A media report states that the United States is suffering from mass unemployment due to the COVID-19 epidemic, with President Donald H-1B including many who may suspend employment visas.
This decision can have a serious impact on thousands of Indian IT professionals as it is the most prestigious work visa for them. In particular, a large number of them with H-1B visas have already lost their jobs due to the epidemic and are back home.
Citing anonymous administration officials, The Wall Street Journal said on Thursday that the proposal could extend into the Trump government’s new fiscal year starting October 1.
The daily report states that any new H-1B holder outside the country can be prevented from working until the suspension is over, although visa holders already in the country are unlikely to be affected.
However, the White House said it was evaluating options and a final decision was yet to be made.
White House spokesman Hogan Golly said in a statement, “The administration is currently evaluating a wide range of options devised by career experts to protect American workers and job seekers, and especially disadvantaged citizens Have been prepared, but no decision of any kind has been made.”
Additionally, the suspension may apply to H-2B visas for short-term seasonal workers, J-1 visas for short-term workers, including camp counselors and au pairs, and L-1 visas for internal company transfers, the publication reported.
On the other hand, US Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue on Thursday expressed concern over his alleged move to a temporary work visa.
In a letter, Donohue said businesses would need assurances that they could meet all workforce needs.
The letter reads, “Once the economy improves, American businesses will need assurances that they can meet the needs of all their workforce. It is important that they have access to talent from around the world and from around the world is.”