Prevent jobs from going to H-1B visa holders: USCIS director

Vastavam web: US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) director L Francis Cissna has said it would be really good if there was a law to prevent American jobs from going to H-1B visa holders. The US official made these comments at an event called ‘Immigration Newsmaker’ in Washington, DC, on August 15 by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).

“I would really love it if Congress would pass a provision prohibiting American workers being replaced by H-1B workers, Cissna said. The report cited USCIS data which suggests that for the fiscal year 2017, a total 3.65 lakh applicants granted H-1B visas of which 75.6 per cent were born in India. Cissna further emphasised that immigration reform should be directed towards ensuring the most qualified people, who the US needs, should get the visas, the report mentioned.

It is worth noting that the Donald Trump administration has tightened the rules for granting H-1B visas, a move that has immensely impacted Indian IT companies and their employees. The new rules imply that visa applicants are unlikely to get a second chance to submit more documentary evidence to support their eligibility if their application is rejected in the first instance itself. Earlier, officials were not able to reject an application outrightly without giving an opportunity to the applicant to provide more evidence substantiating his eligibility, it said.

With tightening H-1B rules, meanwhile, IT companies recently slashed their H-1B applications. Tightening of H-1B work visa norms has increased operating costs of Indian IT companies as onsite hiring has increased.