US Considers Stopping H-1B Visa Extensions, May Hit Indian Workers
A report said that India may be looking at upwards of 500,000 of its skilled workforce returning home.
The US Department of Homeland Security is considering new regulations that would prevent foreign workers from getting an H-1B visa extension while their green card application is pending.
A report in Hindustan Times said that India may be looking at upwards of 5,00,000 of its skilled workforce returning home.
The move could lead to large-scale deportations, and is bound to throw several families into crisis.
“The idea is to create a sort of ‘self-deportation’ of hundreds of thousands of Indian tech workers in the United States to open up those jobs for Americans,” a US source briefed by Homeland Security officials was quoted as saying.
Currently, foreign guest workers are allowed one three-year extension of the H-1B visa of three-year validity. If at the end of those six years, she/he has a pending Green Card (Permanent Residency) application, then there is an almost indefinite extension of the H-1B visa till such time the applicant's Green Card processing is completed.
The Trump administration is considering ending this. Thus, if an H1-B visa holder applies for an extension at the end of six years, then she/he would have to leave the US till the process is complete.
A report in The Indian Express said that the Indian government is watching the development closely. “It is one of our high-priority areas of engagement with our interlocutors in the US,” a government official was quoted as saying by the English daily.
However, a Times of India report said it is also possible that the visa extension roll back is never implemented as it is currently at a proposal stage and there are powerful arguments against implementing it.
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