Changes to the H-1B visa program aim to improve and streamline the H-1B visa allocation process by cutting down the administrative burden of application processing, as well as tilt the selection process in favor of those applicants holding U.S. master’s degrees. Two other proposed policy changes could limit the job prospects for international students and bar spouses of H-1B visa holders from receiving work authorization in the U.S.
These degrees cost money. The U.S. has over 44 million people who owe an average of $29,000 in student loans, exceeding $1.5 trillion in combined student loan debt. With this in mind, why would the federal government, through an executive order no less, implement the F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Visa, which allows over 250,000 foreign students to remain in the U.S. and work in STEM jobs? Moreover, why would the federal government give financial incentives to hire these foreign students over American students with the degrees and skills?
On Friday, June 7, 2019, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019. The bill provides a path for international students studying at a U.S. institution for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) advanced degrees to stay and work in the U.S. by exempting students who have criteria-approved job offers from the Green Card cap.
Effective April 1, there will be new rules governing the H-1B visa, which U.S. tech companies use to hire skilled workers from overseas. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the new rules Wednesday. Starting April 1, USCIS will select H-1B applicants from one pool. In the past, they were separated into the regular application group and applicants with advanced degrees applying for an exception to the cap of visas awarded each year.
U.S. immigrant children are more likely than US.-born children to study and pursue careers in STEM fields, a new study by Duke University and Stanford finds. The researchers attribute these findings to the immigrant children’s comparative advantage in non-English-intensive subjects and comparative disadvantage in English-intensive subjects.
President Donald Trump told H-1B visa holders to “rest assured” because “changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty” to their status in the United States in a tweet early Friday. But it’s unclear whether the revisions he has in store will put the minds of the 85,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. on skilled work visas each year at ease.
The Trump administration plans to shorten the length of validity for some visas issued to Chinese citizens, the State Department said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump works to counter alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing.
Those loopholes have been created by Congress, the courts, regulations, and bureaucrats, often as new “human rights,” and usually without recognition by the media or by voters that their overall migration laws are being changed. The resulting complexity of immigration law baffles voters, but can easily be exploited by companies and immigration lawyers.
Many foreign STEM graduates enrolled with OPT after executive actions in 2008 and 2016 initially doubled (29 months), then later tripled (36 months), the maximum length of employment for foreign students with STEM degrees. The number of foreign STEM graduates participating in OPT grew by 400% since the first employment extension was introduced in 2008.
President Donald Trump’s $200 billion infrastructure plan lacks specifics but the promise of “gleaming new roads, bridges, highways, railways and waterways” across America would certainly spur growth for those who work in construction.