Trump says changes com­ing on high-tech visas

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Wash­ing­ton — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump says changes are com­ing in the way that the U.S. han­dles tem­po­rary H1-B visas, which al­low Amer­i­can com­pa­nies to bring high-tech and other skilled work­ers from abroad.

Trump tweeted that those who hold the tem­po­rary H1-B visas can “rest as­sured” be­cause changes are com­ing that will bring “both sim­plic­ity and cer­tainty to your stay, in­clud­ing a po­ten­tial path to cit­i­zen­ship.”

Trump says the U.S. wants to en­cour­age tal­ented and highly skilled peo­ple to pur­sue ca­reers in the U.S. As a can­di­date, he promised to stop H-1B visas from be­ing used as a “cheap la­bor pro­gram.”

A draft pro­posal cir­cu­lated in Jan­uary to re­view reg­u­la­tions, find ways to al­lo­cate visas more ef­fi­ciently and en­sure that ben­e­fi­cia­ries are “the best and the bright­est.”

SUSAN WALSH/AP PHOTO

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Wash­ing­ton last week.

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