Trump signs an executive order against hiring H1B visa-holders. This new executive order prevents the hiring of these H1B visa holders for federal contracts.
This is a huge blow for candidates, especially H1B visa holders and federal agencies. This restricts federal agencies in contracting or sub-contracting the H1B visa holders.
Earlier, a month before Trump signs an order for the restriction of issuing new H1B visas. This move will be in effect until the end of 2020. Trump believes that this order will protect the US workers to get jobs
Several IT companies depend on this visa to hire candidates from around the world, especially India and China. Trump also says that this decision will stop the companies from firing hard-working Americans in favor of foreign candidates.
This new executive order lets the federal agencies have an internal check to make sure if they are in compliance with the new rules. This enables federal agencies to only hire US nationals for these jobs
Trump also says that this move will encourage the merit-based immigration system. This move will also bring highly skilled workers from around the world to generate jobs in the USA and not replace Americans at their jobs
Indians who are either on Green Card or H1B visas and having children who are American citizens by birth are finding it difficult to come back home. They are even not allowed to aboard the special repatriation flights which are being run by Air India.
Last week, several international travel restrictions were announced by the Indian government which states that for the members of Indian origin with visa-free travel privileges are suspended.
Several Indians who already lost the job and have to return home within 60 days of the loss of jobs are finding it difficult to come to India due to the restrictions mentioned above. Several such cases where the parents are of Indian origin but the children belong to the American nationality are being denied tickets to aboard the Air India flights.
All these people who lost their jobs and have to return back home are pleading the government to make adjustments or lift the restrictions. Also, they are appealing to the USCIS(United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to extend their stay in the country.
In the last month, several H1B visa holders, (mostly Indians) have launched a petition addressed to the White House asking the Donal Trump to extend their stay in America from 60 to 180 days after the loss of a job. The White House did not make any decision or announcement regarding this.
Although, the overall count of the number of Indians who are facing such a situation is unknown. The situation is bad for the US as well with high unemployment rate. Around 33 million Americans have lost their jobs during this lockdown. With these numbers being high, it is highly unlikely that Indians who lost their job recently will be re-employed.