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Trump Suspends Visas- Immigration ban impact Indian Nationals

President Trump has signed a fresh executive order suspending employment-based immigration while America’s economy recovers during the COVID-19 pandemic. This executive order is to limit immigration to the United States for the rest of the year 2020. The executive order is effective since June 24 and will expire on Dec 31, 2020

Trump administration has a belief that welcoming immigrants is not in favor of American workers. They believe limiting immigration during the pandemic will help American workers land on their feet thereby Trump suspends visas.

Who all fall in US visa 2020 suspension category?

Trump suspends visa and puts immigration to a halt for a while. Various categories of visas remain suspended for the remainder of this year. Categorically new employment-based visas under the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visa will not be issued by the US for now.

 The US H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa, US companies are able to employ workers having graduation in skilled occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields such as in engineering, mathematics, IT, science, finance, accounting, architecture, medicine, etc.

H-2B visas are for non-agricultural seasonal workers.

J visas facilitate work and educational visitor exchange programs,

L visas are for intra-company transfers and is available to the managers, workers and specialized employees moving to their employers US site. 

The suspension applies to people who are currently not in the U.S. and those not currently possessing valid U.S. work visa.

The order also restricts the functioning of American companies with global operations and international companies with U.S. branches to transfer foreign executives and other employees to the United States for months ahead.

Trump announced a freeze on green cards in April and this executive Order extends the freeze on new green cards to the end of 2020.

Immigration Bans will lead to dumbing down of global Society

“As of now, US consulates and embassies are not operating in most parts of the world, travel bans have been instituted for certain countries, issues related to immigration and the current administration abound with zero comprehensive approach or understanding of the role of immigration in the US economy,” Fanta Aw, vice president of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence at American University in Washington, told to a news portal.

United States a superpower is because of various reasons but brainpower has certainly played a role and helped build it to reach the top. US produces more college degrees than any other nation, graduating around a million masters and conferring more than 200,000 doctorates every year. According to the US census bureau, the Officials said the ban on worker visas, and extended restrictions on the issuance of new green cards, would keep as many as 525,000 foreign workers out of the country for the rest of the year.

It’s true that most of the H-1B visa holders are Indian, and the vast majority are employed by US enterprises, not Indian companies. In 2019, of the 388 out of 403 H-1Bs, 72% were from India. China is in second place.

Indeed, Trump’s executive order (EO) has disappointed many in the world but it is a huge set-back for Indians who were hoping to emigrate to America this year.

Immigration fuels enterprises, and it has been Americas secret sauce of success. Foreign students, mostly from Asia, and particularly from India, especially in Science, Engineering, Technology and mathematics has driven the country growth to a larger extent. This fact might not get acknowledged by the Trumps administration.

Trump supports hardliners and so another motive could be to prevent diversification of America. If it is so and immigration ban is a first step, it might lead to next that is travel in the cover of nativism.

So , there is a larger concern here. Immigration, travel, exchange of people and ideas has lead to growth, welfare and business in the world. It should be ensured that skilled, ambitious immigrants should be welcome in the home of the free.Americans should reject the administration’s misguided effort to exclude skilled immigrants. 

“This is a full-frontal attack on American innovation and our nation’s ability to benefit from attracting talent from around the world,” said Todd Schulte, the president of FWD. US, a pro-immigration group supported by technology companies.

The effects of the announcement may not be immediately felt as the issuance of work visas had already dramatically declined due to the COVID -19. However, the long-run consequences are yet to come.

Read more: Canada Extends Ban on Foreign Travellers Till July 31

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