U.S to scrap lottery system in issuing H1-B visas


This is definitely gonna be a bad news, to those Indians who want to secure employment in U.S.A. H1-B allows U.S. employers, to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. Indians are presently the dominating recipients of the H1-B  program.

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This move was a part of Trump’s rhetoric on “America First” policy and his hard-line on banning immigrants. He promised to scrap H1-B visas since many companies in U.S are hiring foreign employees for comparatively low wages with regard to native citizens. Therefore he believed it to be the cause of surging unemployment in U.S.A.

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Every year U.S.A issues 20,000 H1-B visas, randomly to graduate applicants. And through the lottery system, it will issue nearly 65,000 H1-B visas. Many U.S firms complaints that, Indian firms in U.S are misusing the lottery system by pouring in more and more applications in the lottery system. So, there is a more probability of these companies to recruit foreign workers for low grade IT posts.

Before signing executive orders, directing the federal agencies to revise the H1-B visa and to tighten the rules. He said, ” Right now, widespread abuse in our immigration system is allowing American workers of all backgrounds to be replaced by workers brought in from other countries.” It was more likely that lottery system will by replaced by the merit-based system.

This move is likely to have a grave effect on Indian companies such as Tata consultancy services Ltd, Cognizant Technology solutions corp etc. Last even Australia made similar act by abolishing 457 visa program, that resulted in nearly 95,000 foreign workers go unemployed, who are mostly Indians.

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India and Indian graduates need not fear this. Since there is a huge potential in Indian markets for talented youth. And the business environment in India is also so conducive for the growth of bright start-ups. Finally It will check the brain washing from our country, from which it was suffering from many years. On a whole, it should be taken as a positive sign rather than fearing about your future.

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