H1-B visa restrictions likely to be announced soon. Indians could be worst hit

Trump might suspend H-1B visa for the rest of the year 2020. Indians could be worst hit.
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US President Donald Trump is expected to announced the Order to restrict H-1B, L-1, and other temporary work permits on Monday, June 22, a decision likely to affect Indians the most.

  • The move is part of the US government’s efforts to pause immigration and help boost local employment in the country.

Trump said he would announce new restrictions on several work visas on Sunday or Monday, speaking to Fox News in an interview on Saturday. He also added that there will be very few exclusions. He further stated that the plan will not impact those already in the US on work visas.

In some cases, you have to have exclusions. You need them for big businesses where they have certain people that have been coming in for a long time,” the USA President, Trump said.

The announcement is likely to suspend temporary work visas, including the highly-coveted H-1B visa, may affect around 2.4 lakh people from across the world seeking to work in the US.

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Among these, Indian IT (information technology) professionals could be the worst-hit as they dominate the list of successful (H-1B) visa applicants.

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to limit people from entering the US across visa categories comprising the H-1B visa for as long as 180 days, as per an earlier report by news agency Bloomberg.

The report also stated,

The executive action is also expected to suspend H-2B visas for seasonal workers such as hotel and construction staff, J-1 visas, which are meant for research scholars and professors, and other cultural and work-exchange programs.”

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Another report in NPR News had yesterday said Trump is likely to suspend all temporary work visas till year end.

The executive action is also expected to suspend H-2B visas for seasonal workers such as hotel and construction staff, J-1 visas, which are meant for research scholars and professors, and other cultural and work-exchange programs,” the report had said.

In the meantime, several tech companies and industry bodies have already cautioned the government against any such restrictions as they would be counter-productive for the US economy.


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