The New Paper

October 7, 2020

Trump administration announces changes to H-1B visa program

The Trump administration announced a series of changes to the H-1B visa program yesterday. The new rules (announced by the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor) narrow the definition of “specialty occupations” and call for wage increases for H-1B workers who make less than their US counterparts in similar roles. 

More context: The administration noted that the changes were made in an effort to protect US workers, while critics suggested that the changes will harm US companies’ ability to access highly-skilled labor. H-1B visas are used by a wide range of US companies, including major technology platforms.

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