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H-1B visa: What happened in US immigration this week?

Two decisions that made getting H-1B visas difficult have been put on hold for 60 days, awaiting review.

January 31, 2021 / 12:52 PM IST

The Biden administration is moving to reverse the protectionist policies of former President Donald Trump. Starting with signing the immigration bill on January 20, the administration has taken steps to ensure that some of the decisions on H-1B visa holders are rescinded.

These include the withdrawal of conditions that makes it tough to qualify for H-1B visa, a favourite among Indian techies. Two policies that changed H-1B rules—the selection of applications based on wages and increased wages for the visa holders—were put on hold for 60 days awaiting review.

There will clearly be more such reforms in the offing like doing away with the country cap for employment-based green cards, say experts.

However, the process will take months if not years to be implemented. In the meantime, American research group Brookings has suggested four ways the Biden administration can improve employment-based immigration in the US without the Congress.