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Citrix CEO talks H-1B visas, other Trump proposals

As President Donald Trump’s administration considers changes to tax, healthcare and immigration laws, large technology companies are primed to feel some of the biggest effects.

The CEO of one such organization, Citrix, discussed the potential fallout in an interview with SearchEnterpriseDesktop.

“There’s a lot of anticipation,” Kirill Tatarinov said.

That’s especially true regarding the rules around H-1B visas, which allow U.S. companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty careers such as technology. These visas are distributed to candidates based on a random computer-generated lottery system. Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services suspended the fast-tracking process for H-1B approval, which lets applicants pay a fee to get a faster response to their applications.

“Expectations are very high for — I would characterize it as ‘modernization’ of — H-1B visas,” Tatarinov said. “We employ highly educated, highly paid workers that were brought up in countries other than the United States. Citrix, just like frankly most other native high-tech U.S.-based companies, would benefit from something other than a lottery.”

In terms of healthcare, Citrix employs about 4,000 people in the U.S. who would feel the waves of any changes there.

“It’s not insignificant,” Tatarinov said. “Expectations are still high, despite what transpired, in healthcare reform that impacts everybody.”

Republicans in March shelved a first attempt at a new healthcare bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but the White House said just last week that it would continue those efforts.

Tatarinov also discussed Citrix’s turnaround over the past year and its partnership with Microsoft. Check out more of the interview on SearchVirtualDesktop.