Friday, April 7, 2017

Trump Takes Direct Aim At H-1B Visa Program With Rule Changes

Zero Hedge 

Earlier this year a Trump draft executive order on foreign worker visas was leaked to the press and revealed the administration's intention to craft legislation prioritizing “the interests of American workers and — to the maximum degree possible — the jobs, wages, and well-being of those workers.”  That executive order was never issued, but it appears that some of the ideas it contained are now winding their way through the Trump administration.

With the press overly focused on "Russian hacking," while also eagerly trying to put out the Susan Rice fire, they completely missed rules changes implemented by the Department of Homeland Security taking direct aim at tech companies and their excessive use of the H-1B program.  Per The Hill:

Without fanfare, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday issued a policy memo that would make it harder for companies to fill computer programmer positions with workers on H-1B visas. The memo stated that being a computer programmer is no longer sufficient to qualify as a “specialty occupation.”


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