USA and the UK
President Donald Trump has unveiled a tightening of rules for immigration visas used widely by technology firms, claiming American workers would benefit from the new system.
The Department of Homeland Security announced this week that it is launching new regulations for H-1B visa applicants. This visa is intended for highly skilled workers, and allows up to 85,000 immigrants annually.
The US Administration intends to cut back visas for international skilled workers, and tighten wake-based entry barriers. The aim is to have more skilled positions available for domestic employees. Besides, the new rules will change the definition of specialty occupation, as well as the validity of the permit, which will now be one year instead of three.
Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli has confirmed that about one-third of the people who have already applied for an H-1B visa in recent years would be denied entry to the US under the new rules.
Industry watchers and experts have warned that these restrictions would soon lead to an increase in outsourcing, impacting the recruitment plans of several American companies.