Jiri Stejskal is the type of entrepreneur that helps the US economy to flourish.
The 58-year-old runs a successful translation business on the outskirts of Philadelphia.
His company – Cetra Language Solutions – employs 35 people and has an annual turnover of $5m (£4m).
His high profile clients include food giant Nestle and the US defence department.
Mr Stejskal also happens to be an immigrant to the US. He arrived in the country in 1988 as a political refugee from the former Czechoslovakia, and turned his life into a business success story.
This is relevant, because under President Trump’s continuing “America First” policy, US companies are being told to hire more home-grown Americans instead of giving jobs to people from overseas like Mr Stejskal.
Yet applications for H-1Bs are falling. Official figures show that there were 236,000 in 2016, 199,000 in 2017, and 190,098 in 2018.
While US companies apply for the visa on behalf of the would-be immigrant, the biggest recipients of H-1Bs are Indian nationals, followed by people from China.
A leading scientist at a Chinese university says he is pleased that fewer students from his country seemingly now want to work in the US.
“There is no longer a brain drain for China,” says the academic who wished to remain anonymous.
“The fact that we are treated as spies in America… and China’s exploding productivity growth make Chinese students invest their ingenuity at home.”
Across in India, 30-something entrepreneur Mani Karthik quit the American dream in 2017.
He had spent seven years working in Silicon Valley, but says that the increasingly restrictive visa system, and concerns about what he saw as a growing hostility to immigrants made him go back to India.
He now assists other entrepreneurial and ambitious Indians to return home from the US and find good employment.
“I have helped at least 500 people relocate back to India,” he says. “We are bringing the once-gone brains back.”
However, despite the decline in applications for the H-1B visa, they still exceed the amount that are given out every year to businesses. This is set at 65,000, plus an additional 20,000 spaces per year for foreign students who have gained a masters degree from an American university.
Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, a US think tank, says: “The US economy is doing really good right now.
“So, even though President Trump is creating a hit on the H-1B programme, to the extent that there are less people interested in coming in, and more people get kicked out of it… the supply of immigrants who are interested in coming to work in the US, and the supply of employers that are interested in bringing them here, remains huge.”
Meanwhile, lawyer and businessman David Reisher, owner of New York-based Legal Advice Group, says that President Trump’s efforts to give more jobs to Americans was “a common sense plan”.
“It will help put Americans back to work without requiring any major new spending,” he says.
Yet back at Cetra Language Solutions, Mr Stejskal is now thinking of creating employment overseas instead: “I’m considering hiring foreign nationals in offices abroad.”