"H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship", Mr. Trump tweeted. "We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.", Trump tweeted.
Much Indian support in the United States 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.
Trump issued the message on H-1B amid a government shutdown which resulted from an impasse with congressional Democrats, who are refusing to fund a security package for the southwest border that includes funds for constructing a barrier, Trump's signature campaign promise.
Donald Trump's tweet comes as a good news for Indian professionals, especially in the IT sector, who now have to wait for almost a decade to get a Green Card or permanent legal residency.
It's unclear what Mr. Trump meant exactly, as simplifying a path to citizenship for such visa holders would nearly certainly require approval from Congress, and the White House has made no such suggestion in its latest border security funding proposal, or any other public offer. The White House did not immediately comment on what kind of changes Trump was considering.
H-1B visa-holders are often sponsored by their employers for permanent residency (better known as Green Card), which is a step away from citizenship.
The United States grants 65,000 H-1B visas every year and an additional 20,000 visas for those with a master's degree or higher.
The H-1B visa program allows USA employers to hire graduate-level workers in specialty occupations, like IT, finance, accounting, architecture, engineering, science and medicine. If enacted, it would require employers to enter an online registry for each worker they want to hire using an H-1B visa before the application period opens.
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. Silicon Valley companies are the heaviest users of the H-1B visa.