Changes in H-1B visa


A leaked draft of an executive order under consideration for presidential signature proposes restrictions on the Optional Practical Training (OPT) work, a job training opportunity available for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Masters from a U.S. university.

It also proposed to roll back the permission to work now available to spouses of H-1B visa holders and to replace the current lottery system that selects the 85,000 annual H-1B visa beneficiaries. This year’s selection process opens on April 1. According to the draft published by, the Trump administration is also planning to have federal inspectors regularly visit the sites where guest workers are employed.

“I think with respect to H-1Bs and other visas… [it] is [all] part of a larger immigration reform effort the President will continue to take through executive order and through working with the Congress… There is an overall need to look at all these programmes and you will see that both through executive action and through comprehensive legislative measures a way [is being found] to address immigration as a whole and the visa programmes,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday.

New Bill

A new Bill introduced by Democrat Zoe Lofgren proposes changes in the H-1B programme, to make hiring of foreign workers expensive.

‘Trump administration also plans to have federal inspectors visit sites where guest workers are employed’