Ending Extension Of H-1B Visas “Bad Policy”, Says US Industry Body

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WASHINGTON: The measure to end the extension of H-1B visas would be “bad policy” and is contrary to the objectives of a merit-based immigration system, the US Chamber of Commerce said today about the administration’s informed plan. Trump that could result in self -Deportation of around 700,000 Indians.

The H-1B program offers temporary visas in the United States that allow companies to hire highly qualified foreign professionals who work in areas with a shortage of qualified American workers. But since taking office last January, President Donald Trump has been cracking down on the plan.

The proposal to reduce the H-1B visa extensions that were part of Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative, which it undertook to launch during its election campaign, is being drafted by the Department of Homeland Security, according to reports.

“It would be a tremendously bad policy to tell highly qualified people who apply for permanent residency and have been working in the US For several years they are no longer welcome,” said a spokesman for the US Chamber of Commerce.

“This policy would harm US businesses, our economy and the country, and it is inconsistent with the objectives of a merit-based immigration system,” the spokesperson said.

He responded to reports that the administration is discussing a move to curb extensions to H-1B visa holders who have completed their two or three years of H-1B visa terms and have been receiving extensions due to their status of application for green card pending.

Such a measure would affect between 500,000 and 750,000 highly qualified Indian technology professionals, academics and research scholars in the United States and will result in their return to India.

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi expected the administration to “immediately reject” the proposal.

“I fully support efforts to reform the H-1B system, and although our priority should continue to improve advanced training for our domestic workforce, ending H-1B visa extensions would affect our economy and encourage companies to perform more extraterritorial work, instead of those investments here, “he said.

“It would also tear families apart and hurt the companies here, and I hope the administration will immediately reject this proposal,” Krishnamoorthi said.

Currently, the United States faces a skill gap of more than six million jobs, and companies are struggling to find talent to fill these vacancies, he said.

“Educators and employers must work together to ensure that we are developing the skills at home in the United States to fill job vacancies nationwide, both today and in years to come.”

“My bill to reauthorize professional and technical education programs would help close this skill gap, and the Senate should take this bill that passed the House unanimously last June,” he said.