Connect with us

Featured

Cancellation of H-1B Visa Program & H-4 Spouse Visa to Impact India the Hardest

Published

on

The H-1B Visa Program of the United States is one of the most sought-after visas not only by Indian professionals but across various nationalities. The H-1B Visa permits the U.S. employers to hire foreign workers in speciality professions and one of the biggest beneficiaries of this visa are IT workers from India. At a time when H-1B visa rules are being tightened by Trump administration, there is increasing attention on the EB-5 visa program. EurAsian Times analyses the impact of the cancellation of H-4 & H-1B Visa Program on Indian workers.

Under the EB-5 visa program, also called ‘cash for visa’, people can apply for permanent residence (PR) in the United States (not citizenship) for themselves, their spouse and children below 21 years. The only condition to get EB-5 visa is to invest and create at least 10 permanent full-time jobs in the United States. At present, the minimum investment required to obtain the EB-5 visa is US$ 1 million.

Is JF-17 Thunder Fighter Jet a Better Choice than HAL Tejas?

What is the problem with H-1B Visa Program?

Will the American President Donald Trump repeal or undermine the H-1B visa program is a mystery; however, the scrapping of the H-1B Visa has remained in limelight since the US presidential elections. During the campaign, President Trump made some appearances with US I.T workers who lost their jobs to Indian counterparts, working on H-1B visas. After he was elected as the President, he recruited Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General who was a staunch critic of H-1B Visa program. Thereafter, President Trump on various occasions also backed the need to bring in the talented workforce from overseas but also contradicted his own statement by Hire in America statement.

H-1B Visa Program – Threats From Trump

One of the promises that Donald Trump made during his campaigning was to repeal the open immigration and trade program that has threatened the American workers, which also includes the H-1B visa program. The United States Customs and Immigration Services (USICS), which is responsible for the H-1B Visa Program is evaluating the process so that it fits into Presidents Trump’s Policy of ‘Buy American, and Hire American’

However, the H-1B visa program is mandated by the US legislation and any modification is only possible through the congressional process. The H-1B visa program has undergone various changes since its inception and at present has an annual cap of 65,000. An additional 20,000 visas are granted to aspirants with master’s degrees from US universities. Every year, the number of applicant to H-IB visa exceeds the capping, and therefore a lottery system is used to grant the visas. 

SUPARCO vs ISRO: Pakistan Ready to Spy on India with SUPARCO

In a highly volatile U.S. Congress, passing any bill, including the bill on H-IB Visa program, is extremely challenging. Hence, the USCIS seems to be working on slight modifications to the program through executive measures. Based on the underlying legislation that mandates the numbers and scope of the program, many elements are decided by executive rule-making. The lottery system to select the applicants, for instance, is based on an executive decision. The Trump administration extended the H-IB lottery system this year, however many congressmen have been debating to modify the evaluation process to gauge the competence of the applicants.

Cancellation of H-4 and H-IB Visa Program

USCIS now examines all applications for renewal of H-1B visas, requiring the applicants to establish eligibility all over again, after the expiry of the current visa. The USCIS now also plans to issue H-IB Visas for a shorter duration, besides scrutinizing the work sites to ensure that workers are at places they are legally supposed to be in.

Why is Japan Unhappy with Bullet Train Project in India?

Overall, USCIS is working on reducing the advantages of hiring international workers to the United States via the H-1B Visa Program for organizations.  A more disturbing decision that the Trump administration has already announced to suspend work permits to spouses of H-1B workers expecting US permanent residency. More than hundred thousand spouses benefit from H-4 Employment Visa (spouse visa) and the majority of them are women from India. Moves to change the H-1B visa program and suspension of H-4 Employment Visa is going to impact Indian IT workers the hardest.

Must Read at EurAsian Times: Why India Hanged “Afzal Guru” and Left “Bitta Karate” – The Butcher of Kashmiri Pandits?

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

Japan-Russia Japan-Russia
Asia Pacific1 hour ago

Russia, Japan Tensions Set To Explode; Moscow To Deploy S-300 Missiles In The Disputed Kuril Islands

Another round of discord may erupt between Russia and Japan over the long-disputed Kuril islands (known in Japan as the...

Pakistan-FDI-china Pakistan-FDI-china
Americas3 hours ago

Pakistan, China ‘Seriously Concerned’ After India Signs Geospatial Pact With The United States

With BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) India received a massive boost to access American capabilities including geospatial intelligence for...

TURKEY TURKEY
Featured4 hours ago

Turkey Aghast As French Magazine Charlie Hebdo Publishes ‘Loathsome Caricature’ Of Erdogan

Turkey has denounced French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing “loathsome so-called caricatures” purportedly of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Charlie...

Putin-Macron Putin-Macron
Americas14 hours ago

From Rafale Jets To Airbus – How Will Turkey, Qatar & Egypt Manage To Boycott France?

French President Emmanuel Macron has gone all-out in his attempt to defend the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which...

US-ELECTIONS-20202-TRUMP-BIDEN US-ELECTIONS-20202-TRUMP-BIDEN
Americas14 hours ago

Why US Media Is Again Underestimating Donald Trump & Ignoring His Master-Strokes?

Many analysts also fear that Joe Biden could reverse Donald Trump's policies of going tough on China and Iran while...

putin-russia putin-russia
Featured16 hours ago

French Dassault Fighter Jets Intercepted By Russian Su-27 Over The Black Sea

The Russian Defense Ministry’s National Center for Defense Management has said that Russian Air Force’s Su-27 intercepted several French attack...

ISRAEL-UAE ISRAEL-UAE
Featured17 hours ago

UAE Attempts To Woo Indonesia As It Normalizes Ties With Israel

In a historic visit, a delegation of UAE’ senior officials visited Israel for the first time, after the peace treaty,...

F-22-RAPTOR F-22-RAPTOR
Featured19 hours ago

Not Happy With F-35 Jets, Israel Looks To Acquire The Ultimate Dogfighter – F-22 Raptors From The US

Nowhere did Israel President Benjamin Netanyahu see that the historical normalisation “Abraham Accord” it has signed with the United Arab...

Russia-China Russia-China
Asia Pacific23 hours ago

Russia Equips Chinese Special Forces With Latest Helicopters As It Battles India In The Eastern Ladakh

With a military stand-off that enters its sixth month not soon from now, neighbours India and China have entered an...

HYPERSONIC-MISSILE HYPERSONIC-MISSILE
Featured24 hours ago

India, Russia To Develop Advance Version Of BrahMos Missiles Especially For Targeting AWACS – Reports

India and Russia are planning to develop an advanced version of Indo-Russian cruise missile BrahMos, which will be capable of...

Advertisement