On March 31, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a memo that detailed a change in U.S. policy for H-1B visas. The agency will no longer issue visas for entry-level programmers. Instead, employers must demonstrate that the coders they are bringing into the country have specialized or unique skills. Immigration attorneys say they have already seen an increase in requests for evidence in H-1B cases.
Some say the change could help increase wages for developers, which would also increase costs for employers. The policy will also likely reduce outsourcing.