Trump set to review non-immigrant visa, Suspend H-1B Visa and L-1 Visa

A new executive order banning non-immigrant visa such as the H-1B visa can be expected soon, U.S president Donald J Trump confirmed 

As unemployment figures in the US stand at 40 million, the move is expected to increase job prospects for American citizens. Trump signed an executive order on April 22, which banned non-immigrant visa like H-1B visa, L-1 Visa to the US for 60 days, which ended today on June 22. The April order stated that a review on the non-immigrant visas situation will soon be initiated. 

Skilled non-migrant visas such as H-1B and L-1 will be impacted, along with temporary workers visa for unskilled workers H-2B. Visa for research scholars, and Optional Training Programme (OPT) visa for fresh graduates, J-1 might also get affected. The OPT visa allows fresh graduates to apply for jobs in the U.S for up to three years under their student visa.

The H-1B Visa and L-1Visa are expected to be the worst hit among all the other non-immigrant visas. The number of Indian H-1B holders is 4 Lakh and L-1 are 1 Lakh. 

According to a research report by the US-based immigration think tank CATO.org, between 2016 and 2019, rejection share of L-1Visa are increased from 25 per cent to 34 per cent. In the case of H-1B, approvals for top Indian IT firms went down from 23,000 in FY13 to 5,200 in FY19, according to a research report.

Sheela Murthy, founder, Murthy Law Firm, had earlier pointed out that about 20 per cent of the employers are shying away from filing H-1B due to uncertainties around the executive order. This could increase further and force the unemployed visa workers to return home.

The existing visa holders face a bigger challenge owing to the COVID-19 pandemic which prohibits entry into the USA till October 2020, as of now. 

A new executive order banning non-immigrant visas such as the H-1B can be expected soon, U.S president Donald J Trump confirmed 

As unemployment figures in the US stand at 40 million, the move is expected to increase job prospects for American citizens. Trump signed an executive order on April 22, which banned immigration to the US for 60 days, which ended today on June 22. The April order stated that a review on the non-immigrant visas situation will soon be initiated. 

Skilled non-migrant visas such as H-1B and L-1 will be impacted, along with temporary workers visa for unskilled workers H-2B. Visa for research scholars, and Optional Training Programme (OPT) visa for fresh graduates, J-1Visa might also get affected. The OPT visa allows fresh graduates to apply for jobs in the U.S for up to three years under their student visa.

The H-1B and L-1Visa are expected to be the worst hit among all the other non-immigrant visas. The number of Indian H-1B holders is 4 Lakh and L-1 are 1 Lakh. 

According to a research report by the US-based immigration think tank CATO.org, between 2016 and 2019, rejection share of L-1Visa are increased from 25 per cent to 34 per cent. In the case of H-1B, approvals for top Indian IT firms went down from 23,000 in FY13 to 5,200 in FY19, according to a research report.

Sheela Murthy, founder, Murthy Law Firm, had earlier pointed out that about 20 per cent of the employers are shying away from filing H-1B due to uncertainties around the executive order. This could increase further and force the unemployed visa workers to return home.

The existing visa holders face a bigger challenge owing to the COVID-19 pandemic which prohibits entry into the USA till October 2020, as of now. 

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