US President Trump Administration will reform the immigration system to prioritise the highest-skilled workers and “protect American jobs”, by offering the H-1B visa only to those offered the highest wage.
New Delhi: United States President Donald Trump on Monday temporarily suspended H-1B visa system till the end of the current year in order to “reform” and move in the direction of merit-based immigration. Also Read – Will it Affect Indian Workers? Trump Soon to Announce Restrictions on H-1B Visas
“Moving to a merit-based immigration system,” the White House announced during a statement soon after President Trump issued a proclamation to temporarily suspend H-1B and other work visas till the top of the year. Also Read – Trump Again Blames China For COVID-19, Terms it Kung Flu’
In his proclamation, the US President Trump said that the overall unemployment rate in the United States nearly quadrupled between February and May of 2020 – resulting in few of the most extreme unemployment rates recorded in the States by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Also Read – ‘It’s a Very Tough Situation’: Trump Says US Trying to Help Out India And China | Watch
According to the statement, the Trump Administration will reform the immigration system to prioritise the highest-skilled workers and “protect American jobs”, by offering the H-1B visa only to those offered the highest wage.
These reforms will help protect the wages of American workers and ensure that foreign labour entering our country is highly skilled and does not undercut the United States labour market, the White House noted.
However, the suspension will not affect those immigrants who are already in the US on an existing visa.
Notably, President Trump’s proclamation also suspends the L1 visas, that aided in intra-company transfer, as well as, J1 visas, which are widely used by doctors and researchers who are transferred.
The decision has been highly criticised by the corporate sector, who feel that it will hit innovation, President Trump push investment and economic activity abroad, slow growth, and reduce job creation for people in the Americas.
“Restrictive changes to our nation’s immigration system will push investment and economic activity abroad, slow growth, and reduce job creation,” said Thomas Donohue, CEO people Chambers of Commerce.
“Today’s proclamation may be a severe and sweeping decide to restrict legal immigration.
Putting up a not welcome’ sign for engineers, executives, IT experts, doctors, nurses and other workers won’t help our country, it’ll hold us back,” he said.