The Silicon Valley giants, Apple and other technology companies may experience difficulty in bringing foreign workers into the U.S. using the H-1B work visa program, owing to the Trump administration’s immigration-related “America first” promise. The administration in January drafted an executive order stating a renovation of various work visa programs, including H-1B that these tech companies used to hire from outside the U.S integral employees.
The original draft stated tech companies depending on foreign hiring failed to serve “the U.S. national interest,” and now the Trump administration has rolled out a policy shifts and have begun pivoting the program to serve American workers. The changes were apparent as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency “made it harder” to bring foreign workers to the U.S. using the H-1B work visa for tech companies.
This week, the USCIS and the Justice Department issued memos and rallied support for the new administration’s focus on getting the American workers employed who have similar skills as foreign workers. Allegations against the work visa program H-1B point towards tech companies using cheaper cost of foreign workers as a measure of money saving, which the USCIS has referred to as “fraud and abuse”.
The Justice Department has now cautioned employers “not to discriminate against U.S. workers,” and is planning to investigate who is violating the new rules.
The Justice Department cautioned employers for H-1B visas petitioning and not to discriminate against U.S. workers. This caution came as the federal government started accepting employers’ H-1B visa petitions for the coming fiscal year. The H-1B visa program allows companies in the United States to employ foreign workers temporarily in specialty occupations such as science and information technology.