Trump wants H-1B visas in highly-skilled, not outsourcing jobs: Official

On Thursday, the White House said that the Donald Trump administration wants to make changes in the existing H-1B provisions for it to play a better role in attracting highly-skilled foreign workers as opposed to the what it has now evolved into an ‘outsourcing’ role.

 

“The president’s overall instinct — and he said this publicly a number of times — he wants to find ways to make sure that people who graduate in a highly skilled area like technology stay in the country. He finds that a very positive part of the overall immigration,” White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination Chris Liddell told a Washington audience.

 

He added, “He (Trump) has talked about merit immigration, clearly that (H-1B) fits in merit immigration.”

 

 

 

“To the extent that we can from a regulatory point of view rather than a legislative point of view, because the H-1B system to a large extent is governed by legislation — but to the extent that we can modify the regulatory point of view to promote it to be more highly skilled as opposed to outsourcing roles, there’s 1,20,000 H-1Bs. So it’s quite a big pool,” the White House official said.

 

“Traditionally, unfortunately they have gone to lower-skilled outsourcing types of jobs,” Liddell said.

 

“So the president is 100 per cent aligned with that. We’ll try and do it as much as we can by regulatory; if it can be done legislatively as well in some way that would as part of a merit-based system, that would be fantastic,” Liddell said.

 

“So promoting the concept of merit-based immigration, which clearly would be at least partially orientated towards the tech sector, I would think that there should be a high degree of alignment on,” Liddell said.

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