June 3, 2017
By John Binder
A new policy adopted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) will close a tiny loophole that allowed foreign nationals from non-accredited institution to obtain H-1B visas to remain in the U.S. as workers.
Every year, more than 100,000 foreign workers are brought to the U.S. on the H-1B visa. Most recently, that number has ballooned to potentially hundreds of thousands each year, as universities and non-profits are exempt from the cap. With more entering the U.S. through the visa, Americans are often replaced.
Under the new guidelines, the school where a foreign national obtains their degree must be an accredited U.S. institution of higher education in order to apply for an H-1B visa that is exempt from the 85,000 a year cap. The institution must now be an accredited school at the time that the foreign national obtains their diploma.
Institutions which pump out diplomas for foreign nationals with the purpose of getting them H-1B visas afterward in order to remain in the U.S. are referred to as “diploma mills,” as the Center for Immigration Studies’ David North has written. … Read the full story by John Binder.
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