H-1B News – June 2018

H-1B News – June 2018

H-1B News – June 2018

No big changes in H-1B Visa coming

H-1B News time at Work Visas Solutions.  Thanks for joining us at work visas.solutions – where we code for the American dream so it is still open to the world’s best and brightest..just like you.

Welcome & Hook

Did you hear the H-1B News from June of 2018, the US Deputy chief of mission MaryKay Carlson said that there ”have been no big changes in the H1 program and nothing new on H-4.”  H-4 is of course the spouses. This is according to the Financial Express – But what does it mean?

Before we give you 4 insights on her comments, hit the like button & subscribe to stay on top of all the H-1B news and trends.

And if you watch until the end you’ll learn something really cool to tell your friends.

Content (5-7 mins)

Give more editorial content regarding the news…basically, report the numbers, or update, then dig into it and ask what it means.

The Deputy chief was in New Delhi India to observe “Student Visa Day” an event to celebrate higher education ties between India and the United states.  

On the other hand, Ms. Carlson also said that President Trump was reviewing the H-4 visa program and reports of possible revocation…but nothing yet.

So what does this posturing mean.  Here’s four interpretations of this news from my legal and political thinking cap.

  1. What if Trump really doesn’t care and just wants to throw red meat at his base?

Well, think about it.  Maybe Trump has to say something, but knows that the H-1B thing is not really a big deal at all.  Why not? There estimates that I see for numbers of the H-1B indians in the US ranges from 400k to 600k of these visa holders.  These are lawful, well educated, and employed people. Meanwhile…there are about 12-13 million people in the United states without status.  Unlike H-1Bs, which are over 95% bachelors, and over 50% masters or doctorates, your average person that lacks legal status in the United States has no such education – nor lawful employment.  The lack of status means they cannot be lawfully employed in the US, or even lawfully residing in the US. So President Trump probably doesn’t care about shaking up the H-1B system and may just be politically posturing because his political capital is not unlimited.

 

2) President Trump could be better use that political capital  We have identified a more pressing problem. What do you call people in the united states that are not lawfully there.  Some call them illegal immigrants. Some say they are undocumented…the technical term is that they have no legal status.  They are not h-1b, or h-4…or anything. So, we call them people without status to not judge them as much as the term illegal immigrant does.

 

The millions of people without status in the US are a far larger and more political advantageous target for the trump administration.  Remember his build the wall platform? How’s that going. Yeah no where…so that leads us to the next logical aspect of interpreting what Ms. Carlson’s comments on no changes mean.

 

3) What can you interpret from the build a wall stuff going absolutely nowhere – and fast.   Maybe that – It’s just pandering for votes. Do you really think he is going to get that wall built?  Or was that just something to shout at his rally. Does anyone honestly believe the wall will start construction in any real way before the Midterms?  No flipping way!! Why not!? Because it will take an – Act of Congress

 

4) Act of Congress.  What’s that mean? It means that H-1Bs are a law from back in 1990 and that has not be substantially tweaked or changed since 2004 because it takes an Act of Congress.  Congress is way less likely to act in 2018 because they have an election in November. If they do something to upset a vocal, highly educated, and affluent group that votes – Say Indian Americans that began their path to citizenship on an H-1B, then they are not going to do it….but that being said.  Those politicians will ask for money. – It’s just how the game is played.

exit

Thanks so much for watching another Work Visas.Solutions episode on latest news from a US Deputy chief of mission MaryKay Carlson – . And see you learned something – everything is okay. so

if this is your first time here, and you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, and thumbs up, and the easiest way to get in touch with me on your question is to leave it in the comments – or visit workvisas.solutions and book a demo of the software for use in your H1B.

Until next time, I’m Tom – I America and so can you.

Here’s a bonus link.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/list-of-posts.html

 

H-1B News – June 2018

No big changes in H-1B Visa coming

H-1B News time at Work Visas Solutions.  Thanks for joining us at work visas.solutions – where we code for the American dream so it is still open to the world’s best and brightest..just like you.

Welcome & Hook

Did you hear the H-1B News from June of 2018, the US Deputy chief of mission MaryKay Carlson said that there ”have been no big changes in the H1 program and nothing new on H-4.”  H-4 is of course the spouses. This is according to the Financial Express – But what does it mean?

Before we give you 4 insights on her comments, hit the like button & subscribe to stay on top of all the H-1B news and trends.

And if you watch until the end you’ll learn something really cool to tell your friends.

