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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:02 AM IST

Working on H-1B visa reform, says US

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Washington: The Trump administration is working on reforming the H-1B foreign workers visa programme which will be part of a skills- and merit-based legal immigration system, the White House said on Thursday. Larry Kudlow, who is the chief economic advisor to President Donald Trump, in an interaction with reporters agreed that H-1B attracts talented professionals and companies currently are having difficulties in hiring people on H-1B visas.

“The president has laid this out. We need legal immigration. We need skills-based, merit-based immigration. Those are just a few of the issues. That would be terrific. We can’t seem to get it through Congress. But skills-based, and merit-based and not a family chain-based, I think they will be very useful,” Kudlow said.

He said the Trump administration is looking at H-1B visas. “We’re looking at it. It’s a work in progress,” he said. Changes in H-1B visas, he said, will be part of a larger reform package. “The thrust of that is merit-, skills-based, which is going to be very significant change. We should’ve done it years ago. The president is absolutely right (on this),” he said. “H-1Bs and lots of other classifications of visas, we are looking at all of that stuff,” Kudlow said.

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Published on: Friday, November 02, 2018, 01:05 AM IST
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