There are many H-1B visa recipients in the Frederick area. The H-1B visa is used for skilled foreign workers. Many large companies use this visa to attract talent they need from around the world to grow their business. It is critical that these companies have access to these skilled foreign workers, but the Trump administration just announced new restrictions for the H-1B program.
Significant changes to H1B visa announced
The Trump administration recently announced that they are making significant changes to the H-1B visa program. These changes include:
- Employers required to pay H-1B foreign employees a significant larger wage. The required wage will now be 45th percentile of their profession’s distribution for entry level positions and 95th percentile for the highest skilled workers.
- Applicants must now have a college degree in the specific field where they are looking for work.
- Some contract workers will receive a shortened length of visa.
Who will be affected?
Companies are expected to be affected by these changes:
- Wage increases take effect this week. This can affect existing H-1B holders who want to renew their visa. If their company doesn’t raise their wages, they will not be able to stay in the U.S.
- Companies who are hiring in new and emerging fields may have difficulties finding employees. These can include companies specializing in artificial intelligence or bioinformatics.
- It is expected that the number of H-1B visas awarded will drop by one third.
The Trump administration is defending these changes to the H-1B visa saying that it will encourage companies to hire more American workers. Of course, highly skilled immigrants have long been important to companies in the U.S., especially high-tech companies. An attorney who is skilled in U.S. immigration understands that these workers are important for the U.S. economy and can help explain the H-1B process and advocate for their client.