Won’t allow H-1B visa holders to replace US workers: Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has said that he would not allow Americans to be replaced by foreign workers.

Won’t allow H-1B visa holders to replace US workers: Donald Trump

President-elect Donald Trump has said that he would not allow Americans to be replaced by foreign workers.

Trump’s latest remark is seen as an apparent reference to cases like that of Disney World and other American companies wherein people hired on H-1B visas, including Indians, displaced US workers.

“We will fight to protect every last American life," Trump told thousands of his supporters in Iowa on Thursday as he referred to the cases of Disney world and other US companies.



During his campaign, Trump repeatedly promised that he would overhaul H1-B visa system if elected.

H1-B visa system was designed in the ’60s to focused on highly-skilled workers, and it’s currently limited to 85,000 temporary non-immigrants each year. Each H1-B lasts six years and requires employees to leave the country for a year before applying again, but many of those who use it go on to become permanent residents thanks to sponsorship from their employers.


"Can you believe that? You get laid off and then they won't give you your severance pay unless you train the people that are replacing you. I mean, that's actually demeaning maybe more than anything else," Trump said.

Trump didn't specifically mention the professional US work visas, but in an interview with Time magazine, he had acknowledged that "we need workers" and added that the country is going to "have them coming in based to a certain extent on merit."


Since Trump's win in the November 8 elections, Indian IT companies' stocks and ratings have been hit - hard - as the markets have anticipated a more protectionist US technology visa program under his administration


Since the revenue model of the majority of big Indian IT companies is heavily dependent on H-1B and L1 visas in the US, anti H-1B visa bill is likely to have a major impact and may put lakhs of Indian employees in the US in danger, if not sound a death knell, on their businesses.

If H-1B visas are limited, it would be a big blow for Indians who've been granted the highest number of such visas in the last many years. IT hotshots like Infosys, TCS and Wipro alone together accounted for 86,000 new H-1Bs between 2005 and 2014, Reuters reported.