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New Rule Would Favor H-1B Visa Applicants With Advanced Degrees

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by Axios | Updated on 1.31.19

The Department of Homeland Security posted a final rule on Wednesday that will further favor applicants of the H-1B high-skilled visa who have more than a Bachelor's degree and require them to pre-register electronically with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services before submitting their H-1B application.

Why it matters: The new system would make it statistically more likely for someone with a Master's degree from a U.S. university to receive an H-1B over those without their Master's or with one from a foreign university. The pre-registration system would ideally limit the paperwork USCIS has to go though, and will not be required until fiscal year 2020.


The big picture: Other proposals — and more controversial ones — are expected to follow this new rule, including one that would end work permits for the spouses of H-1B visa holders with pending green cards. Another could force employers to pay their H-1B employees more.

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    This will crush the construction industry, derail our Far East military goals, and degrade our strike readiness in the US Pacific. There are serious consequences to messing with the H-1B visa program that go far beyond the mainland USA. Ask Rep. Madeleine Bordallo. The collateral damage from this has a far bigger fallout then people might be aware of.

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  • Brian
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    I can support this. The H1-B should be for highly skilled workers, so it's acceptable to prioritize those with advanced degrees. This would also serve to attract students to study here in the US with their "full ride" dollars, which our universities desperately need. However, we still need to accept other work and study visas for other levels of workers, such as service industry and blue collar workers, as we still need to fill those positions as well.

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  • SneakyPete
    01/31/2019
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    👍🏻 DHS - the H-1B high-skilled visa Proposal. 👍🏻 I’d recommend support of the Department of Homeland Security posting of a final ruling which will further favor applicants of the H-1B high-skilled visa, who have more than a Bachelor's degree and require them to pre-register electronically with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, before submitting their H-1B application. Why it matters: The new system would make it statistically more likely for someone with a Master's degree from a U.S. university to receive an H-1B over those without their Master's or with one from a foreign university. The pre-registration system would ideally limit the paperwork USCIS has to go though, and will not be required until fiscal year 2020. SneakyPete......... 🤷🏼‍♂️👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🤷‍♀️. 1*31*19..........

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  • Chickie
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    This plan sounds viable and favors increasing learned citizens. However, this bill smacks of prejudice. If the bill included ...AND all applicants have to be blond from Sweden or Norway, the applicant would check all the right boxes for this administration.

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  • Riley
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    Yes I support people being rewarded for working harder and making themselves useful to society. Welcome to America.

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  • Sylvia
    02/02/2019
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    Pay-to-play citizenship! Totally sounds fair 😒

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  • David
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    When you take time to think through the consequences of this proposal it’s a terrible idea - unless you’re ultra-wealthy and a Republican donor.

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  • Barbara
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    I have met a lot of educated fools. An example,our current president. The First Lady does not have a college degree as I have read. She seems to be smarter than he is,just my opinion. We need all the immigrants to do the work with our farms which they do very well.That is a skill.we should be careful how we judge people.

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  • Carrie
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    We already do some version of this. Next bill. Should we beat a dead horse? How many times should we beat a dead horse? Do you support beating a dead horse if it means giving immigrant children 5 more minutes a day of fresh air? If gang members beat dead horses, should they automatically be deported? Should dead horses be forced to wear a chip that detects if they’re a terrorist? Do you support outlawing the waterboarding of dead horses? Should late term abortions in dead horses be made a felony?

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  • Lionman
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    It is far easier for employers to seek out H1-B Visa candidates, than to pay to train US employees. The money paid to these Visa workers, leaves the US, and never returns. Supporting H1-B expansion, effectively becomes the same as off-shoring jobs. These workers have already come to the US and gotten advanced degrees here, but then never becomes citizens. It is counter to our Administration’s stance on job creation.

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  • Loretta
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    I think we have very highly skilled College Grads right her at home. I have heard that many companies want foreigners because they don’t have to pay them as much! personally I feel ANYTHING this administration touches is bad.

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  • Thomas
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    What elitist nonsense. I know plenty of software engineers with PhDs who are incapable of inventing anything of value. Some of the best creative thinkers, artists, and musicians would have to wait in line behind people with advanced degrees. Dumb.

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  • Toni
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    Excludes laborors and encourages tech companies to hire more imported labor

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  • John
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    I have mixed feelings about this. Since Americans lag behind in graduates to fill highly technical fields, many graduate and industrial positions are filled with foreign graduates. Worldwide, countries compete for these graduates and the United States must continue to do so. A solution that may be fairer would be to include immigrants who volunteer for military service, or work in industries with high unemployment or need so long as employers sponsor these individuals and provide the necessary supervision. I don’t favor immigration to “make things cheap,” so I’m not convinced it needs to include restaurant, food preparation, and lawn / household maintenance were non living wages are paid. These industries have in large amount shown poor management of these employees. Asylum is a different issue.

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  • Matt
    Voted Oppose
    02/01/2019
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    It’s hypocritical of conservatives to support this when they denigrate and mock higher education and ignore experts here at home. Is education valuable like our nation’s founders said or is it all just some undefinable “elite,” “liberal” punching bag because smart people make rural America insecure about themselves—which is it, gop, can’t have it both ways. Advanced degrees come from the real world via actual hard work, not from being coddled by fox news

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  • JClemmons
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    This proposal should not ignore from the fact that there is still much work to be done with our immigration system that would allow for a diverse group of people, who would altogether be good for the country (the guy who does your carpenter is just as important as the guy who can properly open your heart and put it back together; they are two sides of the same coin). I support this rule, however, because I think it strengthens the meritocratic dimension of not only our immigration system, but the country. There should be nothing controversial about wanting those who immigrate to this country to be educated in this country, as it will mean they will be better in tune with the values and norms of our nation, and they will also be able to establish vital connections that could bolster not only their own resume, but advance the careers of other Americans through their collaboration. Additionally, if it means that one part of the system will run more efficiently, then I believe we ought to go with it. Good rule!

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  • RAN
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    I completely support this, if we are going to have these visas they should be very high skilled. We have enough people uneducated sucking off of us.

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  • Brenden
    Voted Support
    01/31/2019
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    Well this is a no brainer. How long did it take for these dunces to come up with something that is so obvious? Longer than it should have probably.

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  • Leon
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    No, there are already too many competing for IT jobs with citizens. Massive contract companies are making citizens’ investment in education WORTHLESS since they are paid so little.

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  • Terry
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    They can still be dangerous

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  • today915
    Voted Oppose
    01/31/2019
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    Get government out of education (dept. of education). Get rid of the teachers unions. Then start teaching kids again and allow them to learn to think and learn. Not just tell them what they are supposed to think. Do that and we'll have plenty of smart kids again instead of having to steal smart people from other countries where they should be staying and making their own country prosperous. Bad for our country, bad for the country they come from.

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