US Immigration Policy Change

The United States Homeland Security Department has developed a new immigration verification program. In these new regulations, foreign students who are studying science, math,engineering or technology can stay in the US for 17 months longer, if there future employers comply with the immigrationverification program.

This will enable foreign studentswho want to work in the US under the highly skilled visa program some more time to process their applications. However, the future employers of prospective students must enroll themselves under the E – Verification program.

Earlier, foreign students had the waiting period of 12 months to be accepted under the highly skilled H – 1B visa program. This has been now extended to 29 months under the new regulations.

These new regulations have beenlargely prompted by a change in thinking of US policy makers due to theemergence of Indiaand China asfast developing competitive economies. US policy makers want to ward off thischallenge by providing a “logical ladder” to citizenship, according to StewartBaker, the policy undersecretary of the Homeland Department.

Retaining foreign talents,largely from India and China, in the fields of technology, engineering and science, has therefore become veryimportant if the USwants to hold on to their traditional leadership and world dominance theseareas. The USis also suffering a deficit in these areas as not enough trained specialistsare there to fill up the jobs that are being created.

The E – Verification program, inalliance with US Industry, would in large part address this deficit byretaining engineering and scientific talents and offering them citizenship.

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