Mod­est praise for US H-1B visa re­forms

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World -

WASHINGTON: The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s new rules for a US visa pro­gramme widely used for tech­nol­ogy work­ers in­clud­ing from In­dia are get­ting cau­tious praise from Sil­i­con Val­ley amid surg­ing de­mand for high-skill em­ploy­ees.

The H-1B visa pro­gramme, which ad­mits some 85,000 for­eign na­tion­als each year, will give higher pri­or­ity to people with post­grad­u­ate de­grees from US uni­ver­si­ties, un­der a fi­nal rule pub­lished in Jan­uary by the depart­ment of home­land se­cu­rity. The changes come with the tech in­dus­try plead­ing for more im­mi­grants to fill key skilled po­si­tions, and re­sponds in part of con­cerns that the pro­gram has been ex­ploited by some tech gi­ants and out­sourc­ing firms to de­press wages and dis­place US em­ploy­ees.

“The changes are, on the whole, a pos­i­tive step in the right di­rec­tion,” said Todd Schulte of the im­mi­gra­tion re­form group FWD.US backed by Face­book founder Mark Zucker­berg, Mi­crosoft founder Bill Gates and oth­ers in the in­dus­try. AFP

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