In a new blow to a number of Indian IT professionals aspiring to go to the United States, President Trump has issued fresh norms on the H-1B visa throwing them in a lurch. H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that facilitates US companies to provide employment to foreign workers in specialty occupations requiring theoretical or technical expertise.
On Monday, Trump signed an executive order curbing federal agencies from contracting or subcontracting overseas workers, primarily those on an H-1B visa from hiring.
The decision has come after a month when the Trump administration scrapped the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020. He justified the move as a step to protect American workers in a crucial election year, and also hit by the pandemic. The new restrictions took effect from June 24, a day after it was announced.
“Today I am signing an executive order to ensure that the federal government lives by a very simple rule, higher American,” Trump told the media who converged in the Oval Office of the White House ahead of signing the order against hiring H1B visa holders for federal contracts. Trump said that he will protect the rights of the hard-working Americans and will not allow them to be fired in pursuit of cheap labour.
“As we speak, we’re finalising the H-1B regulation so that no American workers be replaced ever again. H-1B should be used for top highly paid talent to create American jobs, not as inexpensive labour programmes and destroy American job,” said President Trump. The POTUS addressed the gathering encircled across the Cabinet Room table by individuals who vehemently campaign against job outsourcing in the US.
The COVID-19 pandemic has already devoured millions of jobs of the Americans. In a statement, the White House said that sourcing hundreds of workers from outside is very harmful, especially when the country is in the throes of a pandemic.
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