Nasscom also claims that they increase enforcement and investigations for these visas and also change the current four-tiered prevailing wage system for jobs that U.S. employers seek to fill with foreign workers.
Besides this, the required wage level for entry-level workers would rise to the 45th percentile of their profession's distribution, from the current requirement of the 17th percentile.
The new rules will take effect in short order. Most H-1Bs are actually paid in the bottom slots which have been hiked the most.
It is essential that the methodology used by the Department in calculating the prevailing wage rates accurately reflect what U.S. workers performing the same kinds of jobs and with similar qualifications make to ensure employers can not use foreign workers in place of United States workers, it said. Trump has been rhetoric of his anti-immigration stance ever since he arrived at the political scene four years ago.
The White House said that Trump is committed to making sure the American workers are not disadvantaged by foreign labour.
"Not only those who employ the H-1B workers but also those that benefit from that labor", Pierce said. Trump administration officials acknowledged their decision to make the changes as an "interim final rule" - a process that limits the opportunity for public comment - would leave the measures more vulnerable to legal challenge.
The administration will likely face lawsuits over the new regulations, said Doug Rand, immigration policy expert and Boundless co-founder.
The new rules, which were jointly announced by the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will narrow the definition of "specialty occupations" eligible for the visa.
IT industry body Nasscom said that the move will restrict access to talent and harm the American economy, endanger United States jobs, put U.S. interests at risk, and slowR&D into solutions for the Covid crisis.
There would also be increased workplace inspections and additional oversight of the H-1B program, Cuccinelli said.
Tuesday's rules require the foreign workers to have a degree in the "specialty occupation" they apply for, instead of any college degree.
One change is thought to be an altered definition of the "speciality occupation" to a job, that would require a degree rather than simply recommending it, while also "tightening standards to require that foreign workers show specialized merit to establish their eligibility".
The rule will go into effect in 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register.
"He never responded to my call at the start of his term to protect workers from H-1B abuses".
By making it harder for many employers to exploit the H-1B program to replace Americans, and by creating a more realistic yardstick for wages that must be paid to foreign workers, the administration has taken a big step toward implementing the president's Hire American pledges.
The statement came hours after the Trump administration announced new restrictions on H-1B nonimmigrant visa programme which it said is aimed at protecting American workers, restoring integrity and to better guarantee that H-1B petitions are approved only for qualified beneficiaries and petitioners, a move which is likely to affect thousands of Indian professionals.