Another Blow To Indian IT Professionals, Trump Govt Introduces New Rules For H-1B Visa

The H-1B program was created under President George HW Bush. Which had to help companies fill specialized jobs as the tech sector started growing.


Washington DC| The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a plan to limit visas issued to personnel with skills coming from abroad. Officials said the move was a priority amid the loss of jobs due to the Coronavirus epidemic. The H1B visa is very popular among Indians. This visa is very important, especially among IT professionals. The new rules by the Trump administration have definitely come as a major blow to Indians IT professionals.

Officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor said that new rules will be issued soon on who can get visas and how much they should be paid, which will limit the use of the H-1B program. Acting deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli said that DHS’s assessment that one-third of applicants would be denied under the new rule would limit the number of special occupations that exist for H-1B holders and requires that employers pay more salary under the program.

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President Donald Trump issued an order to temporarily suspend the H-1B program by the end of this year in July. Cuccinelli and Labor deputy secretary Patrick Pizzella said that the program has been misused by companies to employ the staff from other countries, especially China and India on lesser pay than employing American personnel.

Pizzella said that American workers are being excluded from middle-class jobs with a good salary and non-American workers are being replaced. He said that in some cases the salaries are reduced which is wrong. The H-1B program was created under President George HW Bush. Which had to help companies fill specialized jobs as the tech sector started growing and it was difficult to find qualified personnel. Many companies insisted that they still need programs to fill key positions.

What is an H-1B Visa?

If companies working in the United States want to appoint a foreign person, then it is mandatory to take an H-1B visa for employment. Without this work permit, he cannot work in any company in America. A large number of IT professionals from India go to America to work after being issued H-1B. No person can apply for H1B Visa, but the company has to apply on behalf of any person. The H-1B visa is issued for 3 years, which can be extended up to a maximum of 6 years.


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