Trump says massive visa overhaul could lead to USA citizenship

Trump tweeted Friday that those who hold the temporary H1-B visas can

Some Trump advisors, pandering to this nativist constituency, have been leery of the H-1B program, claiming that it brings in sub-standard low-paid foreign guest workers who take jobs from American professionals.

US President Donald Trump said Friday that he will change the H1-B visa system for professionals to ensure "certainty" and a path to citizenship for those on the visa.

In April 2017, President Donald Trump ordered the attorney general and the secretaries of state, labor, and Homeland Security to propose reforms to the H-1B visa system.

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the H1-B visa permits USA employers to hire temporary foreign workers with at least a bachelor's degree, or equivalent specialized work experience, to fill needs not met by the American workforce.

And, two, change the processing procedures to clear more applicant masters and higher academic qualification, which would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 % (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master's degree or higher from a USA institution of higher education.

It's unclear what Mr. Trump meant exactly, as simplifying a path to citizenship for such visa holders would nearly certainly require approval from Congress, and the White House has made no such suggestion in its latest border security funding proposal, or any other public offer.

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Competition is tough for the temporary visas, which require a bachelor's degree. The dispute, which pits the White House against Democrats in Congress, has led to one of the longest government shutdowns in U.S. history.

Democrats say the wall project, which carries a total price tag of more than $20 billion, is expensive, ineffective and immoral. The White House did not immediately comment on what kind of changes Trump was considering.

It would also entail a new electronic registration system meant to streamline the application process.

United States companies often use H-1B visas to hire graduate-level workers in several specialised fields, including information technology, medicine, engineering and mathematics. The dispute has led to a partial shutdown of the USA government that is now in its 21st day. But the visa program has also drawn criticism for being used heavily by foreign outsourcing companies that squeeze out American firms.

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