H1B Visa holders in the USA have requested the Trump administration to prolong the stay in the country from 60 to 180 days. Out the all the H1B visa holders, the majority of them are Indians. Most of them have already lost jobs due to the widespread of coronavirus.
The H1B Visa is a non-immigrant visa which allows the companies to employ foreign individuals in occupations that require the theoretical or technical experience. This visa is very crucial for companies. Many of the companies depend on these to hire thousands of candidates from countries like India and China.
According to the current rules, the individual has to leave the country with his family, within 60 days of losing the job. Many Economic experts feel this kind of massive layoffs will greatly affect the economy of the country.
As per March 21, around 3.3 million individuals have claimed jobless in the country. Even the peak of coronavirus is around 2 weeks away, already millions lost their job. Around 47 million employees have registered as jobless till now. The holders of H1B Visas are not eligible for unemployment benefits and social benefits.
In most organizations, these H1B visa holders are already fired or on the verge of being fired.
Due to this situation, all the H1B visa holders have started a campaign on the White House Website to extend their stay in the country. This petition has currently over 20,000 signatures. It requires a total of 1,00,000 signatures in order to get a response from the White House.
Even if the USA wants them to return their homeland, most of the countries have already set up travel bans to stop any individual from entering the country until this virus situation comes under control.