Barely a week before elections, the Trump administration is doing its utmost to make securing H-1B visas tough at all levels. This time, the administration has targeted the H-1B applicants’ selection process, proposing to make it wage-based, instead of the lottery system, which is the norm. The new proposal was made by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on October 28.
Earlier, on October 6, the US government announced two rules aimed at increasing H-1B wages and tightening the visa norms, to protect American jobs by making it difficult to import foreign labour. A majority of these workers are Indians.
According to immigration experts, the proposed rule for H-1B selection would harm IT firms, with smaller companies getting hit the most. Not all companies will be willing to pay high for entry-level talents, thus impacting the job prospects of foreign students as well.
So what does the proposed rule change?