Trump plans to reform H-1B visa program

Washington: A proposal released by the United States Department of Homeland Security said it would increase the number of higher level degree holders among the H-1B visa recipients, further making the registration process online.

H-1B is a three-year work visa that can be renewed for another three years. Many companies, especially tech firms, use this to fill their workforces with trained talents that they can’t find at home.

65,000 H-1B are granted every year, apart from which, 20,000 are reserved for people holding higher degrees from US higher education institutions.

Following the changes, all registrations will be first applied to the regular cap of 65,000 after which the US Citizenship and Immigration Services would select from the remaining to fill the degree cap, reported CNN.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spokesman Michael Bars in a statement to CNN Business informed that the new process could increase the advanced degree holders in H-1B by 16 per cent, leading to more inward migration of the best and brightest workers.

USCIS also said that making the registration process online would decrease costs for applicants by cutting down on paperwork and further help in making the process more efficient for the government.