In a very positive development--from the perspectives of the Indian migrants in the US on the H-1B Visas--the concerned US officials have reportedly stated that the incumbent Trump Government has no plans whatsoever to end the reported extensions given to the H-1B Visa holders, and force them to leave the nation, even as all such reports of the government considering such a proposal are 100% wrong.
Without a doubt, the news would bring a lot of joy for the migrants from India, especially for the Indian techies, who had been severely troubled over the reports earlier.
The declaration by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) comes days after reports surfaced that the Trump Government was seriously mulling making the H-1B Visa laws stricter that could result in the exile of as high as 7,50,000 Indians.
The reports had claimed that the government plans were afoot to end extensions for the H-1B Visa holders having to leave the nation as the recruiters/firms could seek extensions in one-year increases under section 106(a)-(b) of AC21 in its place.
Allegedly, the agency is considering many policy and regulatory amendments to discharge President's Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, comprising a detailed appraisal of the different visa schemes that are employment based.
The statement arrives post the news report as per which the US was mulling new laws to stop the extension of the H-1B Visas that are highly cherished by the IT experts from India.
It is claimed that the USCIS was at no time mulling such a rule change even as any claim that the USCIS improved its stand, courtesy pressure is totally untrue. However, whatever may be the case, the fact remains that Trump-led US Government seems to have recognized that the proposed move would not have served any practical purpose.
Significantly, the industry and numerous lawmakers had strongly opposed the reported development. A concerned Indian organization of the Indian Information Technology had gone to the extent of warning that any unruly move on the visa front would be harmful for both the involved countries.
The USCIS has a Congressional decree to proffer 65,000 H-1B Visas in the general stream and an additional 20,000 for those candidates with higher education -- masters and beyond -- from the US universities in the domain of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The H-1B Scheme provides provisional US Visas that enable the firms/organizations to engage exceedingly trained foreign experts involved in regions with scarcities of capable local employees.
Since coming to power in January, 2017, the Trump Government has reportedly been talking about coming down hard on the H-1B Visa Plan. Through his election drive, Trump pledged to boost the oversight of the L-1 Visa & the H-1B Schemes, allegedly, allegedly, to stop its exploitation.