GOP Vivek Ramaswamy to replace H1B visa system with ‘meritocratic admission’


Anjali Sharma

GG News Bureau

WASHINGTON DC, 18th Sept. GOP Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy on Sunday has termed the H-1B Visa an “indentured servitude” and vowed to replace the “lottery system” with an “actual meritocratic admission”.

He added that the US needs to eliminate chain-based migration.

Ramaswamy said, “The lottery system needs to be replaced by actual meritocratic admission. It’s a form of indentured servitude that only accrues to the benefit of the company that sponsored an H-1B immigrant. I’ll gut it.”

“The people who come as family members are not the meritocratic immigrants who make skills-based contributions to this country,” he added.

H-1B is a non-immigrant visa highly sought after by Indians.

Under the H-1B visa regime, US companies employ foreign workers, mostly Indians and Chinese, in occupations that require some theoretical or technical expertise.

Ramaswamy has used the visa program at least 29 times in the last five years.

US immigration authorities have approved H-1B visa applications for his former company Roivant Sciences 29 times between 2018 and 2023 to employ foreigners.

Ramaswamy stepped down as chief executive officer of Roivant in February 2021 but remained on the board of directors until February this year when he announced his candidacy for presidential run.

The SEC filings showed the company and its subsidiaries had 904 full-time employees as of March 31including 825 in the US.

According to the first poll debate, Ramaswamy’s candidate was endorsed by 28 percent of the 504 respondents followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with 27 percent, and Mike Pence with 13 percent.

Republican candidate Nikki Haley received the vote of 7 percent.

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