H-1B visas: Indian IT companies may get some more time
Spicer said that the Donald Trump administration is having a very “comprehensive” look at the visa policy, without mentioning a specific time frame.
This came after India’s foreign and commerce secretaries discussed the issue during their trips to Washington, DC.
“The President’s actions that he’s taken in terms of his executive order and another revamping of immigration policy have focused on our border security, keeping our country safe, our people safe,” Spencer said.
“And then, obviously, whether it’s H-1B visas or the other one – spousal visas – other areas of student visas, I think there is a natural desire to have a full look at – a comprehensive look at that.”
The new immigration draft law had proposed a 40% increase in the minimum wage of foreign workers on H-1B visas to $100,000 a year to match the current wage rate in the US.
According to the policy draft, it “will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the US, instead of bringing cheaper workers from overseas”.
“This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favour of the H-1B programme,” it says.
The immigration reform bill, ‘Protect and Grow American Jobs Act’, is aimed at ensuring that US based companies consider American workers before hiring foreign workers who are currently employed at lower wages.
“The visa aspirants are well aware of the USCIS advice. So, most likely they will plan in advance and apply for the H-1B visa before the deadline.
Meanwhile, Spicer’s statement has irked some as they found it contradictory to President Trump’s campaign promise. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ US chapter accused Trump of continuing to cost Americans jobs.