Trump Administration May Suspend H1B, Other Visas

Publish On: 12 Jun, 2020 11:35 AM | Updated   |   Shivalik  

As per a media report, US President Donald Trump, in view of the massive unemployment across America, is considering the suspension of a number of employment visas including the H1B, which is the most sought-after among Indian IT professionals. 

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On Thursday, as per a news report by The Wall Street Journal, the suspension could spill into the government’s new fiscal year beginning October 1, when many new visas are issued. 

“That could bar any new H1B holder outside the country from coming to work until the suspension is lifted, though visa holders already in the country are unlikely to be affected,” the daily reported.

Trump administration's decision on the suspension of the H1B visas-- the most coveted foreign work visas for technology professionals from India, will have an adverse impact on thousands of Indian IT professionals. The deadly COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closure of business activities have already led to a large number of Indians on the H1B visas to lose their jobs. 

The White House, however, said that no final decision has been made and the administration is considering various proposals.

“The administration is currently evaluating a wide range of options, formulated by career experts, to protect American workers and job seekers especially disadvantaged and underserved citizens — but no decisions of any kind have been made,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

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In addition to the H1B visas, the suspension could apply to the H-2B visa for short-term seasonal workers, the J-1 visa for short-term workers including camp counsellors and au pairs and the L-1 visa for internal company transfers, the financial daily reported.