What 2018 Holds For an H1b Visa Holder In Trump’s USA

H1-B visa holders were not surprised but, they were disappointed by the news when Trump moved forward to clamp down the companies which had H1-B visa holders working for it. Many of the Indian based tech companies retaliated against the motion or the bill which was passed by the California Rep. Darrell Issa in the House Judiciary Committee. As per the bill, the companies which have more H1-B visa holders working as employees there will have more difficulty in getting the work permits. This is going to have an impact on everyone; the companies, the H1-B visa holders and the United States of America.

President, Trump has common tone and message in terms of America’s progression and the outsiders. When it comes to the issues related to the visas, he has gathered all of them into a single pile of immigration, and not in a good way. He has made the people of America believe that all the immigrants are bad news. The bill also states, and now a common man there believes that the immigrants, in fact, intend to take away the jobs and social benefits. There are certain predicted changes that are on their way to occur in 2018, due to such implementation.

One of the most important H1B predictions of 2018, is that there could be an alteration in the method of a random lottery when to make it a more systematic approach in which higher salaries are given more preference. This approach implements the assumption that the people who are earning higher salaries possess greater and better skills than the ones earning lower salaries. This implementation, basically is, in order to achieve the aim of letting the ‘best and brightest’ people work in the United States.

Under the official visa, the students will not have the leverage to work feasibly and accordingly. Apart from this, there is a bipartisan bill which is ready to grow its roots deep down in the United States. This bill allows the authorities to prioritize the students, the students who were educated in the United States are to be given priority.  The bill, known as H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act will allow the authorities to give preference to the candidates who have more advanced degrees, skills which accounts for certain values and who have higher salaries.

The bill is more likely to increase audit performances and thorough investigations of each employer by the Department of Labor in order to detect the fraud and outsourcing within a particular company or firm. This could, or could not be the best way, as it might not reach the requirements of the department of labor in terms of human resources.

Deciding the immigrants’ future on the basis of such speculation, will not help set a course for a better future of America. The immigrants and employers should consult their advisers in order to comprehend better the political aura and how is going to affect their cases.

DHS Planning To Collect Social Media Info On All Immigrants

The Department Homeland Security has decided to record social media accounts of all immigrants. People with permanent citizenships and neutralized citizens do not hold any exception either. The department’s immigrants’ file will now have a section for all social media handles and aliases for the individuals. According to the department, these handles will help them with identifiable information and search results.

The rule will come in action from 18th October, 2017. According to reports, US citizens who interact with immigrants will also have their social media accounts monitored by DHS. All the conversations on accounts of social media accounts of immigrants will be considered as a subject of government surveillance.

Social media information will also help the department in screening the applications. “Although the pilots include some objectives, such as determining the effectiveness of an automated search tool and assessing data collection and dissemination procedures, it is not clear DHS is measuring and evaluating the pilots’ results to determine how well they are performing against set criteria.”

So anyone applying for immigration in the USA will now have to take extra care of their social media accounts and the content they post there. In May, the department posted a new question to visa applicants of last five years to submit their social media handles in order to collect their records as well. The question also asked for biographical information dating back to past 15 years. However, in case of no social media accounts mentioned in the form, the department might investigate for any hidden or fake social media profiles of the individual. According to the department, the rule will help them with the following:

  1. Having more identity information.
  2. Understanding point of view of the person.
  3. Understand the political and other affiliations of the person.
  4. Monitor the circle of the person.

People come to the US to work and not to get stalk 24/7. Will it not affect the process of converting H1-B visa to Green card? How far you welcome this decision? Is it fair with the immigration applicants? Share your views with us in the comment box below: