Republican Party may rein in H-1B visas for Indian IT professionals

July 22, 2016

The Republican party favors reforming the guest workers’ programs, which include H-1B visa system concerned over alarming levels of unemployment in the US, indicating a drastic reduction in the green cards issued every year that could impact Indian IT professionals.

“In light of both current needs and historic practice, we urge the reform of our guest worker programs to eliminate fraud, improve efficiency and ensure they serve the national interest,” said the Republican platform, which was approved by the party leadership yesterday during its ongoing convention.

“In light of the alarming levels of unemployment and underemployment in this country, it is indefensible to continue offering lawful permanent residence to more than one million foreign nationals every year,” the platform said.

Currently, Indians have the longest waiting list for green cards. In case of any reduction in the number of such cards being issued every year, that might further delay the process.

However, the platform, which talks in details about the immigration policy does not specifically mention about the H-1B visa program but the language on guest workers is seen as a move to reform the H-1B visas system.

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, has been against increase in H-1B visas and has also called for increasing the salary of those coming to the US on H-1B visas.