These US companies employ the most H-1B visa holders

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The change would allow immigration officials to review all H-1B applicants, including those with advanced degrees, at the same time, slightly increasing the chances that a higher percentage of the visas will go to more educated workers.

One of the most sought-after visa programs in the USA, the H-1B, could see some significant changes in 2019, according to President Trump, including a potential path to citizenship for recipients of the non-immigrant visa.

Trump has also derided visas granted to family members of U.S. residents or citizens as "chain migration", and backed a Republican proposal in 2017 that would have slashed legal immigration in half.

When asked about the tweet, USCIS spokesman Michael Bars pointed to the administration's proposed changes to the H-1B process, which are likely to become final later this year.

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the H1-B visa permits United States employers to hire temporary foreign workers with at least a bachelor's degree, or equivalent specialized work experience, to fill needs not met by the American workforce.

Also, simplifying a path to citizenship for H1-B visa holders would nearly certainly need congressional approval.

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Microsoft: Microsoft hired 1,479 workers through H-1B in 2017, the second most of USA companies - an increase in 334 employees from the year prior, or close to 29 percent. The president's message on January 11 suggests that the White House has reviewed at least one proposal and has decided on a course of action.

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Competition is tough for the temporary visas. In 2018, the United States hit the limit on the number of H-1Bs it could issue, 65,000, by the first week of April, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

It would also entail a new electronic registration system meant to streamline the application process.

Much Indian support in the U.S. for president Trump is premised on his pledge to reform the immigration system that many experts say discriminates against those to come to the country legally while favoring illegal immigrants who are beneficiaries of various amnesty and regularization programs.

US companies often use H-1B visas to hire graduate-level workers in several specialized fields, including information technology, medicine, engineering and mathematics.

The President has said the wall will stem illegal immigration, and has long promised to deliver it after it was a key element of his campaign strategy.

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Here's a look at the American companies (and industries) that benefited the most from the program in 2017.