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H-1B visa applications down for first time in four years

Alfredo Watts | 19 April, 2017, 05:57

Each year on April 1, a fresh cap for H-1B visa applications is opened by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Indian Tech companies are reducing the number of applications H1-B Visa. And undoubtedly, 2017 elections are the reason for this. Some work is often done in India, but in many cases Indians are sent to the United States to carry out the work. He plans to sign an executive order Tuesday that will make it more hard for tech companies to replace American workers with cheaper foreign labor.

US President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would tighten the process of issuing the H-1B visas and seek a review of the system for creating an "entirely new structure" for awarding these visas.

Last year, for the 2017 fiscal year, USCIS received more than 236,000 H-1B petitions.

Lawrence said it will be hard to know what contributed to lower numbers until there's more data.

The agency announced the closure of the process for 2018 on Monday with the lottery that has been in the crosshairs of the programme's critics who believe it's being abused to outsource American jobs and to offshore them eventually. The vast majority of H-1B employers use the program properly, benefiting the USA economy.

That order, leaked copies of which were circulated among media outlets in February, never came. To the extent those changes would cut back on the use of the program by India-based IT companies, it would benefit Silicon Valley giants that say they'd like to hire more employees on H-1B visas. That threw off a lot of companies, who did not want to wait. And that ruled out a large number of low-grade H-1B applicants who would have barely qualified earlier but were definitely barred now.

"A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a USA visa, which is placed in the traveler's passport, a travel document issued by the traveler's country of citizenship".

"Some IT firms in India announced they were reducing the number of lower-experienced workers they were filing petitions for, meaning more of those jobs will stay in India rather than being relocated to the U.S".