The H-1B Visa program must attract the best overseas talents to the US said Kirstjen Nielsen the US Homeland Secretary. The H-1Bs are provisional work visas that are most sought after by the Indian IT firms. It is a visa in the non-immigrant stream that permits US firms to recruit overseas workers. This is in specialty jobs that need technical or theoretical expertise.
The tech firms are reliant on the H-1B to recruit 10s of 1000s of workers annually from nations such as India and China. No other visa stream has garnered that much attention in the recent years as these visas. The reports of abuse of the H-1B program have offended the people in the US, said Ms. Nielson. She was addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee members during a hearing of the US Congress, as quoted by the Economic Times.
Nielsen said that no hardworking, qualified US national must be required to train their H-1B substitute and then sent off. The number of H-1B applications always surpasses the legal ceiling. We must select the best overseas talents in this pool of applicants. They must be offered the opportunity of arriving at the US for work, added the US Homeland Secretary.
The US administration led by Trump has enhanced its measures to identify job-based visa abuse and fraud. However, some non-immigrant visa programs require reform. This is for better protection of US workers said, Nielson.
The existing legal framework mandates only some employers to confirm that they have made all efforts to hire US workers. This is prior to submitting an application for H-1B. They also need to prove that available and qualified US applicants were offered the jobs. This requirement must be extended to all employers, said Nielson.
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