US seeks no extension of H-1B visas: Report

A media report has surfaced saying that the United States is considering new regulations aimed at preventing the extension of H-1B visas, as a part of US President Donald Trump’s initiative – Buy American, Hire American.


Note that the H-1B visas are predominantly used by Indian IT professionals.



The report said, “The act currently 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.”


“The idea is to create a sort of ‘self- deportation’ of hundreds of thousands of Indian tech workers in the United States to open up those jobs for Americans,” it said, quoting a source briefed by Homeland Security officials.


“The agency is considering a number of policy and regulatory changes to carry out the President’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, including a thorough review of employment-based visa programmes,” said Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

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