Content (5-7 mins)

Give more editorial content regarding the news…basically, report the numbers, or update, then dig into it and ask what it means.

The Deputy chief was in New Delhi India to observe “Student Visa Day” an event to celebrate higher education ties between India and the United states.  

On the other hand, Ms. Carlson also said that President Trump was reviewing the H-4 visa program and reports of possible revocation…but nothing yet.

So what does this posturing mean.  Here’s four interpretations of this news from my legal and political thinking cap.

  1. What if Trump really doesn’t care and just wants to throw red meat at his base?

Well, think about it.  Maybe Trump has to say something, but knows that the H-1B thing is not really a big deal at all.  Why not? There estimates that I see for numbers of the H-1B indians in the US ranges from 400k to 600k of these visa holders.  These are lawful, well educated, and employed people. Meanwhile…there are about 12-13 million people in the United states without status.  Unlike H-1Bs, which are over 95% bachelors, and over 50% masters or doctorates, your average person that lacks legal status in the United States has no such education – nor lawful employment.  The lack of status means they cannot be lawfully employed in the US, or even lawfully residing in the US. So President Trump probably doesn’t care about shaking up the H-1B system and may just be politically posturing because his political capital is not unlimited.

2) President Trump could be better use that political capital  We have identified a more pressing problem. What do you call people in the united states that are not lawfully there.  Some call them illegal immigrants. Some say they are undocumented…the technical term is that they have no legal status.  They are not h-1b, or h-4…or anything. So, we call them people without status to not judge them as much as the term illegal immigrant does.

The millions of people without status in the US are a far larger and more political advantageous target for the trump administration.  Remember his build the wall platform? How’s that going. Yeah no where…so that leads us to the next logical aspect of interpreting what Ms. Carlson’s comments on no changes mean.

3) What can you interpret from the build a wall stuff going absolutely nowhere – and fast.   Maybe that – It’s just pandering for votes. Do you really think he is going to get that wall built?  Or was that just something to shout at his rally. Does anyone honestly believe the wall will start construction in any real way before the Midterms?  No flipping way!! Why not!? Because it will take an – Act of Congress

4) Act of Congress.  What’s that mean? It means that H-1Bs are a law from back in 1990 and that has not be substantially tweaked or changed since 2004 because it takes an Act of Congress.  Congress is way less likely to act in 2018 because they have an election in November. If they do something to upset a vocal, highly educated, and affluent group that votes – Say Indian Americans that began their path to citizenship on an H-1B, then they are not going to do it….but that being said.  Those politicians will ask for money. – It’s just how the game is played.

exit

Thanks so much for watching another Work Visas.Solutions episode on latest news from a US Deputy chief of mission MaryKay Carlson – . And see you learned something – everything is okay. so

if this is your first time here, and you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, and thumbs up, and the easiest way to get in touch with me on your question is to leave it in the comments – or visit workvisas.solutions and book a demo of the software for use in your H1B.

Until next time, I’m Tom – I America and so can you.

Here’s a bonus link.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/list-of-posts.html

Statistics of Visa Beneficiaries from USCIS

Statistics of Visa Beneficiaries from USCIS

visa beneficiaries in this episode!  Stay up to date & get alerts of new video content from Work Visas YouTube by subscribing with the button below.  Click the button to check out more informative work visas information.

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That’s why Tom does these video blogs – to help America’s secret sauce stay and work in America. If you are an H-1B visa holder and have a question, please contact us on this website, or on our facebook page, or even leave a comment on our youtube channel.  The people like you are why we are here and over time, we really look forward to building a community. So start right now, click the button above and get going on your account.

Join Work Visas

Script of Video below…

Welcome to the latest H-1B statistics from USCIS released in may of 2018.

 

Thanks for joining us at work visas.solutions – where we code for the american dream so it is still open to the world’s best and brightest..just like you.

 

Welcome & Hook

big news for work visas. I’m moving law firms.  The former firm did not understand that you are America’s secret sauce and that software my tech company is building for you…but if you stick around until the end – I’ll tell you about my tech company and how to reach me directly with your immigration questions about your american dream.

 

But first the top 5 data takeaways from the numbers!

