STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

US-India business body against H1-B visa policy change

Amid reports of the US administration's plans to introduce stricter norms for issuance of H1-B visas, which are largely availed by Indian IT firms.

Published: 06th January 2018 04:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th January 2018 04:00 PM   |  A+A-

For representational purposes

By IANS

NEW DELHI: Amid reports of the US administration's plans to introduce stricter norms for issuance of H1-B visas, which are largely availed by Indian IT firms, the US-India Business Council (USIBC) has voiced its opposition to the move.

"It would tremendously be a bad policy to tell highly skilled individuals who are applying for permanent residency and have been working in the US for several years that they are no longer welcome," a USIBC spokesperson said in a statement.

"This policy would harm American business, our economy, and the country," the spokesperson said. "Further, it is inconsistent with the goals of a more merit-based immigration system."

Last month, US-based news agency McClatchey's DC Bureau reported that the Department of Homeland Security is considering new regulations that would prevent H-1B visa extensions. The measure potentially could stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending.

According to the report, the proposal is part of US President Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" initiative promised during the 2016 campaign.

The act, under its current form, allows the administration to extend the H-1B visas for thousands of immigrants, predominantly Indian immigrants, beyond the allowed two three-year terms if a green card is pending.

More from Nation.

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp