Trump floats 'path to citizenship', says H1B changes coming soon

Donald Trump campaigned for president on a promise to crack down on immigrants who he said took jobs away from US citizens

Donald Trump campaigned for president on a promise to crack down on immigrants who he said took jobs away from US citizens

Much Indian support in the U.S. for president Trump is premised on his pledge to reform the immigration system that many experts say discriminates against those to come to the country legally while favoring illegal immigrants who are beneficiaries of various amnesty and regularization programs.

"H1-B holders in the USA can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship".

H-1B visa programme allows USA employers, which include Indian companies with American operations such as TCS and Infosys, to hire foreigners for speciality professions to make up for the shortage of locally available hands.

Trump's tweet comes as a good news for Indian professionals, especially in the IT sector, who now have to wait for almost a decade to get a Green Card or permanent legal residency.

"H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship", the president tweeted.

When asked about the tweet, USCIS spokesman Michael Bars pointed to the administration's proposed changes to the H-1B process, which are likely to become final later this year.

"We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the United States". "I can completely understand how frustrating that would be to the employer", the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Francis Cissna, said in August previous year. The change would also prioritize H-1B applications for workers with advanced degrees from American universities.

It would also streamline the application process with a new electronic registration system.

The president's unexpected outreach towards foreign guest workers came amid a furious debate over immigration reform and the need for a southern border wall, which he says is need to staunch illegal immigrants, while pledging to smoothen the path for legal immigration. The president has threatened to call a national emergency if Congress doesn't reach an agreement to fund his border wall.

The partial government shutdown over the impasse between the White House and congressional Democrats regarding the wall funding entered its 21st day Friday - tying the longest ever.

Competition is tough for the temporary visas.

Trump's major announcement on H-1B visas - through twitter, without any further details - comes as part of his known preference to attract and retain best talent in the US.

United States companies often use H-1B visas to hire graduate-level workers in specialised fields including information technology, medicine, engineering and mathematics.

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