These US companies employ the most H-1B visa holders

These US companies employ the most H-1B visa holders

President Trump said Friday that he is planning an overhaul to H-1B visas - which allow foreigners to work in the United States temporarily in specialty occupations - that could lead to American citizenship.

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. Trump, a Republican, has embraced changes to the immigration system to favor educated or highly skilled people. The total number of H-1B visas issued per year is officially capped at 85,000 per year, although as the Washington Free Beacon has previously reported, the actual number is substantially higher.

The proposal is created to increase the number of H-1B beneficiaries by 16 percent, or 5,340 more workers, who hold advanced degrees from American universities.

According to the proposed rules, companies employing workers on these visas would be required to electronically register with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services during a designated registration period.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Trump was referring to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the so-called Dreamers, illegal immigrants brought here as children who have seen their futures thrown into question after his decision to end the program past year.

What it means for tech: Big tech companies apply for H-1B visas on behalf of foreign-born workers to fill their talent shortages.

Canberra to decide Saudi's fate after United Nations refugee ruling
In a statement to 10 daily, a spokesperson for the department said it would consider her referral for resettlement in Australia. Surachate discussed Alqunun's situation on Tuesday with Saudi Charge d'Affaires in Thailand Abdalelah Mohammed A.

Trump issued the message on H-1B amid a government shutdown which resulted from an impasse with congressional Democrats, who are refusing to fund a security package for the southwest border that includes funds for constructing a barrier, Trump's signature campaign promise.

There has been no further comment from the President or the White House on what changes could be implemented, or when they may come into effect.

The statement comes amid heated debates over the Trump administration's immigration policy and the president's plans to build a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

Democrats call the proposed wall expensive, ineffective and immoral.

The United States grants 65,000 H-1B visas every year and an additional 20,000 visas for those with a master's degree or higher.

The President has said the wall will stem illegal immigration, and has long promised to deliver it after it was a key element of his campaign strategy. But the visa program has also drawn criticism for being used heavily by foreign outsourcing companies that squeeze out American firms.

Related Articles