As per the media report, the US is looking forward to new regulations that are aimed at curbing the extension of H-1B visas, mainly used by Indian IT professionals. This move is considered to be a part of Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative. This would lead to preventing foreign workers from having their H-1B visas when their applications for green cards are still at the pending stage.
The main aim is to prevent misuse of H-1B visas by laying new restrictions, apart from not granting extension to those who already possess a green card.
As per the report, the act allows the extension of H-1B visas for Indian immigrants, beyond the permitted two 3-year terms in case a green card is pending.
Homeland Security officials briefed that the entire idea is to create a ‘self-deportation’ of Indian workers in the US to open up those jobs for Americans.
Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), said that a number of regulatory changes are being considered to carry out the Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, which includes a review of employment-based visa programs.
H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa, which permits US companies to hire foreign workers in specialty occupations requiring technical expertise.
It is issued to employers for a period of 3–6 years to employ a foreign worker. H-1B holders who have initiated the green card process can renew their work visas indefinitely.
The technology companies are dependent on it to hire employees from countries like India and China.
The changes would have a dramatic effect mainly on Indian visa holders as more than half of H-1B visas are given to Indian nationals.
Leon Fresco, who now represent H-1B workers said that as more than 1 million visa holders who have US citizen children, own a home are waiting for green cards, this would be a major development.