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Trump administration announces major H-1B work visa rule changes

A third of applicants would be denied under the new requirements, official says

The U.S. government says it is changing some work visa requirements to protect the American economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- The U.S. government has announced several major changes to the H-1B work visa program used primarily by high-skilled immigrants from India and China, including raising the minimum salary requirement and narrowing the definition of "specialty occupations" eligible for the program.

The length of visas for certain contract workers will also be shortened from three years to one, among other changes.

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