Content (5-7 mins)

 

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/nri/visa-and-immigration/indians-accounted-for-more-than-74-per-cent-of-h-1b-visas-in-2016-and-2017-uscis-report/articleshow/64072608.cms

 

  1. You’re probably Indian if you are watching this…because in 2016 Indians were 74.2 percent of all H1bs, but rose to 75.6% in 2017  (while china is number 2 way back at only 9.3 to 9.4%) (cut to the EB5 visa option may explain why so much fewer Chinese use the h-1b, but for more of the EB5 visa, watch for our update on that).
  2. Initial H-1B petions dropped again in 2017 – down from 70,737 in 2016 to only 67,815 in 2017 – perhaps illustrating the Trump effect
  3. In all there were 276,423 Indians on H-1b visas in 201.
  4. It a myth that H-1Bs depress wages becuase of the minimum of 60k that is required by law because the average h1b earns 85,000 in 2017.
  5. H-1bs are far more likely to have a master’s degree than the average american – 44.5% of the approfed pettiions were for people with at a masters degree – 6.6 percent had a doctorate.
  6. Bonus – h-1bs continue to become the tech visa as computer releated occupations rose another 6.6% from 2016 to 2017 up to 254,592 woks with computer related H1Bs

exit

Thanks so much for watching another Work Visas.Solutions episode on latest news and statistics about the H-1B visa.

if this is your first time here, and you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, and thumbs up, and now how to get in touch with me with your work visa question.

Email me at [email protected]

Here’s the name of the tech company that I’m starting that developed WVS, it’s a new SAAS product, which helps streamline mobile app development – and if you’re a developer that needs an H-1B, we hope you create an account at WVS and let us know what you think.

Until next time, I’m tom – I America and so can you.

 

visa beneficiaries in this episode!  Stay up to date & get alerts of new video content from Work Visas YouTube by subscribing with the button below.  Click the button to check out more informative work visas information.

Subscribe

That’s why Tom does these video blogs – to help America’s secret sauce stay and work in America. If you are an H-1B visa holder and have a question, please contact us on this website, or on our facebook page, or even leave a comment on our youtube channel.  The people like you are why we are here and over time, we really look forward to building a community. So start right now, click the button above and get going on your account.

Join Work Visas

Script of Video below…

Welcome to the latest H-1B statistics from USCIS released in may of 2018.

Thanks for joining us at work visas.solutions – where we code for the american dream so it is still open to the world’s best and brightest..just like you.

Welcome & Hook

big news for work visas. I’m moving law firms.  The former firm did not understand that you are America’s secret sauce and that software my tech company is building for you…but if you stick around until the end – I’ll tell you about my tech company and how to reach me directly with your immigration questions about your american dream.

But first the top 5 data takeaways from the numbers!

Content (5-7 mins)

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/nri/visa-and-immigration/indians-accounted-for-more-than-74-per-cent-of-h-1b-visas-in-2016-and-2017-uscis-report/articleshow/64072608.cms

  1. You’re probably Indian if you are watching this…because in 2016 Indians were 74.2 percent of all H1bs, but rose to 75.6% in 2017  (while china is number 2 way back at only 9.3 to 9.4%) (cut to the EB5 visa option may explain why so much fewer Chinese use the h-1b, but for more of the EB5 visa, watch for our update on that).
  2. Initial H-1B petions dropped again in 2017 – down from 70,737 in 2016 to only 67,815 in 2017 – perhaps illustrating the Trump effect
  3. In all there were 276,423 Indians on H-1b visas in 201.
  4. It a myth that H-1Bs depress wages becuase of the minimum of 60k that is required by law because the average h1b earns 85,000 in 2017.
  5. H-1bs are far more likely to have a master’s degree than the average american – 44.5% of the approfed pettiions were for people with at a masters degree – 6.6 percent had a doctorate.
  6. Bonus – h-1bs continue to become the tech visa as computer releated occupations rose another 6.6% from 2016 to 2017 up to 254,592 woks with computer related H1Bs

exit

Thanks so much for watching another Work Visas.Solutions episode on latest news and statistics about the H-1B visa.

if this is your first time here, and you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, and thumbs up, and now how to get in touch with me with your work visa question.

Email me at [email protected]

Here’s the name of the tech company that I’m starting that developed WVS, it’s a new SAAS product, which helps streamline mobile app development – and if you’re a developer that needs an H-1B, we hope you create an account at WVS and let us know what you think.

Until next time, I’m tom – I America and so can you.

U.S. Economy Requires Proficient Foreign Workers

U.S. Economy Requirements Proficient Foreign Workers The current argument over immigration policy commonly illustrates immigrants as undocumented, uneducated people who flood our borders without assessment. Many immigrants who enter this country are inexperienced laborers who provide necessary services in numerous sectors of our economy, of equivalent significance to the migration argument are the extremely educated foreign professionals whose skills play a crucial role in the enrichment of our economy. The U.S. economy has moved substantially over the past 50 years. The transformation from a manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy has developed a growing demand for proficient technical employees. Our prominent graduate organizations currently train more foreign nationals than U.S. people in these fields.

