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Donald Trump Giving H-1B Visas ‘Comprehensive Look.’

Donald Trump Giving H-1B Visas

Will U.S. President Donald Trump reform H-1B visas?

If he intends to do so, it likely won’t occur in the small term. While a March 8 press conference, Sean Spicer said the public of journalists that the H-1B visa plan is under review.

“The President’s actions that he’s taken in terms of his executive order and other revamping of immigration policy have focused on our border security, keeping our country safe, our people safe,” Spicer said the press. “And then, obviously, whether it’s H-1B visas or the other one—spousal visas—other areas of student visas, I think there is a natural desire to have a full look at—a comprehensive look at that.”

Spicer was replying to a question about whether Donald Trump plans to renovate the H-1B visa system before April 1, when the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) starts accepting H-1B petitions subjected to the fiscal year 2017 cap. The United States government will allow H-1B visas proceeded through this period after October 1.

Spicer did not explain that “comprehensive look.” Though Donald Trump spent his Presidential campaign implying that the government ends the H-1B visa program collectively (“We shouldn’t have it, it’s very, very bad for workers,” he said at one point.), his administration has yet to force through legislation or executive orders associated with it. The USCIS newly suspended premium processing for all H-1B visas, continuing a review, but the core program is continuing.

Shortly after his election, Donald Trump hosted a conference of prominent tech leaders at Trump Tower in NYC. Attendees combined Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, & Tesla/Space X CEO Elon Musk. Immigration came up as a point, with Donald Trump reportedly responsive to adjusting the H-1B program.

“In our view, the President-elect is not hostile to H-1B visas,” an anonymous reference close with those proposals said Reuters at the time.

Is Donald Trump moving back from his campaign’s hardline stand on H-1Bs? It’s too soon to say: this administration has a plenty of other preferences, covering healthcare & tax reform, keeping its time & attention. But as Donald Trump proceeds to speak with tech leaders, he may explain more amenable to the program than people considered at first. Wait & see.

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