- This move claimed to have impacted millions of outsiders who are dependent on their visas to work in the country in various industrial sectors ranging from seasonal jobs, IT, and technology.
- According to President Trump, the major concern is the slump of employment among the Americans between February and May of 2020 the ratio of overall employment quadrupled.
- The H-1B visa holders will also be allowed to take their dependents, including spouses and children, along with them.
In order to restrict immigration and boost local employment, the Donald Trump-led administration has now extended the ban on traveling to the US for jobs and issuing green cards until March 31. The visa restriction has been announced by the administration back in April 2020, which was implemented in June.
The H-1B visa holders think that this move will impact their job and it is not a right move by the US government. Back in June, the government announced a couple of exemptions in L-1 travel band and in H-1B. It banned all the H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 visa holders who are travelling to the country for employment.
This move claimed to have impacted millions of outsiders who are dependent on their visas to work in the country in various industrial sectors ranging from seasonal jobs, IT, and technology. According to President Trump, the major concern is the slump of employment among the Americans between February and May of 2020 the ratio of overall employment quadrupled, delivering some of the serious unemployment rate ever recorded by the US Bureau of Labour statistics.
But from June, upcoming president Joe Biden will have to take a tough decision on whether to extend it more or cancel it from March, which would be against his unprejudiced pro-immigration stance.
While announcing the ban, Trump said to the media, “American workers compete against foreign nationals for jobs in every sector of our economy, including against millions of aliens who enter the United States to perform temporary work. Temporary workers are often accompanied by their spouses and children, many of whom also compete against American workers.”
But, there is a catch because the administration said that this move will be implemented on those who were given H-1B visas in April, effective October 1, 2020. Although Biden criticized the stance, he didn’t even say what he would do with this decision in the coming few months.
A US judge issued a partial injunction against the ban on the entry of H-1B, L-1, and other non-immigrant visa holders. This is applicable to the members of the US Chamber of Commerce, Technet, the National Retail Federation, National Association of Manufacturers, and global firms such as Uber, Facebook, and Google.
But in the last month, the justice department of the US had accused social networking giant Facebook of discriminating against US workers, according to Reuters. The lawsuit filed against Facebook pointed out hiring preferences to temporary workers including those holding H-1B visas.
In the lawsuit, it was also highlighted by the Justice department that Facebook had refused to recruit, and hire qualified and potential US workers for more than 2,600 posts and also paid an average annual remuneration of $156,000.
There are a couple of exemptions announced on the L-1 travel ban and H-1B visa holders, which people must be aware of. These are as follows:
- The US government has granted relaxations to healthcare professionals and researchers associated with cancer, COVID-19, and other communicable disease research.
- Relaxations are given to those who have permission from the US Department of Defence or any American government agency. The individual must be conducting research, providing IT support services.
- The exemption allows applicants seeking to resume an ongoing job in the United States in the same position with the same employer under the same visa classification.
- Individuals who are technical specialists, senior-level managers, and other employees who can contribute towards the immediate and continued recovery of the US economy.
- H-1B visa relaxations have been given to critical infrastructure sectors- chemical, communications, dams, defense industrial base, emergency services, energy, financial services, food and agriculture, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, nuclear reactors, transportation, and water systems.
- H-1B applicants must have a salary that exceeds the prevailing wage rate by at least 15 percent.
- H-1B applicants with a doctorate or professional degree will be eligible for these relaxations. (Source: The Electronics)