Trump promises citizenship path for skilled workers

US President Donald Trump Promises Changes To H-1B Visas

The H-1B visa allows foreigners to work in the United States for three years, with options to renew their stay.

"H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship", Mr. Trump tweeted.

What's changed already: The federal government has already made changes to its H-1B approval practices with significant results, part of a broader effort to bridal the legal immigration system.

Almost 400,000 foreign guest workers, including more than 300,000 Indian professionals, are stuck in what is called H1-B limbo, their route to permanent residency and citizenship squeezed by country-specific quotes and the obsessive focus on resolving the illegal immigration issue at the expense of the legal immigration gridlock. Holders are also eligible to be sponsored by their employers for legal permanent residency, which would make them eligible to become U.S. citizens. Trump had said previous year that his administration plans to overhaul the program. The duration of stay is limited to three or six years, and the law limits the number which can be issued across the USA each year. Any job that requires workers to have at least a bachelor's degree falls under the H-1B for specialty occupations.

Much Indian support in the USA for president Trump is premised on his pledge to reform the immigration system that many experts say discriminates against those to come to the country legally while favoring illegal immigrants who are beneficiaries of various amnesty and regularization programs. The White House did not immediately comment on what kind of changes Trump was considering. In 2018, the United States hit the limit on the number of H-1B visas it could issue, 65,000, by the first week of April, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Under the proposed rule, companies seeking foreign workers on H-1B visa - under the Congressional mandated annual caps - would first have to electronically register with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period.

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Trump campaigned for president on a promise to crack down on immigrants, who he said took jobs away from USA citizens.

The Trump administration, she said, has stepped up its measures to detect employment-based visa fraud and abuse, but certain non-immigrant visa programmes need reform in order to protect American workers better.

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