US lawmaker calls to abolish H1B lottery visa system; asks to accept brightest minds of India
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 23-May-2017

Washington, May 23: As Trump declared last month to bring in a law to stop ‘trainee level’ IT’s in the US, a great concern rose for the India’s IT industry. But recently, a top Republican lawmaker has raised his voice against it. He demanded abolition of the lottery system in allocating H-1B visas. Congressman, Jim Sensenbrenner said the programme is in a desperate need of reform and it must be addressed with a serious, clear-eyed approach. 
“In the current system, 85,000 H-1B visas are allotted by lottery annually. If there is competition to come to the US, we should ensure we get the best and brightest, not just roll the dice and accept the results,” said Sensenbrenner, Chairman of the House Judiciary Sub-committee on Immigration and Border Security.

Applicants with specialised skills should be selected for specific positions, the way the programme intends, Sensenbrenner said, arguing that by shuffling foreign applicants through a lottery system, they empower businesses to replace qualified American workers with cheaper labour.

The Republican from Wisconsin alleged that over the years, the H-1B programme has transformed into a way for companies to undercut American workers and replace them with foreign labour for significantly less money.

Last month, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop visa abuses. Trump said his administration is going to enforce 'Hire American' rules that are designed to protect jobs and wages of workers in the US. In the current system, 85,000 H-1B visas are allotted by lottery annually.