Ban on H-1B Visa ends, what it means for India

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The ban on H-1B visas by former US President Donald Trump came to an end on March 31. Let me tell you, Trump last year banned the new application of non-migrant and temporary visas including H-1B during the Corona Pandemic and Lockdown in the US. The first notification of the ban on visas was for August 2020, which was then extended to December. Finally, one more time this notification was extended till 31 March 2021. Also read- H-1B Visa: In the US, applications received equal to the limit of H-1B visas for 2021.

After this, everyone’s eyes were on the new President Joe Biden, whether he will increase this order or let it go to zero. Yesterday on 1 April, Joe Biden finally let this notification expire.

Why did Trump impose a ban –

Temporary migrant visas, including H-1B, were banned, stating that this would allow jobs for American people who became unemployed due to Corona. When the country is in crisis, then the eyes of the countrymen cannot be closed and American citizens will have to help in place of outsiders. We cannot allow large numbers of people coming from outside to enter America, at that time when America is already in trouble due to Corona.

What is H-1B Visa –

Of all the temporary non-migrant visas, including the L-1 and H-2B visas, the H-1B visa remains in the headlines, given to foreign employees working in the US. This visa allows American companies to hire foreigners in certain areas. The appointment of thousands of employees every year for American technology companies, mainly from countries like India and China, depends on this visa.

The maximum duration for work in a H-1B company is 3 years, but employees change their companies to stay longer in the US.

What it means for India –

The US government issues a maximum of 85 thousand H-1B visas every year. Out of this, 65 thousand visas are given to specially qualified foreign employees and the remaining 20 thousand are given to those employees who have done their higher education from an American university.

Indian IT companies have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the US H-1B and since 1990 there has been an increased participation of Indians in applicants for H-1B visas issued every year. However, over the past few years, Indian companies’ dependence on working foreign visas like L-1 and H-1B has decreased. Nevertheless, these visas are very popular among Indians.

As soon as the order became non-effective on 31 March, H-1B visa holders whose travel was banned can now go to the US again and start their work there. As a result, an increased number of employees will be available again for IT companies. Representatives of all major US IT companies have expressed happiness over this decision.

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