It is all about the money.
Nothing about working to make America great.
Nothing about Keeping America At Work by hiring Americans in America.
Nope, just blind greed and a willingness to throw American citizens under the bus.
That is why I call my other site H-1B Hunting Licenses.
Because we, the American Citizens who have middle class jobs are being hunted by the purchasers of these hunting licenses.
According to USCIS records, congressional testimony and interviews with former agency officials, USCIS has plunged most of the expedited program’s revenues from the last eight years — some $2.3 billion — into a failed effort to digitize the larger immigration system, leaving inadequate resources to staff the H-1B portion that was its cash cow.
“I can’t believe that my old agency could be that stupid and reckless,” said William Yates, a former senior USCIS official who helped create the fast-track program. “It infuriates me.”
USCIS has occasionally suspended premium processing before, but the timing of this suspension, which is expected to last up to six months, is especially damaging. Some 236,000 H-1B applications poured in in April 2016.
Pausing expedited service is likely to cause delays for tens of thousands of applicants for new visas, mainly workers at universities or research organizations, as well as foreign doctors who receive H-1Bs in exchange for working in areas that are medically underserved, according to USCIS data.
It’ll also cost USCIS up to $100 million in lost fees, agency spokeswoman Carolyn Gwathmey acknowledged.
Gwathmey said the loss would be cushioned by a $700 million reserve fund created by a surplus of premium processing fees and “would not negatively impact” the agency’s ability to keep paying for the digitization initiative, which is $1 billion over budget and five years behind schedule.
But the interruption has fueled concerns about the Trump administration’s intentions for the H-1B program overall and the fate of the digital push that expedited H-1Bs have funded.
Many H-1Bs are gobbled up by outsourcing companies, and President Trump promised during his campaign to make sure visa holders weren’t displacing Americans for jobs. In January, a draft executive order aimed at cracking down on work visas leaked and, while it hasn’t been signed, Politico reported it may be soon. In recent days, the Justice Department and USCIS have announced initiatives to look into H-1B fraud and abuse and USCIS has said that some entry-level computer programmers may no longer be eligible for H-1Bs.
The suspension of premium processing won’t affect the number of H-1B visas issued, even to outsourcing firms, but critics worry that lost revenue from the program will extend the agency’s digitization delays and, thus, perpetuate the backlogs that led to the stoppage in the first place.
There is a way to end the backlog problem.
End the H-1B Hunting License Scam.