A top Republican Senator has opposed the move of the Biden government to resort to the traditional lottery system to issue H-1B visas to foreign experts, saying it is giving Big Tech contributors the gift of “cheap” foreign labor at the expense of American workers.
The Biden government on Thursday announced that it is delaying the H-1B policy of the past Trump administration on the allocation of the famous foreign work visas by continuing with the lottery system until 31st December 2021, to give the immigration office more time to develop, test and implement the changes to the registration system.
The Trump-era rule was planned to go into effect on 9th March.
“Big Tech abuses the H-1B visa program to recruit cheap foreign labor rather than Americans. That isn’t good for American workers. However, the Biden government is allowing organizations to get away with it,” Senator Tom Cotton said.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits US organizations to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire a huge number of employees every year from nations like India and China.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it would prioritize wages to secure the economic interests of American workers. And better guarantee that the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment program.
Biden admin’s move to revert to a lottery system for issuing H-1B visas
Also, Senator Cotton from Arkansas said that H-1B visas should help fill labor shortages. Not help Big Tech hire foreigners rather than Americans to save money.
“Biden authorities say reforming the program is excessively hard. In reality, they’re giving Big Tech donors the gift of cheap foreign labor—at the expense of American workers,” he alleged.
The USCIS can give a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas in a year. It can also give another 20,000 H-1B visas to foreign students. Those who have finished higher studies from a US university in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Early this week, the Department of Labor also proposed postponing the implementation of its last rule. The name entitled “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.”
It changes how the current four-tiered wage structure of the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) wage survey is calculated for purposes of determining prevailing wages.