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US plan to hike wages of skilled work visa holders to hit applicants with H-1B visas

The US Department of Labour’s proposal to increase wages of skilled work visa holders, could result in a sizable reduction in future visa applications and could eliminate mid-level jobs for H-1B visa holders.

The White House budget office is reviewing a fast-track regulation that would narrow the definition of a “speciality occupation” eligible for a skilled-worker visa under the H-1B program, according to the budget office website. The wage increase could be around 20 per cent. In the US, skilled visa workers are classified into four categories and L2 is the mid-level job category. Currently, according to industry estimates, 60-70 per cent of the visa holders are in the L2 category. “Entry and mid-level jobs will be history if this goes through,” said Prashanthi Reddy, New York-based immigration lawyer.

Visa applications may be hit

Industry watchers also estimate that there would be a drastic reduction in visa applications. “It could

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Trump admin races to raise H-1B visa hurdles for skilled workers | US & Canada News

The administration of United States President Donald Trump is racing to toughen the process for US companies to hire skilled foreign workers before the end of the year, changes top Trump officials argue will preserve jobs for Americans amid high unemployment and be politically difficult to reverse.

With just weeks to go until the November 3 election, the White House budget office is reviewing a fast-track regulation that would narrow the definition of a “specialty occupation” eligible for a skilled-worker visa under the H-1B programme, according to the budget office website and administration officials.

A second fast-track regulation would raise the wages that employers must pay to demonstrate foreign workers will not displace Americans in the same occupation and geographic area.

Trump faces re-election on November 3 and has made immigration a focus of his campaign against Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The measures – along with a planned regulation to

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Building A Strong Enterprise Through A Diverse, Skilled Workforce

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say,” wrote 19th-century essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. At the office, managers and employees should be assessed purely on talent and performance. One company, Joonko, reduces bias in the hiring process by finding and curating diverse and highly-skilled job candidates for employers.

I sat down with Ilit Raz, cofounder and CEO of Joonko, to get her thoughts on diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace. Joonko, which has offices in Tel Aviv and Birmingham, Alabama, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help employers hire qualified and underrepresented job seekers for remote positions.

“There’s strong evidence that the companies which intentionally invest diversity are more innovative, yielding elevated business performance. Having a more diverse team makes for more diverse viewpoints in product development, sales and marketing processes,

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SBS Language | Major COVID-19 visa concessions: Australia amends criteria for skilled regional and post-study work visas

The Australian government has introduced significant legislative amendments to its Migration Regulations that will come into effect on 19 September 2020.

As per a statement issued by the Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge, the ‘COVID-19 Concessions’ are being introduced to limit the impact of the pandemic on visa holders stranded outside the country.


  • Australia introduces major COVID-19 visa concessions for certain temporary and provisional visa holders
  • The COVID-19 concession period commences from 1 February 2020 and is an interim arrangement
  • Major amendments have been made to Temporary Graduate (485) and Skilled Regional visas (887)

The amendments coined as the ‘COVID-19 concessions’ have been brought in to allow individuals to continue on their visa pathway if they have been disadvantaged by “COVID-19 border closures, business restrictions or the economic downturn.”

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“The Migration Amendment (COVID-19 Concessions) Regulations 2020 (the COVID-19 Concessions Regulations) amend the Migration Regulations 1994 

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