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Fast Tracked H1-B Visas on Pause

DHS announced that the program will be shut down for 6 months

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Breitbart reports that the Department of Homeland Security has announced the temporary shut down of the fast track H1-B visa program.

DHS chief John Kelly has been notified by Homeland Security to shut the “premium processing” loophole for six months which will likely delay approval of H-1B visa requests for months.

The decision comes four weeks before the deputies were required by law to quickly distribute roughly 65,000 more H-1B visas and has brought about mixed reactions and.

Employers and companies have slammed the decision because the visa program allowed for U.S. and foreign companies to import cheap white-collar contract-workers into the U.S. labor market.

However many viewed the H1-B program as a measure designed to take jobs away from Americans.

Canceling the H1-B visa program has been one of Trump’s major campaign promises.  “I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program,” he said in a March 2016 statement. “No exceptions,” he added.

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