US President Donald Trump is considering suspending H1B and various employment visas, most sought-after amongst Indian IT professionals, in view of the large unemployment in America as a result of coronavirus pandemic, in keeping with a media report.
The proposed suspension may lengthen into the federal government’s new fiscal year starting October 1, when many new visas are issued, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, quoting unnamed administration officers.
“That might bar any new H-1B holder exterior the nation from coming to work till the suspension is lifted, although visa holders already within the nation are unlikely to be affected,” The daily reported.
The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables US corporations to make use of overseas employees in specialty occupations that require the theoretical or technical experience.
The know-how firms rely on it to lease tens of 1000’s of employees yearly from nations like India and China.
Such a call by the Trump administration is more likely to have a hostile impression on 1000’s of Indian IT professionals. Already numerous Indians on the H-1B visas have misplaced their jobs and are headed again residence throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
The White House, however, stated that no last decision has been made and the administration is considering numerous proposals.
“The administration is presently evaluating a variety of choices, formulated by profession consultants, to guard American employees and job seekers particularly deprived and underserved residents — however, no selections of any type have been made,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley acknowledged in a press launch.
In addition to the H-1B visas, the suspension may apply to the H-2B visa for short-term seasonal employees, the J-1 visa for short-term employees together with camp counselors and au pairs and the L-1 visa for internal firm transfers, the financial daily reported.
Meanwhile, the US Chambers of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue on Thursday wrote a letter to Trump, expressing concern over his reported transfer on non-permanent work visas.
“As the economic system rebounds, American companies will want assurances that they will meet all their workforce wants. To that finish, it’s essential that they’ve entry to expertise each domestically and from all over the world,” Donohue wrote in a letter to Trump.
According to The Hill newspaper, Donohue stated that American companies want L-1 visa holders, who’ve a piece visa legitimate for a comparatively brief period of time, for the essential expertise.
He noted the significance of H-1B visa holders, who’ve a work visa legitimate for a number of years, for varied industries, together with technology, accounting, and manufacturers, the newspaper stated.
“Policies that will, for instance, impose wide-ranging bans on the entry of nonimmigrant employees or impose burdensome new regulatory necessities on companies that make use of overseas nationals would undermine that entry to expertise and within the course of, undercut our economic system’s skill to develop and create jobs,” Donohue added.