The president of the U.S, Donald Trump acknowledged to have been fickle minded showed his temperament on H1B Visa holders again. “Buy American and Hire American” as his punch dialogue during his election campaign, Trump took over the reins of U.S. administration. During the electioneering with this thump dialogue president, Trump impressed the people of America who have been holding their grudge of discrimination against Skilled Indian Techies and Chinese. After assuming his office after the tenure of his President-elect status to President, his advisors pacified him on this issue of H1B and L1 Visa holders predominantly from India. In the beginning, he said, “Yes, we need them.” As per the latest news, per se – considering new regulations aimed at preventing the extension of H-1B visas, predominantly used by Indian IT professionals.
Donald Trump Rakes up H1B visas again – NASSCOM Warns Trump
The act which is presently existing permits the U.S administration to extend the H-1B visas for thousands of immigrants, beyond the allowed two – three-year terms (6 years) if a green card is pending. But from the desk of Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Trump’s admin machinery is considering a number of policy and regulatory changes to carry out the President’s “Buy American, Hire American” slogan.
The technology companies with their base in the U.S rely on the existing act to hire thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. In the view of Leon Fresco, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department in the Obama administration (Democrats) who now represents H-1B workers, opines that the newly framed act by the Republicans would be a major disastrous development as many people have been waiting in line for green cards for over a decade, have U.S. citizen children, own a home. Needless to say, democrats were more liberal in considering such sensitive issues. Indian techies living in the U.S on H1 visas poured them applauds on the ex-president Obama for permitting the spouses of H1 visa holders to work legally In the U.S. (Spouses on H4 Visas)
Leon Fresco who has been representing H1B visa holders said: “More than one million H1-B visa holders in the country are waiting for green cards, many of whom are from India and have been waiting for more than a decade.” Now as per the new act pronounced by Donald Trump two days ago says ‘no extension to H-1B visa’ proposal will affect thousands of Indian professionals.
The process had already been begun and being circulated in internal memos in the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) department, aims to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas. In a layman’s terms to say – this new proposal of Donald Trump could directly impact those working in the US from keeping their visas valid while their green card applications are in the process.
Chandrashekhar, President of NASSCOM (National Association for Software and Services Companies) has raised his voice over visa-related issues and has taken it up with Senators, Congressmen and the administration. The US provides up to 85,000 new H-1B visas per year with beneficiaries and being permitted to stay up to six years. On the other side of the coin, there has been a great dearth of / lack of skilled workers in the US.
The citizens of America, claim that H-1B visas are increasingly being misused and Americans are often laid off in exchange of skilled Indian workers.
Donald Trump in his executive order said, “This historic action declares that the policy of our government is to aggressively promote and use American-made goods and to ensure that American labor is hired to do the job. It’s America first, you better believe it.”
Retorting to Trump’s new immigration policy, Anand Mahindra immediately tweeted to Indian techies living in the U.S on H-1B “’Swagatam, Welcome Home.’ You’re coming back in time to help India Rise.” Anand Mahindra as per his report emphasizes,” An estimated 5,00,000 to 7,50,000 Indian H-1B visa holders could be sent home if the US administration decides to go ahead with the proposal which is aligned with President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” vision to boost manufacturing and protect local jobs for Americans.”
IT companies, not only Indian based but also American tech giants such as Google and IBM are vulnerable to get into huge losses if this move of U.S really happens. Republicans would have to fight many big legal battles as the U.S based Tech Companies may file suits against the U.S government to protect the interests of their employees, most of whom are mid-level or senior managers.
A solace or good news comes from Immigration lawyers shows that the proposal to stop the extension of visa for Green Card applicants is unlikely to be implemented.
Many research reports by the top-notch economists and financial experts, in their studies, proved that if Trump moves this proposal any further, India will be in “Brain gain” status from “Brain drain” status and the American economy will be collapsed soon.