H1-B Visa Relief For Indians, Trump’s Admin Scraps Deportation Of Those In Green Card Queues

H1-B visa has been in a lot of controversies since Donald Trump won the elections. One of the key reasons for his victory was to bring back jobs to the United States. “Buy American, Hire American” mantra did the rounds and the going got tougher for the Indians working in the US on H1-B visa. Trump admin just a week before considered deporting Indians without the Green Card and working on H1-B. However, they can now breath a sigh of relief, as the deportation plan has been scrapped.

 

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After much hue and cry, the Trump administration has finally decided to scrap the order of deporting those with pending green cards to be sent back home. Earlier, the deportation had spread anxiety across 5 Lakh Indians currently working through H1-B. It also met with criticism, considering the fact that such a massive removal of the workforce would, in turn, affect the American economy and business environment itself.

Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said:

“Even if it were, such a change would not likely result in these H-1B visa holders having to leave the United States because employers could request extensions in one-year increments. USCIS is not considering a regulatory change that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the United States by changing our interpretation of section 104(c) of AC-21, which provides for H-1B extensions beyond the 6 year limit.”

 

H1-B visa holders can apply for green card, after 3 years. However, their green card processing can take up to a decade! Hence, H1-B holders have to constantly renew their stay. This renewal was receiving some flak from the Trump administration. Now, the turbulent storms seem to have settled for Indians, who can have some respite now.
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