Hope for Indian H-1B visa holders and hopefuls for green cards

New Delhi: At least 1.5million visa holders are waiting for green cards in America for more than a decade now. These hopefuls see a ray of hope in Trump's review. Their simple argyment is that merit-based H-1Bs should lead to merit based green cards. Many such Indians welcomed President Donald Trunp's order to the federal department to review it. This development may lead to H-1B visas being awarded to the highest-skilled and highest paying jobs.

Only those foreign nationals who have specialised knowledge, such as science, engineering or computer programming are given H-1B visas. The US government uses a lottery to award 65,000 such visas yearly and randomly distributes another 20,000 to graduate student workers.

The H-1B visa is tied to a specific employer, who must apply for the visa and sponsor the employee for a specific job laid out in the visa application. To switch employers, the visa holder must secure their paperwork from their current employer and find another employer willing to take over their visa.

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