Immigration Law

Expert: USCIS Crackdown on H-1B Visas 'Ultimately Hurts U.S. Workers'

Ethan Baron, Bay Area News Group, Aug. 16, 2018 - "A crackdown on the controversial H-1B visa intended for skilled workers has struck Indian citizens harder than other foreign nationals, with federal officials hitting them with more visa denials and demands for proof of their eligibility to work. That’s according to a report that found U.S. gatekeepers ramping up their rate of visa refusals at the end of last year and slapping applicants from India with more “requests for evidence” of eligibility than applicants from other nations. The increased denials and scrutiny were “likely due to new Trump administration policies,” said the group that produced the report, the National Foundation for American Policy. ... “Cases that used to be approved without a second thought are now receiving requests for evidence and are being denied,” said Cornell University immigration law professor and immigration lawyer Stephen W. Yale-Loehr. ... The Trump administration’s H-1B crackdown, intended to help American workers, could do the opposite if U.S. firms can’t get the foreign talent they need, Yale-Loehr said. “They may not be able to continue to grow their companies the way they would like,” he said. “It may make larger companies more likely to set up overseas operations rather than expand in the United States, and that ultimately hurts U.S. workers.”

[Prof. Yale-Loehr has practiced immigration law for over 30 years. He is co-author of Immigration Law and Procedure, the leading 21-volume treatise on U.S. immigration law.]