Jonathan Withington, Media Relations Chief at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informed Hindustan Times that the Trump administration was not going to consider the proposal that could lead to deportation of H-1B visa holders, including 500,000 to 750,000 Indians. Officials in USCIS stated that even if there should be any changes in section 104(c) of AC 21, they would not be compelled to leave the country. After they complete the 6-year limit, the employers can seek extensions based on section 106(a)-(b) of AC 21.
The earlier proposal to end a visa grant was formulated based on the policy of, “buy American, hire American” by Donald Trump to create jobs for the American population. This initial policy had led to increased anxiety among the Indian IT firms in America. Now this reconsideration has come as a major relief to the community who could have been deported earlier.
“This is a significant development. We are delighted about this news. We are grateful to USCIS for this,” stated an official in Immigration Voice. They hailed their efforts to protect H-1B visa holders from India.
India Today mentioned that this move happened due to increased displeasure that is seen in the business community. The Department of Homeland Security said that they did not consider the change and will not deport foreign workers.
Sources-Hindustan Times, India Today