Further pushing lakhs of aspirants who are waiting for the H1B visas, the Joe Biden administration indicated it is still undecided on ending the Trump-era ban on issuing new H-1B visas.
While over 4,70,000 immigrant visa cases currently pending in US consulates across the globe, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that its top priority is the acute needs of individuals fleeing persecution.
It can be noted that then-President Donald Trump welcomed sharp criticism by extending the ban on issuing new H-1B visas till March 31. In his defence, the Republican Party leader stated that the country already has a high unemployment rate and the US cannot afford to have more foreign workers.
Indian IT professionals, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on the H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the current immigration system. The H-1B visa, the most sought after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. A few companies like Facebook and Google openly condemned Trump’s move.