10 Ways Trump Presidency can Impact Indian Expats

Given that the current US administration along with the current President Donald Trump have both envisaged and enacted a set of laws set to bar, inhibit and even ban immigration, the resounding effects on Indian expats, immigrant applicants, students and others are wide reaching. In fact, the current administration seems to hedge their bets on protectionism while seemingly being ignorant of the wide reaching ramifications it will have on global trade.

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10H – 1B visa undergoes change (or is in the process of change)

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One of the most in demand visa programs to the US is all set to undergo change, with immediate effect and bills targeting this specific visa have already been introduced in the House of Representatives. While the H – 1B visa program seeks to offer workers from other nations, especially India a chance to work in US for US companies, it was often used by many to seek permanent residency in the US, with the sponsor company supporting this change in visa.

And while this particular Visa saw many skilled workers apply to the US, it nevertheless came with certain requirements including a mandatory cap of sixty five thousand visas per year with an additional twenty thousand for those with advanced degrees. The current STEM program is a derivative of the same H – 1B visa program, one that entails students to work under similar requirements in the US for a certain period.

However, all that’s due to change soon – for with President Trump being extremely anti-immigration, the current cap may be revised down, with the advanced degree exception being done away with and with stronger regulations. Apart from this, Trump has already signed into order seeking to modify the current H – 1B program whereby American companies will have to pay more to hire overseas workers than they would an American worker.

This is all part of the “buy American” theme that served to buttress trump during his presidency campaign and was also part of one of his various promises. The impact of changes on the H – 1B program are yet to be felt properly but as it stands, it will impact hundreds of thousands of Indian students, enrolled at various universities across America.

 
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3 COMMENTS

  1. SATYA NADELLA, SUNDAR PICHAI AND HIS FRIENDS AT GOOGLE ARE ALL GOING TO BE ARRESTED, JAILED AND DEPORTED BY THE FBI, HOMELAND SECURITY AND DOJ.

    • All these did a terrific job bit they are still employees of these corporations and not founders. If there is so much talent in India why didn’t India has it’s own Google, Facebook, Microsoft and likes and second out of a million odd you are numbering a few. That’s normal.

  2. What an illogical article by a thoughtless mind. Does the author even know what H1B means. It is not to replace US worker by a low wage Indian worker BUT bring in talent that is hard to find in US. The so called analogy drawn by most Indians about profitability and offshoring is plain baseless and toeing the line by the so called NASSCOM and other Indian entities.

    For sure this program has been abused to the fullest and there are plenty to read. Only if we have courage to do so. Let me tell the naive Indians that by toughening H1B US will not be affected in any way as it still remains the center of innovation. If you are looking to hire a capable programmer for $60K instead of hiring at $120K yes you are doomed. But US as of now has enough talent.

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