Sunday 25th June 2017,

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Trump’s Executive Order on H1B Visas Affecting Indian IT Workers

posted by Jiayi Sun

H1B Visa

President Trump’s executive order cracking down on the use of H1B visas could greatly affect Indian workers.

According to The Indian Panorama, about 70 percent of the 85,000 H1B visas handed out each year go to people from India. H1B visas are used to hire foreign employees for highly skilled jobs which could not be filled otherwise.

Trump said the H-1B system should never be used to replace American workers and the visa must be given to the most skilled and highest paid applicants, reported PBS.

“We are going to defend our workers, protect our jobs and finally put America first,” Trump said standing before an American flag.

Trump administration also said they would enforce ‘Hire American’ rules that are designed to protect jobs and wages of workers in the United States.

According to the executive order, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor and the Secretary of Homeland Security will suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.

The pool of qualified Indian IT professionals also contributed to the global success of American companies. 

But more Indians in the U.S. are now seeking jobs in India as Trump signed the order.

The number of Indians in the US searching for jobs in India has increased more than 10-fold between December and March, according to an analysis by consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Pvt Ltd, shared exclusively with LiveMint.

Approximately 600 Indians in the U.S. were seeking jobs in India in December 2016. The number had gone up to approximately 7,000 by the end of March 2017, Deloitte analysis said.

 

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  1. Ally says:

    RE: Trump’s Executive Order on H1B Visas Affecting Indian IT Workers: I am confused I keep reading about so many POC especially Blacks and Hispanic and Women who are Americans have said they are more than qualified to work in the Technology/Computer world are finding difficult to get a foot in the door a greater number other than the few tokens here and there. Then how can the technology world say there ARE NOT any qualified Americans??? I remember in the 90’s when head of Microsoft lobbyed to get the cap of the amount of visas lifted because of under qualified personnel. If they saw the problem why didn’t they invest heavily in ALL minorities in America and not just a token few??

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