Trump administration considers proposal that may send back more than 500,000 Indian tech employees

Visa/Immigration

Express News

Chidanand Rajghatta|TNN|Updated: Jan 3, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS:

– The Department of Homeland Security of the United States is stated to be thinking about new policies that would avoid H-1B visa extensions.

– This comes as part of fulfilling President Trump’ spromises made throughout the 2016 campaign.

– The action may trigger more than 500,000 proficient workers to lose their jobs and go back to India

WASHINGTON: India may be looking at upwards of 500,000 of its “skilled” labor force returning home from America if a proposition by the Trump administration+ not to extend H-1B visa of those awaiting permanent residency (Green card) is implemented.

The Department of Homeland Security is said to be considering new guidelines that would avoid H-1B visa extensions as part of President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Work with American” effort guaranteed during the 2016 project.

Under existing law, foreign guest employees are enabled one three-year extension of the H-1B visa of three-year validity. If at the end of those 6 years the guest employee has a pending Green Card (Long-term Residency) application, then there is a nearly indefinite extension of the H-1B visa till such time the candidate’s Permit processing is finished.

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Since there is such a substantial backlog of Green Card candidates, particularly for nations such as India and China, hundreds of countless employees from these countries spend 10-12 years in exactly what is mirthlessly called H-1B hell or limbo. The little ‘convenience’ they currently have is they can remain in the United States while the Green Card is being processed.Image result for india and china accounted for 82% of H1B Visa in 2016The Trump administration is considering ending that concession. If an H-1B visa holder has applied for a Green Card at the end of his six-years then he or she will have to leave the United States till the processing is total.

Technically, the Trump administration is right and well within the law to change the guidelines because the H-1B was implied to address proficient worker lack in the US, and not meant to become a route for migration … However for many years, numerous countless proficient foreign workers, particularly Indians and Chinese have actually used the H-1B route to very first become irreversible residents (Permit holders) then end up being citizens.

They include a few of the most storied names in the US tech market, consisting of Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai, India-born head honchos of Microsoft and Google respectively, and because they included such enormous value to the US tech market, the entire visa category has normally been taken a look at favorable by both the tech market and previous administrations.

However, in the run-up to the 2016 Presidential elections, nativist American tech employees who felt short-changed by the influx of foreign employees handled to persuade the Trump campaign that there is no shortage of American tech workers and the H-1B inflow was part of the US tech industry’s techniques to keep earnings low.

Succeeding administrations have fiddled with the rules to make it difficult for United States companies to employ foreign employees, consisting of hiking processing fees and minimum salaries, need for H-1B stays unabated because the United States industry says America does not produce sufficient STEM finishes with requisite ability sets.

Changes to the present H-1B guidelines will impact India more than any other nation. More than 50 percent of the 85,000 H-1B visas that are presently being released yearly goes to Indian employees, which means there are an approximated 255,000 Indians with H-1B visas in the last six years alone. 10s of thousands more H-1B visa holders returning more than a years are already waiting for Permit processing.

Naturally, it is not essential that H-1B visa receivers are immigration aspirants or are having their Green Cards processed. Many merely go there for short-term work or return after their stint.

This is not the very first blow dealt by the Trump administration to foreign worker inflow as part of its effort to keep US tasks for Americans. IT has actually currently revealed that it plans to roll back the H-4 EAD introduced throughout the Obama presidency that permitted spouses of H-1B visa holders to operate in the US subject to specific conditions.

It is also possible that the visa extension roll back is never ever carried out. It is currently at a proposition phase and there are powerful arguments versus implementing it.

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Chief among them is that the young, foreign-born proficient workforce pays into the US tax system and improves the country’s economy. Many tech sages have actually warned that if the United States keeps them out, then it will accrue to the advantage of their house nations; they will just return and begin Facebooks and Ubers, something US tech mavens have alerted is currently occurring in China.