Trump’s Procedural Sidesteps May Doom H-1B Visa Changes

Miriam Feldblum, executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education, stressed that the higher salary levels could pose a challenge to universities that depend on highly educated international researchers on H-1B visas.

“Big science cannot be done without international students and scholars and professors. Just look at the vaccine research and who’s involved,” she said, referring to the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine at universities across the U.S. “This is not about displacing native researchers or workers. This is about the team.”

International students graduating from U.S. universities would also likely struggle to find early-career employment that pays a high enough wage under the new standards, she said.

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