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Why America’s H-1B visa loss could be India’s gain

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  • Ananya Bhattacharya
By Ananya Bhattacharya

Tech reporter

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The Trump administration’s four-year campaign against the H-1B visa, designed for workers with special skills, has undermined foreign nationals’ sense of security and hurt the US economy. But America’s loss could be India’s gain.

Highly skilled, young workers from India—the biggest group of H-1B recipients—are abandoning the American dream and moving home. The technical jobs they held in the US may follow them.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has made a barrage of changes to the requirements, qualifications, and processes required to secure new H-1B visas or extend current ones.

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