President suggests New Path to Citizenship for H-1B Visa holders
In an attempt to strike a deal with Democrats to end the ongoing government shutdown, now on its 25th day and standing firm that he will not agree to end the shutdown unless Congress
agrees to his demands and approve funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump has suggested that he is open to a new potential path to citizenship for H-1B workers.
The H-1B Visa for Immigration, is frequently used by companies in the U.S. to employ highly skilled foreign workers for specialized, in-demand jobs and has been criticized by the Trump administration that it displaces American workers.
The program grants 65,000 employment visas each year, plus an additional 20,000 for U.S. master’s degree holders, but the Trump administration’s eagerness to limit Immigration has added a measure of uncertainty for visa holders and the companies looking to employ them.
The president endorsed a bill in 2017 that would halve legal immigration over a decade.
While the measure would have shifted the immigration system to prize skills over family ties, it didn’t provide a new pathway to citizenship for H-1B workers.
In a recent tweet, the president highlighted the advantages of permitting “highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.”. So far no legislation has been endorsed and he would not be able to provide that through executive action.
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