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US tech sector braces for visa upheaval

Mooted changes to H-1B work permits would make hiring foreign talent even harder

SILICON VALLEY Since Donald Trump was elected president, Indian IT professionals living in the U.S. have been getting nervous. Abhijit, who lives in California with his wife and 4-month-old daughter, is one of them.

Abhijit has been waiting over a year for an H-1B visa, a type of visa that allows highly skilled foreign nationals to work in America. But the new administration, railing against U.S. jobs being "stolen," has repeatedly attacked the H-1B visa program and promised to revamp it in such a way that companies prioritize Americans in hiring.

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