Changes to the H-1B visa program aim to improve and streamline the H-1B visa allocation process by cutting down the administrative burden of application processing, as well as tilt the selection process in favor of those applicants holding U.S. master’s degrees. Two other proposed policy changes could limit the job prospects for international students and bar spouses of H-1B visa holders from receiving work authorization in the U.S.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America counters the persistent myth that the United States is falling behind in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). The study looked at the skills of computer programmer graduates around the world by using a standardized programming test.
Effective April 1, there will be new rules governing the H-1B visa, which U.S. tech companies use to hire skilled workers from overseas. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the new rules Wednesday. Starting April 1, USCIS will select H-1B applicants from one pool. In the past, they were separated into the regular application group and applicants with advanced degrees applying for an exception to the cap of visas awarded each year.
Big U.S. tech firms received significantly more H-1B visas In fiscal year 2017 (which covers the end of the Obama administration and the first eight months of Trump's) than they did the year before, and that's bad news for American workers.