America’s Donald Trump government has imposed new restrictions on H-1B visas before elections to protect local workers. This is a step that is expected to have an impact on thousands of IT (information technology) professionals in India.
The interim rule announced by the US Interior Ministry on Tuesday will narrow the scope of the definition of ‘special business’. Companies apply H-1B visas to external employees based on the definition of particular occupation. The Trump government has made this change at a time when there is less than four weeks left in the presidential election in America.
The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa, which allows US companies to employ foreign employees in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on this visa to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.
A large number of Indians have already lost their jobs due to the tightening of H-1B visa provisions and are coming back home during the corona virus epidemic. According to the ministry, the new rule will come into effect in 60 days.