H-1B, Other Visas Suspended By Trump, 5.25 Lakh Jobs To Be Affected

The US government said that the new restrictions related to H-1B and other visas will affect 5. 25 lakh jobs by the end of this year.

Washington| In a big setback for Overseas Indian professional working in the US, the Trump administration has extended the time to suspend H-1B and several other visas. These visas are issued to immigrants who come to the US for Jobs. A senior White House official said Monday that foreigners will not be issued a green card until December 31. The decision comes in the wake of shrinking job market in America due to Coronavirus pandemic.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai taking a strong stand against the new order said that the immigrants helped make America financially stronger and made the country a leader in the field of technology.

He said that Google is at this stage because of the migrant employees. “I am disappointed by the government’s decisions related to immigration. We will stand with the immigrants and work to provide them all kinds of opportunities,” he said in his tweet.

Instructions to stop misuse of H-1B visa

Trump has also directed to stop misuse of H-1B visas. If someone does not follow the visa-related rules, the US Labor Department will take action against him. However the issuance of visas for food industry, medical and some other sectors can be approved. In April this year, the process of issuing H-1B visas was suspended for 60 days.

Dip in employment opportunities

The Coronavirus pandemic in the US has led to increased unemployment rate. This decision has been taken to reduce its impact and save the jobs of American citizens. At present, this ban is temporary. Any further decision on this will be taken after reforming the US visa process. L-1 visas issued to employees transferred from other countries have also been banned.

New rules will affect 5 lakh jobs

Trump may ban the issuance of H-1B visas as well as H-4, H-2B, J and L visas on Tuesday. Trump called for the immediate closure of the lottery system for such visas. The US government said that the new restrictions related to visas will affect 5. 25 lakh jobs by the end of this year. So far more than 3 million people have lost their jobs due to the spread of infection in America.

Except H-2B visas, all other visas will be suspended. H-2B visas are especially useful for immigrants from Mexico. Every year in the US, 1 million employees come from other countries. US lawmakers said the unemployment rate is so high that there is no reason to grant visas to these employees.

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