President Donald Trump issued a presidential proclamation that suspends the H1B visa process temporarily for the foreign workers entering the United States. H1B visas are for skilled employees, and the L visas are for managers who are being transferred internally in a company. The order was signed on Monday by the President, and the White House says that it would help the economy amid the coronavirus. Along with the H1B visa program, President Trump and his government also blocked the H2B seasonal worker visas, which are generally used by construction and other industries. Trump has been poking his nose in the visa program for foreign nationals since he took over as the President.
In a call with the reporters, a senior administration official in the Trump government said - “The H1B visa temporary suspension will run till the year-end and will create 525,000 jobs for the US workers.” However, the official didn’t cite the reference from which they’ve derived the stats. He further continued, “the move was aimed to get Americans back to work at the earliest working inline with Trump’s America first policy.” But the decision didn’t go well with most of the businesses working based out of the United States. Major tech companies like Google, Apple, Tesla, and the US Chamber of Commerce termed that the decision will hamper the growth of the US economy, which was destroyed by the pandemic.
With the new proclamation already signed, it exempts only those individuals who are already in the United States as well as the overseas valid visa holders. However, they must possess an official travel document to permit them into the US. As per the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, there were 15,269 petitions for H1B visas in healthcare-related jobs for 2019. The visa suspension by Trump exempts the medical workers who are working on coronavirus research and care. But this didn’t stop the criticism of Trump and his administration. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki, and Tesla’s Elon Musk condemned the restrictions straight away, followed by the representatives from Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon. Expressing his views, Sundar Pichai tweeted - “Immigration has contributed immensely to America’s economic success, making it a global leader in tech, and also Google the company it is today. Disappointed by today’s proclamation — we’ll continue to stand with immigrants and work to expand opportunity for all.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook also joined his counterparts in condemning the government’s decision. He wrote - “Like Apple, this nation of immigrants has always found strength in our diversity, and hope in the enduring promise of the American Dream. There is no new prosperity without both. Deeply disappointed by this proclamation.”Dr. Dhillon Randeep
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