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H-1B Visas Get New Guidelines To Fight Fraud, Abuse As Annual Lottery Begins

The Trump administration made it harder for tech companies to import foreign workers just as the annual lottery for visas began Monday. Guidelines issued Friday by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) affect the H-1B visa process and take effect immediately.

The guidelines require proof a job is so complicated, computer programmers need more advanced knowledge and experience to combat what the agency characterized as fraud and abuse.

Critics, however, said tightening the H-1B program makes little economic sense since the program is designed for specialty fields in science, engineering and information technology where talent sometimes is scarce.

“Employers who abuse the H-1B visa program negatively affect U.S. workers, decreasing wages and job opportunities as they import more foreign workers,” USCIS said in a press release. […]

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H-1B Visas Get New Guidelines To Fight Fraud, Abuse As Annual Lottery Begins