U.S. govt drops controversial plan on H-1B visas

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A USCIS spokesman told McClatchy, which first reported the existence of such a proposal, that the agency "is not considering a regulatory change that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the United States".

The United States on Tuesday announced that they were not considering a regulatory change in the H-1B visa policy which could have resulted in the mass deportation of 7.5 lakh Indians. When the reports first became pubic, there was a stir among the Indian's and other people who have been working overseas and who are not the permanent citizens of the state.

The USCIS further stated that even if it had resorted to such a reinterpretation, it would not have resulted in the H-1B visa holders having to leave the United States since employers could request extensions in one-year increments instead of the usual three-year increments.

Even if such an action wasn't taken, the Trump Government had faced severe from politicians and other, industrial officials who objected the thought of such decisions.

With the Department of Homeland Security trying to impose new restrictions to prevent extension of H-1B visas, techies are fearing the worst, preparing for lay-offs back in India. While the USCIS clarification today provides some relief to H-1B green card processees, the additional paperwork that will come with tightening the regulations, and knowing there are immigration hardliners who are always looking to shut down the door on foreign workers and immigration, will test their nerves and finances.

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Therefore, the H-1B beneficiaries who would be principally affected by this elimination would be those eligible for a three-year extension but ineligible for a one-year extension. But since taking office last January, the Trump administration has been cracking down on the scheme.

Now, after the announcement that this proposed visa rule won't be implemented, Immigration Voice has expressed their delight. Visa dependent companies will have to raise the minimum salary for H-1B visa holders from Dollars 60,000 to USD 90,000 under the proposed Bill.

Guest worker H-1B visa holders in the U.S., including more than half million from India, can breathe easy - at least for one year at a time. This is a GREAT development. "And we thank USCIS to make (for making) the right decision", it said. The USCIS was never considering such a policy change, Withington said, and that "any suggestion that USCIS changed its position because of pressure is absolutely false".

Citing unnamed sources, the McClatchy report had spoken of internal memos exchanged by top immigration officials considering denial of H-1B extensions by re-interpreting a key section of "The American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act", commonly known as AC-21.

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