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Old November 4th, 2017, 12:03 PM
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Post H-1B Reform Still Lingers for Trumpís White House

H-1B Reform Still Lingers for Trumpís White House



Almost one year into Trumpís presidency, his administrationís promise of H-1B reform remains incomplete, despite the White Houseís proposals to tighten processing standards.

A bipartisan bill introduced earlier this year tried to prevent abuse of H-1B visas. But according to records, the Keeping American Jobs Act is being shuffled between committees, and now sits with the subcommittee on immigration and border security.

That progress is a lot slower than many would like. Last year, then-candidate Donald Trump said that he would end the use of H-1B ďas a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program.Ē

Rather than sweeping change, however, the past year has seen a few policy tweaks and executive orders. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) branch of the Department of Homeland Security has made renewal of an H-1B or L1 visa harder; the burden of proof for eligibility is now on the petitioner. According to the new policy, renewing a visa is much the same as getting one in the first place:

The previous policy instructed immigration officers to defer to the findings of a previously approved petition, as long as the key elements were unchanged and there was no evidence of a material error or fraud related to the prior determination. The updated policy guidance rescinds the previous policy.

Furthermore, the government may curtail a program that allows roughly 45,000 new foreign students to work in a STEM position for up to three years following graduation. This initiative, known as STEM OPT and meant as a hands-on externship (of sorts), began under President George W. Bush in 2008 and was continued by the Obama administration. That doesnít directly affect the H-1B program (in fact, STEM OPT was designed for those who couldnít obtain H-1B status), but it does show the current administration chipping away at the current immigration setup.

As the government stalls on Obamacare changes and a new tax plan, H-1B reform (a hot-button issue for many in tech) is on the back-burner. Whatever happens, itís not going to be popular among certain groups. Some feel H-1B is actually helping everyone, while others want fewer co-workers brought in from overseas. And given everything thatís going on (including the ever-growing threat of Muellerís Russia probe finding its way to the President), it seems unlikely that reform will come before the end of the year.

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Re: H-1B Reform Still Lingers for Trumpís White House

This is what I’m seeing and my predictions..

1. Most f-1 opt students who got picked in h-1b lottery .. got wage level rfe’s (request for evidence) and going back home or studying further or exploring other options. US will see sharp decline in students from India, China from Spring 2018 onwards.. better to try Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, etc

2. H-1B reform will hurt both Indian IT as well as big corps of USA pretty bad.. anyways, due to Trump the big companies are starting to cut spending .. never knowing what will happen next.. we are heading into recession by mid to end of next year.. so hold on tight, it’s gonna be a rough ride.
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Re: H-1B Reform Still Lingers for Trumpís White House

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This is what Iím seeing and my predictions..

1. Most f-1 opt students who got picked in h-1b lottery .. got wage level rfeís (request for evidence) and going back home or studying further or exploring other options. US will see sharp decline in students from India, China from Spring 2018 onwards.. better to try Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, etc

2. H-1B reform will hurt both Indian IT as well as big corps of USA pretty bad.. anyways, due to Trump the big companies are starting to cut spending .. never knowing what will happen next.. we are heading into recession by mid to end of next year.. so hold on tight, itís gonna be a rough ride.
H1B is going to be a cause of concern for Silicon Valley. I live here and I know. The insanely complicated and long Green Card process not only deprives good engineers from planning their life here but also prevents them from changing jobs and working for the best companies. Entrepreneurship goes out the door because you can have a great idea but you cannot execute on it as you are on H1B.
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Re: H-1B Reform Still Lingers for Trumpís White House

The new proposal is for the US to have a skill based immigration.

Actually this is already present in some commonwealth countries like Australia and New Zealand. I think Canada also has this system.

You have to have certain skills and each skill is given some points. You need to have certain number of points to apply for immigration. By skills, its not just computer software skills.
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Re: H-1B Reform Still Lingers for Trumpís White House

Points system sounds better, although if not properly vetted out, we will have same kind of long backlogs.. also, I donít think itís country specific.. so the insanely long backlog for Indian queue of employment based Green Card may still take some time to clear up. As long as it shortens the wait a bit and rewards points for my STEM masters from US.
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