Trump administration makes difficult to issue visas for professional workers from abroad
The administration does not amend the existing legislation requiring approval of the Congress, but simply uses bureaucratic methods, the newspaper writes.
NEW-YORK, November 20.
The administration of President of the United States Donald Trump purposefully complicates the process of issuing visas to foreigners who have been invited to work in American companies. It does not resort to amending existing legislation requiring Congress approval, but simply using bureaucratic methods, the Wall Street Journal reported on their website on Sunday.
The publication draws attention to the fact that the issuance of American visas for skilled workers from abroad is carried out under the H-1B program.
From January to August this year, US authorities sent back more than a quarter of such requests from foreign nationals. In most cases, the motivation “request for additional information” was used.
At the same time last year, under the administration of Barack Obama, the authorities rejected less than a fifth of such applications for a visa, the newspaper said.
She notes that such obstacles cause damage primarily to American high-tech companies, who most often use the program H-1B. For example, the authorities have the most problems with foreign programmers, they are most often screened out, recognizing that they are not recommended for H-1B criteria, the newspaper writes.
Before, the Trump administration took measures mainly to limit illegal migration in order to stimulate the employment of American citizens.
In August 2017, the president approved the RAISE Act (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act), aimed at reducing legal immigration in the United States by half from 1 million to 500 thousand people per year.
The bill proposes to eliminate the current system of drawing green cards (the share of those who received the green card as a result of the lottery is about 5%, or about 50 thousand per year) and introduces an order according to which preference will be given to those applicants who speak English financially support themselves and their families and have professional skills that can provide benefit to the US economy.