Trump admin relaxes H-1B visa ban, allows workers to return to US for same job
The Trump administration has relaxed the H-1B visa restrictions it had imposed earlier banning entry of foreign workers entering the United States. The Donald Trump government has now decided to allow those workers who are seeking to return to the country with H-1B visa for the same job they held before the lockdown.
The US State Department has said in an order that some of the rules of H-1B visa are being relaxed to allow non-immigrant workers who return to the US for the same jobs. The relaxation on visa ban will also allow spouses of these workers to return to the United States.
President Donald Trump, in his June proclamation, had banned the entry into the US of workers in several key non-immigrant visa categories, including the H-1B, arguing that they eat into American jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.
In a huge blow to Indian IT professionals, President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order preventing federal agencies from contracting or subcontracting foreign workers -- mainly those on H-1B visa -- from hiring.
Top US tech firms including Amazon and Facebook filed a legal brief backing a challenge to Donald Trump's temporary ban on the entry of certain foreign workers.
In the brief, filed in a lawsuit brought in California by major US business associations, the companies argued that the visa restrictions will hurt American businesses, lead employers to hire workers outside the United States, and further damage the already struggling US economy.