It is an alert as the US President Donald Trump administration has said that it is coming out with new proposals regarding revision of the definition of specialty occupations under H-1B visas and definition of employment under this foreign work visa category which is popular among Indian companies. It is part of the Unified Fall Agenda of the Trump administration. Know more.
Impact of this move
This move will badly impact the functioning of Indian IT companies in the US. In fact, small and medium-sized contractual companies in the IT sector, which are mostly owned by Indian Americans will also suffer.
Revision of rules for H1B visa
It is informed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that by January 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal.
It will revise definition of specialty occupation for obtaining the best and brilliant foreign nationals via the H-1B programme. The changes will be made in the definition of employment and employer-employee relationship. This will aim at protecting US workers and wages. The rules will also be made so that employers pay appropriate wages to H-1B visa holders. These revisions are considered in order to retain jobs of Americans
There are proposals to revise H-4 visas. These visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.
DHS is also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorization.
It is also observed that demand for H-1B visas has often exceeded the numerical limitation. Hence, it is proposed to establish an electronic registration programme for such applications.