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The new move announced recently through a seven-page policy empowers the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to issue H-1B visas to an employee only for the period for which he/she has worked at a third-party worksite.
Washington: In a move that is to hit Indian IT firms and their employees, the Trump administration has announced a new measure that makes it tougher to issue H-1B visas to those who will be employed at one or more third-party worksites.
One egregious case saw Southern California Edison requiring information-technology workers about to be laid off to train their replacements, who had H-1B visas.
amp;nbsp;"Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that's wrong," Trump said in April, at its signing in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a swing state that helped win him the election.
As president, he has taken steps to streamline those categories as well as the legal immigration system such as the H-1B visas.
H-1B visas provide skilled workers for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Thus most employers seeking H-1B visas for employees fail.
Ontiveros, H-1B Visas, Outsourcing and Body Shops: A Continuum of Exploitation for High Tech Workers, 38 berkeley J.
The order, published April 21 in the Federal Register, calls upon federal agencies to propose new rules, guidance, and reforms to ensure that H-1B visas are granted to fill only the most highly skilled positions.
US president Donald Trump's latest executive order on H-1B visas does not change anything for Indian IT companies immediately - it just reinforces the message conveyed to immigration officials in recent times that they should scrutinise applications to ensure they meet the standards laid down in the visa law.
The H-1B visas have received national publicity - not the good kind - when prominent companies and institutions were accused of abusing the program by using it to replace American workers with lower-paid foreign workers, including in jobs that did not require high skill levels.
Officials gave few details on implementation but Trump aides have expressed concern that most H-1B visas are awarded for lower-paid jobs at outsourcing firms, which they say takes work away from Americans.