Jan 11, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Trump: H-1B visa changes are coming

Donald Trump wearing a white "Make American Great Again" hat.

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Trump signaled changes to the H1-B visa program in a tweet Friday morning, telling highly-skilled foreign workers that he will bring "certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship."

Between the lines: H1-B holders are already qualified to apply for green cards. Homeland Security is expected to roll out a series of changes to the H-1B program, including ending work permits for some spouses and giving visa preference to graduate students.

What they're saying:

  • Trump's full tweet: "H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship. We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S."
  • Leon Fresco, former DOJ immigration attorney: "I've seen this language from DHS officials. It is always bad for people using the program, but hope springs eternal."
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