H-1B visa row: US Chamber of Commerce opposes US proposal to introduce stricter norms

Editor's Note: This article, which was originally published on 6 January, has been revised by IANS. It is being republished by Firstpost in light of the revisions

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 Chamber of Commerce has voiced its opposition to the move.

File image of US president Donald Trump. AP

File image of US president Donald Trump. AP

“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,” the chamber said in a statement.

“This policy would harm American business, our economy, and the country,” it 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.

Published Date: Jan 06, 2018 15:39 PM | Updated Date: Jan 07, 2018 19:00 PM

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