To relieve labor shortages, U.S. services should have the ability to recruit and hire additional foreign-born professionals. We should maintain the educated specialists whom we have trained internally in order to take advantage of the unique abilities that they possess. By sending the best and the brightest employees back to their particular nations, we just produce competitors for ourselves, thus diminishing America’s economic influence. In order to increase the number of highly knowledgeable specialists in this country, it is needed to reform the employment-based migration system and provide an enough quantity of opportunities through which U.S. services can legally utilize specialized workers. We need to increase the number of specialized employee visas awarded.

H-1B visas, or temporary experienced employee visas, are presently capped at only 65,000 every year. This “cap” is reached in a couple of months, and U.S. companies are barred from working with foreign-born professionals for the rest of the financial year. At the exact same time, we should increase recruitment and training of U.S. trainees. H-1B visas accelerate this process; a large portion of the processing costs for the H-1B visas are directed to the education and training of U.S. trainees in science and innovation. It is necessary that knowledgeable workers are not ignored in the existing debate regarding extensive migration reform. Raising the H-1B visa cap is crucial to preserving our leadership in the world market. By maintaining foreign nationals, we may guarantee that U.S. companies have the most highly certified workers in their fields, assisting America preserve its edge in a progressively competitive worldwide economy. Deborah Notkin is president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. – NU

The U.S. economy has shifted significantly over the previous 50 years. The transformation from a production to a knowledge-based economy has actually created a growing need for knowledgeable technical employees. It is essential that experienced workers are not ignored in the current dispute regarding extensive immigration reform. By retaining foreign nationals, we might guarantee that U.S. services have the most extremely qualified employees in their fields, assisting America preserve its edge in an increasingly competitive global economy.

 

India tells USA that H-1B visa holders boost their economy

H-1B visa allows the employers in the United States to employ foreign workers from all around the world in specialized occupations such as financing, IT, architecture, engineering, accounts, science, mathematics etc. the petition of this visa has to be requested by the employer himself and the employer needs follow some guidelines as per the treatment of foreign workers.

These foreign workers employed via the H-1B visa contribute highly to the enhancement of the US economy. It is a way through which a whole bunch of skilled workers is accumulated in the United States.

Arun Jaitley, the current Finance Minister of India, was recently in America to attend the IMF and World Bank annual meeting. On 15th October, Sunday, the Finance Minister of India put forward his views regarding the H-1B visa holders in an interview with ANI. He notified that he had persuaded the people of United States of America to understand the importance of H-1B visa holders. He said that these H-1B visa holders are an asset to the US economy and he also emphasized on the fact that the H-1B visa holders from India must not be referred to as illegal economic immigrants.

Arun Jaitley was concerned about the treatment of Indians who are in the United States of America via the H-1B visa. He stated that these people contribute a major fraction in the American and must be treated accordingly. The view that these talented professionals are merely illegal migrants must be discarded as these individuals are high-value professionals.

Many IT professionals are hired by the employers from the United States of America. In the month of September, the processing had begun on a fast pace but the number of applications filed had increased so much that the processing was suspended temporarily.

His prime focus during the interview was the position of the India H-1B visa holders. He kept on emphasizing that the way these professionals are treated must be reconsidered and their hard work must be appreciated. They are highly professional workers and they must receive the respect they deserve and must not be labeled as the illegal economic migrants. Their work is contributing in shaping the future of the United States of America and soon Americans will realize how important they are to the economy of their country.

According to Jaitley, the relationship between India and the United State of America is maturing on many levels. Moreover, he also informed that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, had an exceptional experience on his visit to the United States. This maturing relationship between the two countries is something that will cause this relationship to be consolidated further.

During the same interview, Jaitley was questioned about Donald Trump’s statement in which he emphasized that the relationship between Pakistan and the United States of America is improving. To which he refused to comment on and referred to it as an internal matter of both the countries.

Trump Administration Decisions on H1-B Visas Are Costing Companies Growth

The Trump Era in the United States of America has not been a full of luck era for applicants of H1-B Visas. H1-B Visas not only helped the foreign workers to work freely in the states but it also helped the employers of the US companies to hire highly skilled personnel from every corner of the world. Most of the people in the US believe that the foreign workers are killing the employment opportunities for the Native Americans. Whereas, many believe that through these highly skilled foreign workers, the economy of the country is positively affected.

