We all have heard about the various laws and regulations that have been implemented under Trump’s administration to get rid of the immigrants in the US to free up more work and education opportunities for the native citizens. The Department of Homeland Security has finally started considering the implementation of a regulation which prevents foreign citizens from getting an H-1B visa while they are waiting for their Green Card application to be validated.
Under the current regulation, foreign workers are allowed a three-year extension of their H-1B visa with a validity of three years. However, if at the end of those six years, the foreign guest worker still has a pending Green Card application then the H-1B visa is indefinitely extended until the applicant’s Green Card application is completed.
The Trump administration is planning to end this regulation so if the foreign worker has a pending Green Card application at the end of six years, he/she will need to leave the US until the process gets completed. More than 500,000 Indian workers might be forced to return home on the implementation of this regulation.
There is a huge backlog of Green Card applicants from India and China which is why many workers spend around 10-12 years in the hellish H-1B zone but they draw a small comfort from the current regulation which allows them to stay in the US while their application is being processed. However, with the new regulation, this will be snatched away from the immigrant workers and they will be forced to return back.
However, there is still a chance that this regulation might not get implemented as it is still in the implementation stage and there are several strong arguments against it. One of the major reason is that most of the foreign workers are a major source of US’s booming economy and if kept out of the US then there might be many new innovations made like Facebook, Microsoft, etc. in their own home country which could challenge both the US economy and technology.