After days of speculations which drew wrath from certain crucial section of citizens and companies as well, the Trump administration on Wednesday decided to relaxed some rules for H-1B visas which came as a relief to many aspirants. Allowing visa holders to enter the US if they return to the same jobs they held before the visa ban, Trump government however set of criteria to be met.
The decision was reportedly taken owing to the chances of financial hardship for the employers to forcibly replace the existing staff on H-1B visa. The administration also clarified that the similar guidelines would be applicable for L1 visa applicants as well. The relaxation on visa ban will also allow spouses of these workers to return to the United States.
The relaxation came days after the 50 silicon valley giants including Amazon Inc and Facebook Inc filed a legal brief backing a challenge against Trump on this issue. Taking a stand against the ban, the companies argued that the visa restrictions will hurt American businesses and damage the struggling US economy. Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Twitter were among 52 companies that signed the brief, which was filed in a lawsuit.
In a huge blow to Indian IT professionals, President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order preventing federal agencies from contracting or subcontracting foreign workers — mainly those on H-1B visa from hiring.