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Immigration Reform: High Skilled Visas Under Consideration

The H1-B visa is a popular pathway that helps high-skilled foreigners work at companies in the U.S. The visas require that recipients hold a bachelor's degree and work in a "specialty occupation" related to their field of study. Presently, around 85,000 visas are granted annually to immigrants by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

CNN is reporting that President Trump’s administration is currently in the process of looking into the reformation of the H-1B visa program. There were no details on how this would impact the H-1B, except to say that there will be a report within 90 days with suggestions on how to make the program more efficient and how to allocate the visas. Currently H-1B visas are handed out by lottery and in 2016 demand was three times more than the quota. Three new bills have been introduced this year so far, offering solutions as how to carry out such reforms, including a proposal to grant visas to the highest bidders.

The tech industry is waiting with baited breathe as the H-1B program is not the only visa program mentioned in draft bills that are of importance to the industry. The J-1 program for training; the Optional Practical Training, which allows for international students to stay in the U.S. after graduating, and; the E-2 program, which is an investor program are under scrutiny. Furthermore, L-1 visas, which are given to foreign workers who transfer to the U.S. from a company’s office overseas, would be subject to site visits within six months. (

Are you seeking an immigration visa for business purposes? Whether you are looking to come to the United States on a permanent or temporary basis, you should hire a San Jose business immigration lawyer to represent you and help you have the best chance of success. At the Verma Law Firm, we provide legal counsel and representation to clients looking for work visas, investment-based green cards, and employment-based green cards. We are known for the quality of our legal work, as well as our compassion towards each and every client.