H1B employees in America waiting in the endless green card queue are heaving a collective sigh of relief after news trickled in Monday that the USA has not (yet) draw in any changes to restrict on H1B extensions as reported some of the weeks ago in a Washington DC based newspaper bureau and so sprayed by the worldwide media.
“What we will say, however, is that USCIS isn’t considering a restrictive amendment that may force H-1B visa holders to depart the united states by dynamical our interpretation of section 104(c) of AC-21, that provides for H-1B extensions on the far side the six-year limit,” Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for USCIS aforesaid Monday, according to PTI.
There are all types of numbers being quoted on several H1B employees might be stricken by changes to extension rules however many of them are far away from the mark. A comprehensive list of official numbers released by the USCIS is connected here for our readers.
Unlike usual practice, this specific statement has not yet found its approach onto either the USCIS Twitter handle or web site. Also, the messenger is neither the USCIS chief L. Francis Cissna who has been very actively speaking on Trump’s pet subject of immigration reform once he warmed up to his role some of the months into the new job nor Kevin Cummings who is boss of the Foreign employee’s division at the USCIS.
USCIS nuanced the statement indicating that H1B extensions might not be in the firing line for now however different problems definitely are within the wide ambit for “review of employment-based visa programs” that Trump’s purchase American hire American executive Order allows.
Overall, 2 forms of reactions followed once reports that knives were allegedly out for those binging on H1B extensions – one, of course, was worry and the other equally pervasive one has been that “Trump won’t have it simple and like the Muslim ban, it’ll be a legal fight”.
While the administration insists that there’s been no “pressure” to back off, there are multiple dominos to consider here. one of them is critical – a squeeze on both sides of the aisle. Reports that between thirty and forty lawmakers have planned to resist any immigration package placed in Congress next week is the top political story in Washington D.C. Apprehension of major league legislation that will be dead on arrival isn’t Trump’s plan of success, now that the US President has had a year-long flavor of legislative gridlock.
That much for the H1B.
What regarding the H4 visa holder? That’s another story that continues to fret.
Will be employment authorization for H4 employees be killed?
There’s radio silence up to now from the court case that simply can be the decider here – Save Jobs USA versus Department of Homeland Security. What we do have are clear signals of the mood within. for instance, a regulatory agenda item titled “Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the category of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization” that is how it appeared on the Trump administration’s executive workplace calendar will little to hide intent.
If it goes badly for the H4 and the H1B worker has a narrow escape, it simply reinforces the grim leitmotiv of the H1B story for the last twenty-seven years – the H4 visa is a lousy deal for dependants with similar or higher skills than the H1B employee.