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Indians will suffer tremendous loss. For far too long they have abused H1B visa system and have flooded American market with cheap labour. Trump specifically targeted H1B high paying Visa category. American graduates should be hired first. Indians count H1B earnings of almost 350000 visa holders as their export earnings. This will have a ripple effect as these very same people outsource jobs and contracts to India. I hope this is done permanently to save jobs in America.
Trump has also ordered INS to investigate abuse of H1B visa where Indian labour is brought in to replace working Americans.

First economic slowdown, then COVID disaster , followed by Chinese spanking and now betrayal by Modi's BFF....Indian troubles are never ending.


Trump targets foreign workers with new visa freeze

US President Donald Trump arrives at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionPresident Trump has made a tough immigration stance a key part of his campaign
US President Donald Trump has extended a pause on some green cards and suspended visas for other foreign workers until the end of 2020.
High-skilled tech workers, non-agricultural seasonal helpers, au pairs and top executives will be affected.
The White House said the move will create jobs for Americans hurting economically due to the pandemic.
But critics say the White House is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to tighten up immigration laws.
Who's affected?
In a briefing for reporters, the administration said the freeze, in place through the end of the year, would impact about 525,000 people.
That includes an estimated 170,000 people blocked by the decision to extend a ban on some new green cards - which grants permanent residence to foreigners. The White House first announced it was halting those visas in April, an order that had been set to expire on Monday.
Existing visa holders are not expected to be affected under the new restrictions announced on Monday.
The order also applies to H-1B visas, which are often granted to Indian tech workers and their families. Critics say these visas have allowed Silicon Valley companies to outsource American jobs to lower-paid foreign employees. H-1B visas are currently distributed via a lottery, but the Trump administration is proposing they instead be awarded by highest salary. Last year, there were about 225,000 applications competing for 85,000 spots available through the H1-B visa programme.
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The order will suspend most H-2B visas for seasonal workers, including those in the hospitality industry, except those in agriculture, the food processing industry and healthcare professionals.
The order will restrict J-1 short-term exchange visas, a category that includes university students and foreign au pairs who provide childcare. Professors and scholars are not included in the order. There will be a provision to request exemptions.
L visas for managers and other key employees of multinational corporations will also be suspended.
What's the reaction?
The aim is to get "the best and the brightest" and "the most value for our economy," a senior official said on the background call.
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favours restrictions, told AP news agency: "This is a bold move by the Trump administration to protect American jobs."
But the American Civil Liberties Union said: "It's the exploitation of a pandemic to reshape immigration law, while superseding Congress."
The new policy is also opposed by many businesses, which rely on foreign workers.
"As the economy rebounds, American businesses will need assurances that they can meet all their workforce needs," the Chamber of Commerce wrote in a letter this month warning against new restrictions.
"To that end, it is crucial that they have access to talent both domestically and from around the world."
 

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H-1B visa: New US law is bad news for India tech firms

US President Donald Trump has suspended visas for highly-skilled workers until the end of this year.
The White House said the move would create jobs for Americans hurting economically due to the pandemic.
But critics say the White House is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to tighten up immigration laws.
The H-1B visa is among several categories of visas that have been suspended and it is expected to particularly hurt Indian technology companies and workers.
Reports say that Indians take up nearly 70% of the 85,000 H-1B visas issued every year.

Most tech firms have criticised the move, saying it will hurt the US economy instead of saving it.
Google boss Sundar Pichai, who was born in India, said he was disappointed with the order.
"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," he tweete


Jason Oxman, president and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council in the US, said the decision "stands to upend the ability of US employers to hire the men and women they need to strengthen their workforce".
"We urge President Trump to reconsider his actions and work with the business community on a plan that will actually bolster job growth and ensure economic security for all Americans," he added.
The move has also been criticised in India.
The Indian IT industry's apex body Nasscom has said the decision was "misguided and harmful to the US economy."
"We urge the administration to shorten the duration of these restrictions to 90 days. Lengthening these burdensome restrictions on US companies that are trying to recover from the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic will only serve to harm our economy."
The move has already had an adverse impact on the stock prices of Indian IT firms. Share prices of big IT firms like TCS, Wipro, Tech Mahindra and Infosys have seen sharp falls.
What has India said?
Nothing yet.
The Indian government is yet to react to the decision. It is likely to wait and watch at the moment as authorities are struggling with a worsening pandemic as well as border tensions with China.
Delhi cannot afford a new rift with Washington. However, it may opt for backchannel talks to secure some relief for Indian workers.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is heavily invested in India-US ties and often talks about his personal friendship with Mr Trump.
But given the unpredictability of the Trump administration, there are no guarantees that even this will yield results.


In such a scenario, India may choose to take retaliatory action.
Major portions of India's technology markets are dominated by American firms such as Google, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Apple, as well as consulting and services firms such as IBM and Accenture.
Delhi can look at blocking visas for US employees of these firms, but such a decision will depend the government's willingness to take the risk of antagonising the Trump administration.
What other visas has the US suspended?
The order also applies H-2B visas for seasonal workers, including those in the hospitality industry, except those in agriculture, the food processing industry and healthcare professionals.
The order will restrict J-1 short-term exchange visas, a category that includes university students and foreign au pairs who provide childcare. Professors and scholars are not included in the order. There will be a provision to request exemptions.
L visas for managers and other key employees of multinational corporations will also be suspended.
 

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India will suffer and once Trump wins re-election (which he most likely will), India will suffer more from US economy de-linking. There is little Indians can do except doing their bollywood drama ala 26 Feb and LAC.
 
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