US Tech Workers, a non-profit which advocates more local hiring, has written to US President saying unemployment claims had gone up to 3 million in the previous week. “We urge you to pause the H-1B visa program that would bring in 85,000 workers this year and suspend the recently approved addition of additional 35,000 workers for the H-2B visa,” it said.
While different countries have been operating flights and charters to bring back their tourists, government officials are hoping the launch of the stranded in India website on Tuesday by the ministry of tourism will accelerate efforts to send them back home.
In a relief to foreign doctors, including from India, whose visas were set to expire in October this year, the UK government has extended the deadline by one year amid the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
Non-profit body US Tech Workers writes to US Prez, citing high unemployment rates
Indians currently in the United States on H1-B visas could face some testing times in the next few weeks. For several,the H1-B visas have lapsed or are likely to do so soon.
Nasscom has requested the US Department of Homeland Service (DHS), the labor department and the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) for a 90-day grace period for professionals to depart the US following expiration of their H-1B/ L-1 visas.
Fearing massive layoffs in America due to the Covid-19 crisis that is hitting businesses around the globe, foreign technology professionals on H-1B visas, the most sought after among Indians, demand the Trump administration extend their permissible post-job loss limit to stay in the US from the existing 60 to 180 days.
The petitions were randomly selected from the registrations submitted properly and petitioners will be notified no later than March 31, 2020, that they are eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition for the beneficiary named in the applicable selected registration.
The immigration agency has said that it would be relaxing its policies in coming months in light of the current situation. “USCIS is adopting several measures to protect our workforce and community, and to minimize the immigration consequences for those seeking immigration benefits during this time,” it said.
However, indications are that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may soon decide to allow H1-B visa holders to do so, despite the fact that one of the requirements for H-1B visa workers is that they should be employed at the address mentioned on the labour condition application filed by employees.
In a big relief to Indian travellers stuck in the US in the wake of the COVID-19 travel restrictions, the US dept of state has announced that in view of numerous international flights that have been cancelled, travellers can apply to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for extensions to those visas.
According to a Union Home Ministry notification, a number of foreign nationals are in the country since imposition of travel restrictions and are unable to exit the country during the validity of their visa.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services ton Monday announced the temporary suspension of premium processing service for fiscal year (FY) 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions.
The move, necessitated by the Covid-19 virus outbreak will make it difficult for software exporters to send employees on projects and sales calls to the United States, which generates over two-thirds of the Indian IT industry’s revenue. The embassy has said that applicants could reschedule visa interviews once regular consular operations resume.
Those who were granted medical visas or B-2 visas and require immediate medical attention will be required to present their medical condition before Indian missions in their countries. Officials at the missions, after holding consultation with immigration authorities, will grant permission on case-by-case basis, a senior government official told.
People studying overseas and those on short trips abroad are returning to India ahead of time. Airlines aren’t sure about the impact of the visa curbs. Delta has announced a cut in New York-Mumbai services from five a week to four between April and October.
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