The President of the United States of America Donald Trump issued an executive order to suspend green cards till the end of 2020 and expand it to cover non-immigrant work visas such as H-1B that will undergo significant changes to make it merit-based.
H-1B, H-4 for some H-1B spouses, H-2B for low skill workers, some categories of J visas for cultural and education workers and L-1 for intra-company transfers have been suspended. This has been done to ensure American citizens get first preference to jobs after the country witnessed its worst-ever recession due to coronavirus outbreak.
The suspension of H-1B non-immigrant visas will hit the IT professionals from India who were working in US as a part of highly skilled foreign workers.
Vikram Desai, an IT professional cleared for green card, while speaking to the media said “We have parents in the high-risk category of those vulnerable to Covid-19 and our first thoughts were that if one of us had to leave the US for India, we may not be able to return until the end of the year.”
Numerous Indian professionals on H1-B visas have been living away from their families for months due to travel restrictions in force on wither sides now added by the additional burden of getting their work visas cancelled.