U.S. administration will enforce the laws related to the H-1B visa programme that went unenforced until now, the White House said even as the Justice Department warned companies against using the programme to displace American workers.
As this year’s application process for H-1B visas began, USCIS announced a slew of measures to crack down on companies that might be misusing the programme, including more stringent checks at sites where H-1B workers are employed.
“The H-1B visa programme should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country.
Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, willing, and deserving to work in these fields have been ignored or unfairly disadvantaged.
Protecting American workers by combating fraud in our employment-based immigration programmes is a priority for the USCIS,” the agency said in a statement.
The USCIS, the agency responsible for selecting the 85,000 H-IB beneficiaries, also clarified, purportedly for administrative reasons, that computer programmers with two-year degrees do not qualify for speciality occupation as defined by the programme.
In a third statement from the administration on Monday, the Justice Department said it would not tolerate employers misusing the H-1B visa process to discriminate against U.S. workers.