Trump took a U-turn on H-1B visa. Good news for Indians
It is often said that No one knows what is Trump’s next move, not even Trump himself.
United States President Donald Trump said on Friday that his administration will change policies on the H-1B to encourage talented people to come to the country and pursue their dreams.
“H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship. We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.” Tweeted Trump on Friday.
What is H-1B Visa?
It is a temporary work visa but it has a dual purpose. If the employer who sponsored it likes you, they might petition for your green card during your H-1B work term, which makes you a US permanent resident. It is issued to the employer, not to the employee. Hence you can only work for that employer who sponsored it. The employee can ask another employer to transfer it and start working for them.
According to some estimates, more than three lakh Indians are believed to be in the US on H-1B visa.
When Trump first came into power, he changed some rules related to the visa and made it difficult to extend the period of H-1B visa.
H1-B holders in the United States can rest assured that changes are soon coming which will bring both simplicity and certainty to your stay, including a potential path to citizenship. We want to encourage talented and highly skilled people to pursue career options in the U.S.
Hindustan Times asked the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesperson Michael Bars about the their goals and he replied, “These proposed regulatory changes would help ensure more of the best and brightest workers from around the world come to America under the H-1B programme, including up to an estimated 16% rise in number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master’s degree or higher from a US institution.”
Critics, however, are not welcoming this new policy turn. On one hand, Trump is not allowing poor people fleeing from their country to save their lives and on another hand, Trump is welcoming people only if they have high skills.