While on the campaign trail, former President Donald Trump flip-flopped quite a bit in his rhetoric over the H-1B visa, an employer-sponsored temporary visa that allows companies to hire high-skilled foreign workers for up to 3 years in most cases and 6 years upon extension. Despite his indecisiveness, Trump’s platform was consistent in outlining a clear plan to reduce H-1B-based high-skilled immigration. During his 4 years in office, he executed many parts of that agenda in the form of executive orders and agency action by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, resulting in increased denial rates of visa applicants, dampened incentives for American companies to sponsor and hire H-1B workers, and narrowed visa eligibility criteria.
The Economic Case for High-Skilled Immigration,
Suchetas Bokil, Harvard Political Review, April 13, 2021
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