US lifts Trump-era H-1B visa curbs

Compiled by: Our Bureau

(Our Bureau, May 20) The US government has removed a rule proposed by former President Donald Trump that sought to redefine the eligibility of those applying for H-1B visas permits. More than 70% of H1B visas go to Indian professionals and hence the development is a welcome relief for large IT services companies such as Infosys, Tata Consultancy Servies and Wipro. In October 2020, the Trump administration had moved to narrow the definition of speciality occupation, employer-employee relationship and third-party worksite, with the aim of preventing the hiring of foreigners as “low-cost replacement” for qualified Americans. It also made it mandatory for H-1B applicants to have a bachelor’s degree in a specific field related to the job. The rule couldn’t be implemented, as it was a vacated by a court in December.

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