Relief for H-1B visa holders! Trump administration rejects deportation plan reports

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The reports were met with backlash in India, as the change in policy could have resulted in the deportation of almost 7.5 lakh Indians.

According to Sarabjit Kour Nangra, Vice President, Research, Angel Broking, the USCIS decision is not likely to result in these H-1B visa holders having to leave the United States because employers could request extensions in one-year increments under section 106 (a)-(b) of AC21 instead.

While a review of employment-based visa programmes is going on as part of President Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order, the USCIS said it is not considering denial of extensions to H-1B visa holders beyond six years by re-interpreting a legislative provision, as reported by McClatchy DC Bureau last week.

Currently, there is an annual allocation of 65,000 H-1B visas in general category and another 20,000 for students from the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This is a huge, massive relief for not only Indians working with the H-1B visa, but also scores of IT companies in the United States which are relying on immigrants for their work.

However, USCIS denied ever considering a policy change such as this and also claimed that any suggestion that it changed its position due to pressure is false.


However, on Tuesday, reports indicated that the Trump administration has no such plans to forcefully deport foreign tech workers, especially Indians, by bringing regulatory changes in the H-1B visa policy.

Commenting on the the development, Tech Mahindra Ltd Vice Chairman Vineet Nayyar said the resumption of fast processing of H-1B work visas by the USCIS is a very positive development.

A potentially lethal plan of President Trump, which could have forced around 7.5 lakh Indians working the U.S. to deport back to India, has been scrapped. The rumored change would have a large impact on foreign tech workers in the USA, but the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering assurances that no such policy change is underway. If the Trump administration does not extend their visas, senior and high-quality talent will take a beating and that would detrimental to United States companies, he says. Thankfully, the H1B plan, which provides the immigrants the extension of more than 6 years in United State has not ended, yet.

The US government decision, seen as the largest reform after three decades, is expected to add $1.4 trillion (Rs 90 lakh crore) to the Federal deficit over the next decade.

As per Nasscom's statement issued last year, two Indian companies namely TCS and Infosys together received 7,504 approved H-1B visas in financial year 2015, which is 8.8 per cent of the total approved H-1B visas during that year.

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