Trump says will unveil overhaul 'soon' of visa rules for skilled workers 'including a path to citizenship'

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Friday that his administration was planning an overhaul of U.S. policies for specialty visa holders from other countries working in the United States.

“H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship,” Trump tweeted.

He did not supply specifics.

While Trump said “we want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.,” critics have been concerned that he might try to crack down on the number of highly skilled workers coming into the U.S. However, his Friday tweets suggested he was weighing policies that might be more favorable to such workers.

Administration officials have been working at overhauling a number of immigration rules, including the H-1B work-visa program that technology companies and others use to bring top foreign engineering talent into the United States.

Trump brought up changes to the H1-B system in the midst of a partial government shutdown triggered by his demands for a security wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.


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