The United States has again tightened the issuance of H-1B work visas, the Department of homeland security said.
In particular, the number of “special professions” employed by foreign workers will be reduced. There will be increased control over companies that employ a minimum number of employees in the United States on work visas and rely on outsourcing in other countries for their main work. Also, companies will be forced to pay more money to foreigners, which will reduce the attractiveness of the work visa program and, according to the Ministry, will not allow foreigners with low qualifications to take jobs from Americans.
Some new rules will come into force this Thursday, while the other part will take effect in two months.
“Companies will be required to make real job offers to real employees,” the Ministry said in a statement.
The new rules will affect about a third of all foreigners in the United States on work visas.
This decision, like others, is sure to be challenged in court.
The administration of Donald Trump has repeatedly taken measures to tighten the regime of work visas. So, in June, Trump signed a proclamation suspending the issuance of some visas to free up jobs for Americans. Trump ordered the suspension of H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visas until December 31, 2020. However, a court in San Francisco partially blocked the decree in early October.