The US President has been requested to suspend the foreign workers programme
The US President has been requested to suspend the foreign workers program, including H-1B as a huge number of Americans have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A lawmaker in the US has sought suspension of the H-1B, H4, L1, B1, B2, Optional Practical Training Program and guest worker admissions.
The Congressional Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis has also been urged to take action to protect medical professionals holding H-1B visas because they are essential to confront and combat the current crisis.
Due to the loss of revenues, many health centers are closing down which will impact H-1B visa holders currently practicing medicine at these facilities.
Indians and H-1B Visa
Indians are the largest beneficiaries of the H1B visas and held three out of four H1B visas as of 2018, data from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) shows.
Indians held 309,986 H1B visas as of 2018, which was 73.9% of the total H1B visas issued.
Indians comprised 68% of H1B registrations for Financial Year 2020-21, followed by China, which accounted for 13.2%.
The latest move will hamper Indians who are working in the US on such visas by decreasing the chances of employment.
Earlier, the US temporarily suspended approval of some Green Cards.