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FAQ: The real impact of Trump’s H-1B executive order

President Donald Trump is calling for "a long-overdue reform of H-1B visas." But what changes does he want, and can he get Congress to agree?Here's a look at some some of the key questions around Trump's visa reform effort and his "Hire American, Bu...

Trump’s H-1B executive order is PR, not policy

The executive order on H-1B visas that President Trump signed this week was loudly trumpeted as a win for American workers.
In reality, his “Buy American and Hire American” directive was more PR than policy.

The real fight over H-1B hasn’t even begun.As a candidate, Trump vowed to kill the H-1B visa program with “no exceptions.” His order instead calls on the Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department to submit a list of suggested reforms that would curb abuse of the system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Trump will sign executive order to begin revamp of H-1B visa...

Trump aides say the new directive is "buy American, hire American."

Trump to order wholesale H-1B reform

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday dubbed “Buy American, Hire American” that calls for sweeping reform of the H-1B visa process.Its centerpiece is the replacement of the H-1B lottery with a system that distributes visas on the basis of wages, skills and education.[ Give in to the dark side: 10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss. | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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“We want to switch away from a random lottery system, in which it’s weighted toward the lowest wage workers, towards a system that prioritizes higher skilled, higher paid workers,” said a senior administration official, in a background briefing to reporters on the condition that officials not be identified.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

H-1B visa applications cap out in just five days

US Customs will make targeted visits to employers with high H-1B use.

This year’s H-1B cap is quickly reached — and exceeded

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Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) said Friday that the H-1B cap for FY 2018 has been reached.

The agency will now hold a computer-generated lottery to distribute the visas.The USCIS didn't say how many visa petitions it received, ...

U.S. seeks curbs on use of entry-level H-1B programmers

The U.S. government is taking action that will likely increase the visa denial rates of H-1B programmers, a move that could help U.S. nationals, both in terms of wages and jobs.The U.S.

Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) wants programmers who offer skills that are specialized or unique.

That means firms seeking to hire programmers at entry-level wages may see their H-1B visa requests denied.[ Thinking of striking out on your own? Download InfoWorld's 29 tips for succeeding as an independent developer for valuable guidance from a solo -- and successful -- solo programmer. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld's App Dev Report newsletter. ]There’s a reason the U.S. doesn’t want entry-level visa workers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

H-1B clampdown won’t fix developers’ real problem

It finally hit, a bit of Trump populism designed to appeal to the working class, labor unions, and nativists alike.

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly going to clamp down on H-1B fraud.

At the same time, policy revisions will make it ...

Justice Dept. says replacing U.S. workers may bring lawsuit

Critics of the H-1B program have little to celebrate, so far, from President Donald Trump. He promised reforms of the visa program during the campaign, but nothing has happened of consequence -- at least until Monday.The U.S.

Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a warning to H-1B employers not to use the visa program to discriminate against U.S. workers.

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By itself, the Justice Department notice may be a poor consolation prize to critics who wanted more.

But if the DOJ files a lawsuit alleging discrimination against U.S. workers "because of their citizenship or national origin in hiring, firing and recruiting" it may be breaking ground.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Trump ‘actively’ considering new H-1B spouse work rule

President Donald Trump’s administration has decided to “actively reconsider” an Obama-era rule allowing certain H-1B spouses to hold jobs, according to court documents filed Monday.
It is asking the court to give it until September to consider changing the H-4 work authorization rule.This is becoming a high-stakes case for approximately 180,000 spouses of H-1B visa holders who gained the right to work in 2014.

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The motion was filed in a Washington federal appellate court, under the case name Save Jobs USA, in a case brought by former Southern California Edison (SCE) IT workers.

These workers trained visa-holding replacements in 2015 before losing their jobs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here