President Trump's pledge to protect American jobs showed itself in this week's H1-B lottery deadline. H1-B, the visa for professionals, scientific and technical workers carries the same allotment but "computer programmers" are off the list.
Forbes reports this is good news for Silicon Valley, famously opposed to Trump's executive orders on immigration. Silicon Valley and giant tech firms such as Microsoft bemoan the lack of native-born top-level engineers and scientists. About two-thirds of the H1-B's allotted in recent years have gone to Indian-based technology outsourcing firms that bring in entry-level computer techs who work for less than Americans of comparable experience. "Computer programmer" is considered an entry-level, less-skilled tech job.
By excluding the lower-level tech workers from visa program, it creates more slots for the elite, highly skilled workers, which is what Silicon Valley craves, Forbes says.
Foreign workers come in many forms, legal and illegal and the supply is certain to change as Trump's immigration policies begin to take hold on economy. Agricultural and service workers admitted under the H-2 program face greater scrutiny and likelihood of deportation should they overstay their permits or simply enter the country illegally.
Greg Siskind, founder of visalaw.com and Siskind Susser, PC explained key regulations in play for employers in a recent training for Avant Resources. Topics included:
- Differences between visa, status and work authorization
- Consequences of immigration violations
- Understanding H-1B and other most common visas in the workplace
- The various immigration agencies and their roles (USCIS, ICE, DOL, etc.)