Trump Temporarily Suspends H-1B Visas: Us Moving to a merit-based immigration system!
US President Donald Trump has directed his administration to “reform” the H-1B visa system and move in the direction of merit-based immigration, White House officials have said.
“Moving to a merit-based immigration system,” the White House said in a statement soon after Trump issued a proclamation to temporarily suspend H-1B and other work visas till the end of the year. The Trump Administration will reform the immigration system to prioritise the highest-skilled workers and protect American jobs, it said.
Under these reforms, the H-1B programme will prioritise those workers who are offered the highest wage, ensuring that the highest-skilled applicants are admitted, the White House said.
At least 85000 Indian software techies would lose job opportunities in the US what with the latter cancelling the H1B and H1L visas. Due to Donald Trump’s decision, even those who currently are in the US with these visas would be affected and those who stay back will have to be completely on their own . This will be a huge financial burden on the Indians working in the US on these visas.
Trump took this decision to cancel the H1B and H1L visas to address the rising unemployment issues due to Corona. Already 5.25 lakh American jobs have been lost in the wake of the lockdown. Trump’s latest decision is likely to affect 1.70 lakh Indians working on green cards. Even among those who have applied for green cards, an estimated 60 per cent are Indians.
The latest order is likely to hit the students intending to pursue their education in the US. The American government’s decision to cancel even J1 visas is likely to hit them. Similarly, the visas for seasonal workers are also cancelled. Thus, tough times indeed for Indian techies intending to pursue a career in the US.
A number of US tech CEOs, including Apple’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai, said immigration and consequent diversity
had immensely contributed to the American Success.
Indian IT association NASSCOM described the move as misguided and harmful to the US economy “This new proclamation will impose new challenges and possibly force more work to be performed offshore since local talent is not available” it said.