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By Rakesh K Singh

Usually, during the intense and emotional debates about US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, H-1B visa, which is a non-immigrant visa that is created to allow US firms to employ foreign nationals in specialty occupations in the United States for a specific period, tends to be unnoticed.

As the Trump administration has intensified its review and assessment of H1B applications, media reports say that several tech professionals find the procedure of submitting an application for and obtaining H-1B visas to be gradually challenging and tough under Trump’s administration.

Recent modifications in the procedures and the process of applying for and getting H-1B visas have put petitioners in a heave, and, under the Trump administration, the H-1B visa program has turned out to be more intricate for technology firms, which hire some of the highest numbers of H-1B visa holders and foreign nationals.

Significantly,  the stance toward immigrants has shifted in the United States under Trump and the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order. Moreover, as Trump increases his protectionist moves, a number of foreign tech workers, interested in working in the US,  ponder what they should do; as filing procedures for H-1B applications are more difficult  for petitioners as well as companies.

Most of the H-1B  tech workers come to the United States from India as well as China. Trump’s protectionist agenda has limited the interest of tech professionals who come to work in the United States on non-immigrant H1-B visa, which is a significant source of officially permitted, competent workers for America’s economy.

Also,  increased scrutiny of H1B applications, delays in granting and renewing visas as well as the build-up of green card applications from foreign tech workers also make it extremely insecure for them to attempt to change employments.

Experts express that modifications to the application procedure for H-1B visas may prevent competent and proficient tech professionals from getting employment in the United States, and  have cautioned that a more restricted H-1B program might compel foreign workers to look for prospects in other nations, which have more appealing immigration rules and regulations. See for example
https://qz.com/india/1560797/trumps-h-1b-crackdown-is-hurting-indian-techies-more-than-ever/

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