Federal judge throws out Trump rules limiting H1-B visas
A federal judge took down two Trump administration rules meant to curtail the number of visas issued to skilled foreign workers on December 1. In October, the changes were applied to the H1-B visa program. The changes imposed salary requirements on companies employing skilled overseas workers and restricted specialty occupations.
Department of Homeland Security officials prioritised the changes citing coronavirus-related job losses. It had been estimated that one-third of those who have applied for H1-B visas in recent years would be denied under the new rules. However, the US District judge said changes made in H1-B visa rules in response to the pandemic did not hold water as the Trump administration had been floating the idea for quite some time.