US Tightens Rules for Work Visas
Applicants now must have a higher education
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The United States now requires foreigners to have at least a Bachelor’s degree to obtain an H1-B work visa.
As part of a package of changes led by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Department of Homeland Security will now require a degree in higher education, with preference given to those with a degree from an American university.
Companies intending to invite employees from abroad must register with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Prior to the rules’ changes, 65,000 H1-B work visas were issued by lottery each April, and an additional 2,000 were given to foreigners with science degrees.
The Department of Homeland Security said that it intends to reduce the influence of randomness on the visa issuance process, more carefully select applicants, and increase the number of visa recipients who have completed their degrees at American universities, Voice of America wrote.