Trump Says He's Eyeing Citizenship Path in Worker Visa Program

Lamar Ellis
January 12, 2019

It was unclear what Trump meant by a "potential path to citizenship" for H-1B visa holders, who already are eligible to be sponsored by employers for legal permanent residency, which would then make them eligible to become USA citizens.

President Trump floated a "potential path to citizenship" for H1-B visa holders in an early Friday morning tweet, as the partial government shutdown is set to become the longest shutdown on record.

H1-B visa, which is availed by a large number of Indians, is said to be simplified.

Trump has vowed to fix issues with the H-1B visa system and ordered federal agencies to come up with proposals for reforming it.

"H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship". Trump had said past year that his administration plans to overhaul the program. Any job that requires workers to have at least a bachelor's degree falls under the H-1B for specialty occupations.

The dispute, which pits the White House against Democrats in Congress, has led to one of the longest government shutdowns in U.S. history.

Immigration authorities have also pledged to revise the requirements to qualify for an H-1B visa in an effort to curb abuse and move to a more merit-based system.

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The proposal is created to increase by 5,340, or 16 per cent, the number of H-1B beneficiaries who hold advanced degrees from American universities.

But after seeing Trump's tweet Friday, he said that the "administration has used every tool at its disposal to restrict legal immigration across the board" and "it's no wonder that many companies and immigrants believe that the H-1B program is under siege".

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And, two, change the processing procedures to clear more applicant masters and higher academic qualification, which would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 % (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a USA institution of higher education. The dispute has led to a partial shutdown of the US government that is now in its 21st day.

According to a report from Financial Express, Amazon, Microsoft, Intel and Google were among the top 10 employers for approved H-1B visas in 2017.

Trump's major announcement on H-1B visas - through twitter, without any further details - comes as part of his known preference to attract and retain best talent in the US.

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