News By/Courtesy: Daksh Dave | 25 Jun 2020 0:19am IST

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday suspended H-1B visas till the end of the year in a massive blow to Indian techies eyeing the American job market. To cover US jobs in a critical election year, several other forms of international work visas were also suspended until the end of 2020. The new regulations are going into force as of Wednesday.i 

H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables U.S. firms to employ foreign workers in specialized areas. According to estimates, the US issued 85,000 H-1B visas annually before the coronavirus pandemic, of which Indians get 60,000. This move could have a serious effect on the Indian industry, especially the IT sector. Indian IT professionals who have been issued H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2021, starting October 1, will now have to wait until at least the end of the year to apply to US diplomatic missions to get their passports stamped, or for visa renewals. Trump signed an immigration proclamation in April that targets people outside the US seeking to migrate legally to America, with a few exceptions. The directive, which was due to expire, will be extended to include certain visas for foreign workers by the end of 2020. The new visas are L-1 intra-company transfers visas, H-1B as well as spousal H-4 visas, H-2Bs for temporary non-agricultural workers, and most J-1 visas for exchange visitors. 

The proclamation also extends his previous executive order that banned the issuance of new Green Cards for permitted permanent residency until the year's end. In most areas, Green Card holders are immediately eligible to compete for nearly any job, at the same time as US citizens.

Since issuing the decree, many corporations, politicians, and human rights organizations have dismissed Trump's mounting resistance to his order. Google CEO Sunder Pichai said he was surprised by Trump's decision, adding: "Immigration has made a huge contribution to America's economic growth, making it a global technology leader." 

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 26 Jun 2020 11:08am IST


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