Joe Biden Plans to revamp high skilled visas to retain foreign talent

November 20, 2020 by PassRight Admin

President Joe Biden’s victory has been labeled as a victory for immigration as the Biden administration is expected to roll out comprehensive immigration reforms.

The president-elect not only intends to increase the H1-B visa quota but also resume work permits for spouses of H1-B visa holders. He also intends to reverse many of the restrictive immigration policies imposed by the outgoing Trump administration, Joe Biden is being hailed as the President that will bring fairness to skilled foreign workers that will support and improve the U.S. economy equally.

Expected H1-B Visa reforms 

The Biden administration plans to increase the number of high-skilled visas, including the H-1B visa. This would give a wider opportunity to applicants across the world.

Another limitation that is expected to be scraped is the country-wise quotas for H1-B, allowing many more skilled professionals to apply for it.

The new administration also plans to establish a wage-based allocation process.

New changes Employment-Based Green Card (EB)

Over 140,000 employment-based green cards are issued each year. Biden plans to evaluate this total number and establish a system that is responsive to the labor market’s demands and needs. 

Expected reforms for F1 Visa 

The U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to remove the cap on visas for international students studying in the U.S. for advanced graduate programs will also benefit. Graduates of PhD programs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields in the US will be exempt from any cap.

Similarly, the new administration also plans to create legislation that will give a green card to foreign graduates of U.S. doctoral programs in an effort to retain these “highly-trained workers to support our own economic competitiveness”.

Region-Based Visas For Skilled Foreign Labor

Counties or municipal executive of a large or midsize county or city could now be allowed to petition for additional immigrant visas if it will support that region’s economic development.

The county should be able to certify that these additional job vacancies are available after there are no domestic workers to fill them.

The holders of these visas would be required to work and reside within the city or county that petitioned for them. The foreign worker will be treated as other employment-based immigrants and subjected to the same certification protections.

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