US president Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly considering a proposal that could lead to the deportation of thousands of Indians and drastically impact Indian IT business.
If US gvt decide to go ahead with this proposal, many H-1B visa holders may have to leave the country while they wait for pending green cards to come through.
If the proposal goes through, it could put the visa status of between 500,000 and 750,000 Indians in jeopardy, sending them back home abruptly.
Usually H-1B visa is granted for three years but skilled workers who are in demand and have applied to green card can renew it indefinitely.
“The idea is to create a sort of ‘self-deportation’ of hundreds of thousands of Indian tech workers in the United States to open up those jobs for Americans,” a source briefed by homeland security officials told US news service McClatchy. This is in line with the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order that Trump signed in April 2017 with the promise of bringing jobs back to the country.
There are many Indian applicants who have spent almost ten years waiting for green card and with this new rule, all their hopes will be shattered and they will have to return back to their home in India.
The Indians companies that will be affected the most from the decision will be Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, and Wipro, as they are among the top five recipients of H-1B visas and heavily dependent on sending Indian engineers to the US.