The changes proposed under H-1B visa rule has certainly put many skilled Indians out there in US worried. Their fate is quite balanced. In case the fresh proposal of not stretching the H-1B visa for Green Card or for permanent residency is applied, the Indian techies over there in the United States will have no option but to come back home.
It is said that the change in H-1B visa rule has been proposed considering the fact that 10% of Americans now have to stay outside. Varied reactions are floating over the web, social media, etc on this context. However, the one trending high at this point of time is the one by Anand Mahindra. Anand Mahindra is the Chairman of Mahindra Group. He took twitter and welcomed the techies, if the H-1B rule is applied. He referred the Indians (techies) as “skilled” workers. Anand writes “ If that happens, then I say ‘Swagatam, Welcome Home.’ You’re coming back in time to help India Rise…”
Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra group is known for his active involvement over Twitter. As always, Mr. Mahindra has expressed in a very candid fashion.
H-1B at present:
In present scenario or as per the present rules under H-1B, the US allows the workers from foreign nations for an extension of three years. It means the visa has validity period of three years, which can be extended for another three years only. Those guest workers whose Green Card Permanent Residency application is pending, even after six years, then there is most probably infinite extension of the visa, until the applicant’s Green Card processing is finished. It means one can simply be assured about staying in the US, until the Visa formalities are completed.
However, these techies or the “skilled” worker (as per Anand) is that they can stay in the United States, during the time Green Card formalities are being fulfilled. Trump is thinking about concluding the already present rule. It means one has to leave the United States after six years, if not his/her H-1B visa is pending, until the process is completed.
It won’t be wrong to claim that Trump has won the election for his “Buy American, Hire American” slogan. So, following his own initiative, the department of Homeland Security has been asked to set fresh regulations that can put a break on H-1B visa extensions as per the previous rules.
The problem is that the number of people whose visa application is pending is pretty huge. To be specific, there are around 5 lakh Indian applications pending there. Number of applications from China is also quite huge. Huge numbers of these workers from the above nations have to stay in H-1B hell zone (as they say).