H1B relief to Indians, Trump administration makes no change in visa policy

H1B relief to Indians, Trump administration makes no change in visa policy

H1B relief to Indians, Trump administration makes no change in visa policy

Amidst reports that these kinda plans would drastically affect tech giants such as Google, Apple and even may court a legal row, the United States has clarified that there is no change in H-1B extension policy.

Indian techies on H1B visa in the United States can rejoice as a government official has stated that the Donald Trump administration is not considering any proposal to that could lead to deportation of lakhs of foreign workers by denying them visa extension. When the reports first became pubic, there was a stir among the Indian's and other people who have been working overseas and who are not the permanent citizens of the state.

The USCIS "is not considering a regulatory change that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the United States by changing interpretation of section certain language in Section 104 C of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21) statute that states that USCIS may grant the extensions", an official said. Also, it places the onus on clients to certify that the visa holder is not displacing an existing employee for a tenure of 5-6 years. The objective of enacting AC21 was to avoid a situation in which "these immigrants would otherwise be forced to return home at the conclusion of their allotted time in H-1B status, disrupting projects and American workers".

The Trump administration is considering several policy revisions to align with the president's "Buy American, Hire American" order.

President Trump had proposed that those applicants whose Green Card application is approved, will not be granted anty H-1B visa extension. But since taking office last January, the Trump administration has been cracking down on the scheme.

This announcement by USCIS has brought enormous relief for 750,000 Indians, who were assuming a possible deportation, if that rule was passed.

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Usually, as H1-B visa is granted for a period of three years and an additional extension of three months after which the visa holder has to return back to his home country.

Now, after the announcement that this proposed visa rule won't be implemented, Immigration Voice has expressed their delight.

The move had sent a wave of panic coursing through the community of H-1B workers here from India, a large number of whom were employed with some of America's top IT companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google and other sectors - Green Card sponsorship comes mostly, only actually, from U.S. companies. USCIS clarification helps H-1B visa holders to extend their tenure beyond the six-year limit. This is a GREAT development.

The McClatchy report also shed some new light on an upcoming ruling on the H-4 visa work permit, or EAD for some spouses of H-1B visa workers.

The US government decision, seen as the largest reform after three decades, is expected to add $1.4 trillion (Rs 90 lakh crore) to the Federal deficit over the next decade.

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