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April 14, 2021

Biden Lets 2020 Trump H-1B Visa Reforms Die

In October, we shared news on reforms meant to improve accountability within the H-1B worker visa program. This month, a federal district judge struck those rules down. Why? So Big Tech and other major corporations could continue using cheap foreign labor.

Biden Administration Does Not Support Limiting or Regulating H-1B Visas

The Biden Administration let last year's H-1B visa ban expire on April 1. This means an attempt to preserve American jobs for American workers has ended, and likely won't come back soon. 

Biden to Let Trump's H-1B Visa Ban Expire in Win for Big Tech – NewsMax

The visa ban went into effect in October, intending to update standards for wage levels and require more frequent validations for H-1B visas.

It didn't last long, unfortunately. The U.S. District Court in Oakland struck down the measures in December. With the latest news from the Biden Administration, the new rules are dead in the water.

The source article calls this "a win for Big Tech," which is correct. The loss of visibility on H-1B salaries and renewals benefits those who use them to replace American workers:

  • International staffing firms like Infosys, Wipro, and Tata
  • Big Tech firms like Facebook, Google, and IBM
  • Large business groups like the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The same groups that opposed the original ban.

It appears we're headed back to the 2010s policy when it comes to H-1B visas—more and more visas, more American jobs taken away from American workers.

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