Trump promises changes to visas for skilled workers

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President Donald Trump's administration wants to change the foreign worker visa program to include a pathway to citizenship that's more direct.

President Donald Trump says changes are coming in the way that the US handles temporary H1-B visas, which allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the USA from overseas.

Trump, who has also sought to limit legal immigration, in April 2017 ordered a reform of the USA visa program to benefit educated and highly skilled workers. Holders are also eligible to be sponsored by their employers for legal permanent residency, which would make them eligible to become U.S. citizens.

US President Donald Trump said Friday that he will change the H1-B visa system for professionals to ensure "certainty" and a path to citizenship for those on the visa.

In the first two years of his presidency, Trump administration made it tough for the H-1B visa holders over their overstay, extension and issuing of new visa to them.

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The president added that his administration aims to encourage talented and well-qualified people to pursue their career goals in the United States. "I can completely understand how frustrating that would be to the employer", the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Francis Cissna, said in August previous year. If enacted, it would require employers to enter an online registry for each worker they want to hire using an H-1B visa before the application period opens.

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

Democrats call the proposed wall expensive, ineffective and immoral.

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

The announcement of a revision in H1-B visa rules comes at a time when the United States government has reached the 21st day of shutdown on Friday, with no solution of reopening the government in the near future.

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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.

The devil is in the details, said Todd Schulte, president of, a nonprofit group which advocates for pro-immigration policies.

H-1B visas are created to bring in foreign workers, especially ones with specialized knowledge of their field.

The H-1B visa allows foreigners to work in the United States for three years, with options to renew their stay.

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