19-Jan-2018

Indian IT professionals in US could return home as their H-1B Visas may not be extended

WASHINGTON Jan 4, 2018. Seems to be bringing a bad news for Indian techies who have American dreams and want to settle there. The US may stop the extension of H-1B visas, predominantly used by Indian IT professionals.
 
This comes as a part of president Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" initiative. 
 
The move could directly stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending.
 
The proposal, which is being shared between the Department of Homeland Security Department (DHS) heads, is part of Mr Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" initiative promised during the 2016 campaign, US-based news agency McClatchy's DC Bureau reported.
 
It aims to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, besides ending the provision of granting an extension for those who already have a green card.
 
"The act currently allows the administration to extend the H-1B visas for thousands of immigrants, predominantly Indian immigrants, beyond the allowed two three-year terms if a green card is pending," the report said.
 
"The idea is to create a sort of 'self- deportation' of hundreds of thousands of Indian tech workers in the United States to open up those jobs for Americans," it said, quoting a source briefed by Homeland Security officials.
 
"The agency is considering a number of policy and regulatory changes to carry out the President's Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, including a thorough review of employment-based visa programmes," said Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
 
The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
 
It is typically issued for three to six years to employers to hire a foreign worker. But H-1B holders who have begun the green card process can often renew their work visas indefinitely.