H1-B Visas help organizations in growth

The H1-B Visas allow hospitals and companies to hire foreigners who are best suited for the job for which the skilled Americans are not available. Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Google, Facebook, and Oracle are the major hires of foreign workers in the United States.

The visa applications are facing more and more challenges for H-1B every day making it extremely difficult for the foreign workers to get employment and it has become way more difficult for the employers of the United States to hire such workers.

Trump administration and H1-B Visas

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services-USCIS showed data which made it evident that the Trump government is issuing way more challenges in issuing the H1-B Visas as compared to the Obama era.

In the time period between the months January and August, 85,000 Request for Evidence -RFEs have been issued to the applicants of H-1B visas. In the same time period in the Obama era, the RFEs issued were 45% less than the Trump era. Other hurdles created for H-1B applications includes challenging the basis of H-1B petitions by saying that there is less evidence that the employer needs a foreign worker. Adding to this, the entry-level jobs are being targeted by the Trump administration. It is looked upon as a stealth campaign against the issuance of H-1B visas. A New York-based immigration attorney, Cyrus Mehta stated that one way to design a policy synchronized with the trump administration is to impose more and scrutiny on the H-1B visa cases.

The trump administration is doing it all to delay the processing of H-1B visa applications by creating more and more hurdles in the processing. Even the process of renewing the popular foreign H1-B visa is toughened.

Well, 59% of the applications of the H-1B visas have been processed and nothing can be said as to how many more applications will be processed by the end of this year. In the fiscal year of Obama’s era, 89% of the H-1B visa applications were processed and issued.

It is not clear whether there will be a major impact on the number of H-1B visas issued by the end of the year but it is evident that objection is being issued over a huge number of H-1B visa applications which is forcing many companies to go for outsourcing as the required personnel is not available in the United States and if the companies cannot bring in the foreign talent in the states the only way is to outsource and hire the required skilled workers.

Restrictions on L-1 Visas Could Increase Outsourcing

Donald Trump’s Government is becoming very strict about the work visas that allow foreign workers to get employment in the US-based companies. But what he is forgetting is that the H-1B visas and L-1 visas have not only helped the foreign workers but also the employees of the United States.

It was not very long ago that after noticeable abates in H1-B visas, a lot of people started opting for L1-B visas. But even that didn’t seem to go well with the present Government. The strict rules and restrictions have not only been imposed on H-1B visas, but also on the L-1 visas, which is definitely going to affect outsourcing. Due to the restrictions imposed, the attention has been diverted to outsourcing and many other methods, such as investment visas.

Outsourcing refers to shifting some part of the business overseas. When due to the harsh laws, the employers cannot bring in the foreign professionals or find it difficult to do so, other means of getting their work done is by expanding its brand or shifting some of its areas to countries where they can find the required professional personnel. This is what is going to be the case in the United States if the restrictions on the H-1B and L-1 visas do not get a little lenient, which in turn will have a detrimental effect on the US economy.

Stuart Anderson, contributor to Forbes said that the companies would not stick in the United States after so much strictness and would rather choose to outsource. Economist and an author from the George Mason University, Tyler Cowen said that imposing such restrictions will cause the companies to opt for outsourcing which means that the employment opportunities in the United States will drop and the employment opportunities in the foreign lands will increase. He also added that outsourcing will not only affect the economy badly but it will also be disastrous for the reputation of the country all around the world.  Anderson argues that the demand for skills among the US and foreign-born workers is on the rise and it makes sense to allow more IT work to be performed in the US.

Another trend that will gain popularity is the investment visa. EB-5 visas which are commonly known as investor visas have already come in the spotlight now. A person or a family looking forward to the investment visa need to invest one-million dollars in US commercial projects or half a million dollars in projects to increase employment opportunities in rural areas where the employment rates are low.

There are numerous benefits of opting for EB-5 visas, especially for the students studying in the United States. The families who can afford the investment opt for it as it allows their children to work freely in the companies of the United States without the need for H-1B visas. CanAm Investor Services’ chief compliance officer and CEO said that many families from India have been enquiring about the EB-5 visas after the restrictions were imposed on H-1B visas. He also added that by opting for the investment visa, the families cut down up to 10 years from the process of gaining a green card and moreover, it allows the children of such families to work without any hurdles, such as H-1B visas and L-1 visas.