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Since the dot.com boom of the 90’s, the number of H-1B visa workers began to heighten in the U.S.. Particularly in the Information Technology field many skilled American workers have felt ignored and at a disadvantage finding employment. Some feel it is due to an excessive number of immigrant workers in the U.S. on a H-1B visa. The origin of the H-1B visa program was to help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals only when there was a shortage of qualified workers in the country.
In the article, Putting American Workers First: USCIS Announces Further Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse, it notes that beginning April 3, 2017, USCIS will take a more targeted approach when making site visits across the country to H-1B petitioner and the worksites of H-1B employees. This is in an effort to protect American workers by combating fraud in our employment-based immigration programs. The USCIS has set this mission as a priority.
With the new administration well in place now, and such a high attention being put on immigration reform, do you feel fraud and abuse has occurred, or is it as simple as a focus on the field of information technology among certain countries resulting in higher numbers of skilled and educated immigrants? Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.