Trump bars H-1B visa offering on lottery system; gives priority to skills and higher wages

  • According to USCIS data, they had received around 2.5 lakh H-1B work visa applications as of April 1, 2020, out of which Indians applied for 67 percent (1.84 lakh)
  • The wage level ranking will occur first for the regular cap selection and then for the advanced degree exemption

After several alterations, exiting President Donald Trump has again amended H-1B visa rules by offering priority to skills and higher wages rather than keeping the current lottery system for selecting employees to work in the United States.

After appearing in the federal register, the new policy will be applicable for all in the coming two months. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in accordance with the new policy will at first select registrations where the “proffered wage equals or exceeds” in the domain of employment.

The Trump administration at first announced several exemptions in the H-1B and L-1 travel ban last year, but a couple of days back, the President proclaimed to extend the ban on traveling to the US for jobs and issuing green cards until March 31. The visa restriction has been announced by the administration back in April 2020, which was implemented in June.

The DHS said in a press conference, “The proffered wage is the wage that the employer intends to pay the beneficiary. The wage level ranking will occur first for the regular cap selection and then for the advanced degree exemption.”

Currently, the US government offers 85,000 H-1B visa approvals out of which 65,000 are entitled to specialty occupations, while the rest are meant for those employees who have completed Masters or other higher education degrees in the US. The selection of visas was carried out by a random lottery system that does not count imperative factors such as experience, wage, or other additional requirements. According to the American authority, a huge portion of these shares belongs to the Indians only because the number of visa applications from people and India is much higher than any other country.

For an instance, according to USCIS data they had received around 2.5 lakh H-1B work visa applications as of April 1, 2020. Out of these applications, Indians applied for 67 percent (1.84 lakh) of these visas.

President Donald Trump while taking oath had mentioned that the current visa system will be carefully scrutinized and might be amended so that system is not misused by private firms that were continuing to pay a minimum wage to the American employees and also creating a scarcity of jobs among the countrymen.

In an effort to put off Chinese and Indian firms, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee back in November 2020, passed legislation with equal votes to escalated the minimum yearly wage of H-1B visa holders to $90,000 from $60,000.

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