After the generated blowback about Trump administration's plan to curb H-1B visa extensions that could result in self-deportation of Indians in US, the US Chamber of Commerce warned it would be "tremendously bad policy" to tell highly skilled people they cannot stay any longer in the United States.
The announcement came days after reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering tightening H-1B visa rules that could lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians.
What is H-1B visa? However, the USCIS "is not considering a regulatory change that would force H-1B visa holders to leave the United States", the organisation announced - with USCIS media relations head Jonathan Withington adding that "even if it were, such a change would not likely result in these H-1B visa holders having to leave the United States because employers could request extensions in one-year increments" under a different section of the visa code.
The statement comes after last week's news report by US-based news agency McClatchy DC Bureau according to which the United States was considering new regulations to prevent the extension of H-1B visas, the most sought after by Indian IT professionals. Although, the department has refuted this claim and said "any suggestion that USCIS changed its position because of pressure is absolutely false".
Following recent news reportsthat U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was planning a policy change that would prevent H-1B workers caught in the green card backlog from extending their status, the agency is indicating now that it is not pursuing such a proposal. But the Trump administration can change through executive action only those aspects of the H-1B programme that were effected through executive actions. "While it remains a priority to invest in training and create a pipeline of skilled American workers, we must continue to leverage the talent and expertise of the hundreds of thousands of H-1B visa holders to fill the gaps in our domestic workforce", Gabbard said.
"It also taught us that if you are determined and hard working and follow the established process, there are opportunities for everyone", said Alok Madasani, an H-1B visa holder and survivor of last year's shooting in Olathe, Kansas.