for one year.

These changes threaten to completely revamp the H-1B visa program. The Trump administration is stating that the changes are necessary to protect American workers, but there are many people who seriously doubt that will be accomplished. In fact, there is a lot of concern that the primary effect of these changes will be to harm U.S. companies that rely on foreign-born workers to drive innovation and growth.