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Fri Feb 15, 2019, 08:40 AM

Shifting Scrutiny of H-1B Visas Raises Eyebrows About Motive


Posted Feb. 14, 2019, 6:21 AM
Agency looking at job requirements, not wage levels
Employers still seeking visas despite extra work, expense

The Trump administration has always given extra scrutiny to the H-1B program, but exactly what it’s scrutinizing appears to be changing.

In the last year and a half, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has shifted its scrutiny from the amount of wages for new visa holders to whether the positions qualify for a specialty visa in the first place.

The shift is causing immigration attorneys to wonder if USCIS is actively trying to disrupt, slow down, or discourage companies from seeking the skilled guestworker visas.

“I believe that they have been using procedural means to achieve their policy goals” of decreasing H-1B visas, Sandra Feist of Grell Feist in Minneapolis told Bloomberg Law.

Around mid-2017, the agency’s focus was on employers offering entry-level wages to their H-1B workers, questioning whether those entry-level jobs were in fact appropriate for the visa. Now, the focus has shifted to whether the position is a “specialty occupation” covered by the visa, attorneys say.

It's time to get rid of entry level H-1b completely. There are plenty of entry level Americans who should be doing these jobs. Visas should not be used to lower wages and screw American workers.

It's time for DUers to apply for these H-1b jobs. There should be a lot more openings now so it would be easy.

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Sat Feb 16, 2019, 11:32 AM

1. The competition for talent is fierce

since there are many more jobs than H-1bs, it should be easy for Americans to take these jobs back.

It doesn't take long to apply for these jobs online. If you've updated your resume, that's often enough for most contracting positions. The time it takes to type up a post on DU, is the time it takes to apply for one of these jobs.

Do it DUers! Do it for America!

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