U.S. court rejects Trump-era H-1B visa restrictions for skilled foreign workers

Sep 18, 2021 1:36 AM STI

California [US], Sept. 18 (ANI): A U.S. federal judge on Wednesday (local time) rejected Trump’s changes to H-1B visa rules that were intended to deter U.S. companies from replacing U.S. workers with foreign workers less expensive.
Nicholas Iovino, writing in Courthouse News Service, a national news service for lawyers and media, said the rules restricting H-1B visas were deemed invalid because they were issued by an acting secretary in the Department of Homeland Security who was illegally appointed to this post. .
Businesses and universities have complained that the Trump administration’s switch to the H-1B visa system of a lottery that selects applicants at random to one that prioritizes higher-paying jobs would make it harder to hire and recruiting highly skilled foreign workers and students, Courthouse News Service reported.

The rules applied to workers in the tech industry as well as to doctors, accountants, professors, scientists and architects.
U.S. District Senior Judge Jeffery White temporarily blocked the rules in December last year after a coalition of business groups and academic institutions led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sued to stop them, reported Courthouse News Service.
Justice White also halted a separate attempt by former President Donald Trump to suspend certain types of non-immigration work visas last year, saying he lacked the authority to make those changes. radicals in a presidential proclamation.
The Chamber of Commerce and its co-plaintiffs argued that the rules violated the Immigration and Nationality Act, which states that non-citizens should be issued H-1B visas “in the order in which the applications are filed for such visas, ”Iovino said.
A system that ranks and selects visa applications based on salary levels conflicts with the text of the law, the plaintiffs argued. (ANI)

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