Indian-American Republican Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy Calls for Radical H-1B Visa Overhaul, Puts Skills First
Indian-American Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy criticizes the H-1B visa program and proposes a merit-based system, highlighting its benefits for aligning skills with the country's needs. He aims to reform the current system if elected as US President, emphasizing its detrimental effects. This shift could have significant implications for Indians, potentially increasing competition and reducing availability for lower-skilled positions. Employers would have a greater role in the selection process, and there may be impacts on family-based immigration.
Indian-American Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has criticized the H-1B visa program, advocating for a replacement of the lottery system with a merit-based admission process. In an interview with Fox News, Ramaswamy argued that a meritocratic immigration system would align skills with the needs of the country and require applicants to pass a citizenship test. He also highlighted the provisions that prevent H-1B immigrants sponsored by companies from working for other firms without a bureaucratic process.
Ramaswamy, a former biotech entrepreneur, believes the current H-1B system is detrimental to all parties involved and plans to reform it if elected as US President. He has described the lottery system as a form of indentured servitude that benefits only the sponsoring company. Ramaswamy also stressed the need to eliminate chain-based migration and expressed support for using military force to secure the border and deporting US-born children of undocumented immigrants. The implementation of Ramaswamy's proposed reforms could have significant implications for Indians, who account for a large portion of H-1B workers.
A shift to a merit-based system may increase competition among Indian applicants and make it more challenging for individuals to secure H-1B visas. Furthermore, fewer visas may be available for lower-skilled or entry-level positions. Employers would also have a greater role in the selection process, requiring them to demonstrate their commitment to investing in workforce development. Additionally, merit-based immigration proposals may prioritize primary applicants based on individual qualifications, potentially impacting the ability of Indian workers to bring their families to the US.