US presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has said that he will abolish H1-B visas. India gets three-fourth of it. Since Ramaswamy is of Indian origin, his issue becomes important. Ramaswamy himself frequently uses the H1-B visa.
Older methods are generally used to issue visas. You register yourself on the portal and then you are selected through a random process. Generally it is called lottery system. Ramaswamy’s former biotech firm Roivant Sciences was granted 29 H1-B visas by the US CIS, or Citizenship and Immigration Services, over a five-year period between 2018 and 2023.
India has the highest share in H1B visas
When the American media asked him about this, Ramaswamy said, “We have achieved as per the rules… But yes, if we come to power, we will make some changes in the program.” He has criticized Randall’s selection process into the visa program. Anyone can apply for a visa on the portal. Swamy says thousands of people apply. America issues 65,000 H1B visas every year. Of these, 20,000 visas are for those who have obtained a higher degree from a US institution. Apart from this, this visa is mostly available to the citizens of India and China.
Vivek Ramaswamy himself is an immigrant
Swamy said that if he comes to power, he will replace this system with ‘meritocratic admission’. Visa will be granted only on merit basis. In this, not only people with technical skills can get visa but people with other skills can also get visa. The presidential candidate himself is an immigrant. He is talking about tightening the immigration policy. He advocated the use of army on the southern border. It is said that those who are children of illegal immigrants should be sent back, while Article 14 of the US Constitution gives the right to citizenship to children born in America.