Trump administration looking to abolish lottery system of H-1B visas

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 02, 2018 15:35 hrs
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A lottery based quota system that had been practiced for awarding H-1B visas to foreign workers could soon be a thing of the past.

Larry Kudlow, the Chief economic Adviser to President Donald Trump hinted that the administration may soon propose a law that could weed out the lottery system.

Kudlow, speaking to reporters emphasized the importance of legal immigration saying "Skills-based, merit-based and not a family chain-based immigration" will be very useful.

A reform package has been considered but he said that the Trump administration was unable to get it through the Congress. "We should’ve done it years ago. The president is absolutely right (on this),” he said.

While Kudlow admitted that the lottery system may be weeded out, he did not clarify if this was for H-1B visas’ lottery or the diversity visas.

Kudlow also did not clarify whether the Trump administration proposed to increase the total number of H-1B visas.

Currently the US Congress mandated 65,000 H-1B visas per annum and an additional 20,000 to those who completed higher education from US in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

"I can’t say up. I can’t say down. It’s part of that overall package. I emphasise the president’s view on legal immigration reform. One of the pillars of that has to be skills-based and merit-based, border security, etc." he was quoted as saying in media reports.

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