Has H-1B Visa become a medium for worker substitution?

During his election campaign, Donald Trump announced his plans to bring back jobs as well as the protect the American business interests. He proposed major changes in the H1B Visa policy. The primary change would be to elevate the minimum wage from $60,000 to $130,000, thus creating a level playing field for the American workers.

What is H-1B Visa exactly?

H-1B is a non-immigration Visa in the USA. It comes under the Immigration and Nationality Act and it allows a foreigner with advanced degrees to be employed in America. The duration of the stay with H-1B visa is 3 years, and it is extendable up to 6 years.

In recent years, it was being used to substitute American workers with people who were ready to work for a smaller wage. This defeated the purpose of the H-1B Visa which aimed only to hire highly skilled people whose substitute was not available in the US.

According to WSJ “The bill’s planned reintroduction comes after Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the highest-profile Republicans in Congress and a supporter of Mr. Trump, said earlier this month he intends to reintroduce a bill clamping down on H-1B, though his appears more limited in scope that Sen. Grassley and Durbin’s. Both bills would need to be passed by Congress and signed by Mr. Trump.”

How Trump’s H1B Visa plan may eventually benefit India?

It is a country’s responsibility to spend its scarce resources and provide its brightest with the best education and opportunities. But, it’s not a country’s duty to facilitate an exodus of their best to other nations.

It is a country’s obligation to create a socioeconomic environment where the best can prosper. This is possible only if the best and brightest devote themselves to their growth, which will then improve the nation. It’s a vicious circle.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and if our brightest won’t get an opportunity in the US or anywhere else, they will do what’s needed, here, in India.

Now, let’s look at what others have to say about this. On to the Tweets:

Who stands to lose the most?

India IT firms seem to be ready for the challenge

Those who are favor of the H1B Visa Restrictions:

Not in favor of the H1B Visa Restrictions:

Downright Funny:

What are your thoughts on the proposed move by President Trump regarding the H1B Visa? For? Against? Share your thoughts.