U.S President Donald Trump issued a statement banning H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visas by the end of the year to scale back unemployment. The entrance of new workers by the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant visa applications have seriously influenced the unconventional economic disturbance caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 and also influenced American employment opportunities, but the White House adjournment does not affect those who obtained these visas within the United States.
Google, Apple, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley giants are not satisfied with US President Trump’s declaration to suspend the IT industry’s favorite Visa.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he was disappointed with the announcement of US President. Donald Trump‘s decision to suspend a work visa until the end of 2020 is not good. He declared that Google will continue to support immigration and strive to expand opportunities for everyone.
“Immigration has made a tremendous contribution to the economic success of the United States, making it a global leader in technology, and making Google the company of today. Today’s declaration has disappointed us. We’ll continue to support immigration and strive to expand opportunities for everyone, “Pichai tweeted”.
After President Trump issued a proclamation declaring the suspension of work visas in categories H-1B, H-2B, L, and J until the end of 2020, Google CEO tweeted his decision yesterday.
Who is Sundar Pichai?
Pichai is the first generation of immigrants who went to the United States to do a master’s degree, he joined Google in 2004 after going through Applied Materials and McKinsey. Since then, after founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin reorganized the company, he became the CEO of Google in 2015. Pichai was appointed CEO of Alphabet and became Google’s father in 2019. Pichai is a member of the American Indian Executives League, which leads various technology companies based in the United States.
The H-1B visa is one of the most widely used work visas for Indian technicians sent to the United States. Most of these visas are used by global technology companies such as Google and Microsoft as well as other Indian IT companies such as TCS, Infosys, and Wipro to deploy engineers from India to the United States.
The Nasscom software lobby earlier sought to exempt skilled workers which were considered as an “essential workers” from any stipulations that may be imposed in the White House statement.
Nasscom vice president Shivendra Singh also said: “The issue has been raised on multiple levels. I hope the suspension is temporary and expires before October.” If the suspension extends, it will hit H-1B holdings visas that are not currently in the United States. They may have returned home after the COVID-19 pandemic. If it extends after September, it will hit the new visa approval in October.
Singh further added that the US IT unemployment rate has been steadily declining, with H-1B accounting for only 0.05% of the US labor force. He added: “In recent years, the number of visa applications from the top 7 Indian IT companies has decreased.”
However, it is not only Pichai who is disappointed with the announcement of the suspension of the H-1B visa. Michael Clemens, a senior researcher at the Global Development Center and a leading immigration economist, also stated that the US government’s new prohibition on H-1B visas will affect innovation, productivity, and reduce employment opportunities in the country. He also said that the H-1B visa is an important channel for highly educated people and entrepreneurs in the world to start working in the United States and take root.
Jason Oxman, President, and CEO of the ITI Global Business Technology Association, also rebuked the move. He also told that this measure will have a dangerous impact on economic recovery and growth in the coming years.
The US corporate sector said on Monday that Trump’s move will affect innovation, raise overseas investment and economic activity, slow growth, and decrease job creation.
Jay Timmons, president, and chief executive of the National Manufacturers Association, said that such actions will cause the development of American industries weaker.
The proclamation signed by Trump is slated to take an impact on June 24. A large number of Indian IT professionals and companies, which already issued visas for 2021 in October last year, will now have to wait until the end of the year to stamped them by the authorities. The measure will also hit workers seeking a renewal of their visas.