U.S. soothes Indian H-1B concerns

U.S. soothes Indian H-1B concerns

McClatchy DC reported on December 31 that USCIS planned to reinterpret current law in a way that would stop H-1B workers from extending their status while awaiting final adjudication of their green card applications.

Coming as a relief for many Indian workers in the United States is the latest announcement by the Trump administration which clarifies that the government is not considering a policy change that could force the workers on H-1B visa to leave the country.

This issue that Trump administration was considering potential policy changes to H-1B visa extensions that would trigger "self-deportation" of hundreds of thousands Indian tech workers generated a swift and intense blowback from some lawmakers and the IT industry.

This provides for H-1B extensions beyond the six-year cap that is prevailing now.

USCIS has now told McClatchy that while it will conduct a thorough review of employment-based visas, it has no plans to make a regulatory change that would reinterpret the H-1B extension provisions of AC21.

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This policy could have affected thousands of Indian immigrants working in the USA on H-1B visa as they could be deported.

Michael Wolff 's book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which has ignited a firestorm in Washington DC, portrays Donald Trump as being in favour of the H-1B visas during the transition period when he was President-elect, after having campaigned to curtail the visa, and eventually moving to fulfill his campaign promise. Although, the department has refuted this claim and said "any suggestion that USCIS changed its position because of pressure is absolutely false".

India's National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) has repeatedly cautioned against any disruption to the H-1B program, saying that it would have detrimental effects on both the U.S. and India; nevertheless, it remains to be seen how President Trump's "America First" approach and current antipathy towards further immigration might eventually impact on overseas tech workers and their employers.

Since taking office last January, the Trump administration has been talking about cracking down on the H- 1B visa scheme. Download The for your device.

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