Donald Trump signs executive order to reform H-1B visas

Al Jazeera reports on Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order demanding changes to the H-1B visa program. However, this executive order is an overly simple solution to a complex problem, and it limiting temporary work visas to boost US employment rates could have the opposite effect.

 

Immigrants account for a disproportionately large share of start-ups and patents in the United States, and for every H-1B position requested, U.S. tech companies increase their employment by five workers. Cutting the H-1B program pushes talented immigrants to look elsewhere, and this administration risks hurting the U.S. economy by accelerating the existing problem of off-shoring work and talent to other countries.

Indian IT Outsourcers Anxious Over Potential Changes To H1-B Visas

Indian IT Outsourcers Anxious Over Potential Changes To H1-B Visas

NPR’s All Things Considered covers the H1-B visa program, its controversies, and potential changes from Congress and the Trump administration. The draft executive order, if implemented, would initiate a review of the H1-B program but likely have no direct, immediate impact. However, is it a good idea to send a strong signal that we no longer like foreign workers — we’re all about only U.S. workers?

Learn more at http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/02/14/515232929/indian-it-outsourcers-anxious-over-potential-changes-to-h1-b-visas

US President Donald Trump’s draft exec order worries Indian IT

US President Donald Trump’s draft exec order worries Indian IT

A leaked draft of an Executive Order proposes changes to H-1B and L-1 work visas. Executive Orders don’t change laws themselves, but they can call for stricter enforcement or propose changes to current laws. This EO sets a new tone by increasing the priority of finding jobs for US workers over letting in foreign workers.

Read more on the Times of India:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/us-president-donald-trumps-draft-exec-order-worries-indian-it/articleshow/56905348.cms

Trump, tech tycoons talk overhaul of H1B visas

Trump, tech tycoons talk overhaul of H1B visas

Recently, Reuters published a story analyzing our current H-1B visa system and changes Trump may wish to make. I weighed in on what would be necessary for the changes to take place.

While Trump could initiate some changes to the visa program with executive action, significant shifts would likely need to go through a lengthy formal rule-making process, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration expert at Cornell Law School. Major changes would likely be subject to court challenges, he said.

Other reforms, like changing the visa cap or offering more green cards to high-tech workers, could require Congressional action, Yale-Loehr said.

Read the full Reuters article.