Newly elected US President Joe Biden plans to increase high-skilled visas, including the H-1B

Washington: US President-Elect Joe Biden plans to increase the number of high-skilled visas, including the H-1B, and eliminate employment-based visas by the country, both of which are expected to benefit thousands of Indian professionals. Influenced by some immigration policies of the outgoing Trump administration.

With Kamala Harris as her deputy, Biden hopes to reverse the outgoing Trump administration’s move to revoke work permits to spouses of H-1B visas that adversely affected large numbers of Indian families in the US. All of these are part of a broader immigration reform that the Biden administration plans to work on at once or in separate pieces.

“High-skilled temporary visas should not be used to recruit workers to capture demand already in the US. An immigration system that only excludes high-skilled workers in favor of entry-level pay and skills Is, American innovation and competitiveness are threatened. “

“Biden will work with Congress to establish a wage-based allocation process and enforcement mechanisms to ensure they are not used to combine with the labor market and reduce wages. Again, Biden’s number of high Will support the extension of. Eliminating the limitations of skilled visas and employment-based visas by country, which create an unacceptably long backlog, “it said.

The H-1B visa, which expands the available pool of highly skilled workers in the US, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise . Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. Employment-based visas, also known as green cards, allow migrants to obtain lawful permanent residency in the US to engage in skilled work.

Given that at present, the number of employment-based visas is less than 140,000 each year, which is responsive to labor market conditions or demands from domestic employers, the policy document states that Biden as chairman of Congress Will work together To increase the number of visas provided for permanent, employment-based immigration – and to promote mechanisms to reduce the number of visas in times of high US unemployment.

In June, Trump suspended H-1B visas until the end of 2020, along with other types of foreign work visas, to protect American workers. In October, the Trump administration announced new restrictions on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program, stating that protecting American workers, restoring integrity, and better guaranteeing that H-1B petitions only qualified beneficiaries And are approved for petitioners.

Biden will receive an exemption from any cap on PhD programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields in the US, which are set to make the most significant contribution to the world economy. “Biden believes that foreign graduates of the American doctoral program should be given a green card with their degrees and that losing these highly trained workers to foreign economies is a disservice to our own economic competitiveness.”

The Biden administration plans to create a new visa category to allow cities and counties for higher levels of immigrants to support their development. “The disparity in economic growth between American cities and between rural communities and urban areas is one of the great imbalances of today’s economy. Some cities and many rural communities struggle with shrinking populations, erosion of economic opportunity, and local businesses . ” Unique challenges.