The current US government is drafting new rules to prevent or limit in a big way current H1B work visa holders from extending their visa status which allows them to continue their employment and stay in USA as they wait for their permanent residency green cards. While citizens of many countries would be hard by this, this hits Indians hardest ==> nearly 5 Lac to 7.5 Lac Indians and an equal number of their spouses and even children. If the rumored harsh rules become law, potentially nearly 10 to 15 Lakh Indians including families may have to suddenly leave or be deported from USA. Most are likely to be mid-career so they are likely to face a harsh and uncertain future… We all are hoping for the best…
- 8 Jan 2018
USA issued an presidential executive order to dramatically alter the H1-B Visa programme, of which Indians were the biggest beneficiaries taking up more than 85% of the visa slots. Overtime, Indians added family members and then went on to become citizens and settle down in USA where they now comprise over 30 lakhs. While the executive order hits all prospects, it hits Indians and its computer professionals the hardest. Now it becomes much much harder to get these visas. Some view the order as a repeat of what happened in 1917 when the US Congress passed a law to explicity to keep Indians from immigrating to USA. It was then called the “Hindu menace” a term used to describe all Indians then, and avoid diluting the dominant white race of USA.
- 26 Apr 2017