India Hopes That Talks with US will solve H1-B Visas issues -4th August, 2018


India looks forward to the ensuing dialogue between Foreign and Defense Ministers of the two countries scheduled in September. It will cover the proposed changes in the U.S immigration policy.

3,06,601 Indian applicants had filed seeking a Green Card in the Employment-Based Preference Category. They eagerly await the approval from the U.S.

The USCIS data shows that the number of Indian Nationals who get the Green Card is different every year. It has varied from 64,687, to 64,116 and 77,908 in the past instances.

There are many proposals under consideration to reform the U.S Immigration Policy. The eligibility of green cards is also an issue but there is no specific mention regarding India.

There is a feeling that that there were no major changes by the US administration recently, regarding issuing green cards to foreigners. Additionally in August 2017 USCIS made the announcement regarding expanding in -person interviews for applicants.

Additional facts

The US issues H-1B visa as a non-immigrant visa under the Immigration and Nationality Act. It was initially introduced by George Bush in 1990 and allows employers in USA to employ overseas workers temporarily to perform skilled occupations, mainly in the IT sphere. This was a major help to deal with the labor shortage in jobs which grew rapidly.

The reform of H1-B visa regime aims to force tech companies, who depend on cheap outside labor, in hiring local staff. Presently, annually, the U.S. issues about 65,000 H1-B visas. Two-thirds of these visa applicants are Indians who work for Indian IT companies like Infosys, Wipro, and TCS or foreign I.T. giants like Google, Accenture, and Microsoft. Furthermore, President Trump has raised the slogans of Buying and Hiring Americans. He has urged many companies to employ Americans first before they hire people of other nations.

The situation

So far seven bills regarding the H1-B were put forward by Senators and Congressmen. None of these became law. Finally, the mobility of skilled workers to the USA has a mutual benefit, which needs to be nurtured. Indian professionals contribute to the growth of the US economy and help it have a great competitive edge.

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