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.

United States Hikes H-1B Visa Fees in Protectionism Move

United States Hikes H-1B Visa Fees in Protectionism Move

India and the United States are set to meet on August 30, 2016, to discuss proposed changes to visa fees charged for the H-1B visa application.  India comprises roughly 67% of H-1B visas and 28% of L-1 visas.  Effective February 2016, certain H-1b application fees increased to $4,500.  L-1 petitions fees increased to $4,500 as well for H-1b dependent employers.

Some H-1 and L-1 Visas cost $4,500 in application fees alone.

The fee increases hurt Indian tech companies expanding into America the most as they are the most likely to be H-1B dependent and require L-1 visas for their American expansion.  As a result, India is preparing at challenge to the fee hike at the World Trade Organization.

The visa application fee hike is estimated to cost the Indian IT industry $400 million dollars each year.

If the rate hike does not evidence growing protectionism in the United States, then Congressional action taken to prevent Indian companies from hiring IT professionals on H-1B and L1 visas certainly does.  The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016 would prohibit companies from hiring H-1B employees if they are defined as H-1B Dependent.  Interestingly, the two sponsors of the proposed law come from the two states in America that have the highest concentration of Indian Americans.

We at Work Visa Solutions oppose the fee hike and question the motives of the sponsors of the Bill.  If America is going to reflect the diversity of the world, far more of its citizens should have Indian ancestry.