Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden has mentioned that he’ll elevate the non permanent suspension on H-1B visas, essentially the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, if he wins the November presidential elections.
On June 23, in an enormous blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration suspended the H-1B visas together with different varieties of overseas work visas till the tip of 2020 to guard American staff in an important election yr.
Mr Biden, in a digital city corridor assembly on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) points organised by NBC News, praised the contribution of H-1B visa holders.
“He (US President Donald Trump) just ended H-1B visas the rest of this year. That will not be in my administration,” Joe Biden, 77, mentioned responding to a query throughout the city corridor. He was referring to the non permanent suspension of the H-1B visas and different overseas work visas by Trump for the remainder of the yr.
“The people on the company visa have built this country,” Mr Biden mentioned when requested what his administration will do within the first 100 days of his presidency.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables US firms to make use of overseas staff in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical experience. The know-how firms rely upon it to rent tens of hundreds of workers annually from nations like India and China.
“On day one, I”m going to send the legislative immigration reform bill to Congress to provide a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who contribute so much to this country, including 1.7 million from the AAPI community.
“My immigration coverage is constructed round maintaining households collectively, modernising an immigration system by maintaining households, unification and variety as pillars of our immigration system, which it was,” Mr Biden said.
He alleged that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are cruel.
Mr Biden said that he will take immediate action to protect dreamers, including more than 100,000 eligible dreamers from East and South Asia.
The former US Vice President also said that he will rescind Muslim travel ban and immediately restore refugee admission in line with the values and historic leadership of the United States.
Mr Biden also told town hall participants that he will “make it simpler for certified Green Card holders to maneuver by way of this backlog.”
Donald Trump, in April, gave an executive order to suspend green cards for 90 days. In June, he issued a proclamation which extended the suspension till December 31, 2020.
The US every year allocates only 1,40,000 green cards for all employment-preference immigrants, including accompanying family members.
Currently, there is a backlog of almost 10 lakh foreign nationals and accompanying family members lawfully residing in the United States. These applicants have been approved but are yet to receive employment green cards.
In his policy paper on immigration, Biden says that his high skilled temporary visas should not be used to disincentive recruiting workers already in the US for in-demand occupations.
“An immigration system that crowds out high-skilled staff in favour of solely entry stage wages and abilities threatens American innovation and competitiveness,” the coverage paper mentioned.
Joe Biden will work with Congress to first reform non permanent visas to determine a wage-based allocation course of and set up enforcement mechanisms to make sure they’re aligned with the labour market and never used to undermine wages, it mentioned.
Then, Mr Biden will assist increasing the variety of high-skilled visas and eliminating the bounds on employment-based visas by nation, which create unacceptably lengthy backlogs, it added.
The immigration coverage paper additionally talks about growing the variety of visas supplied for everlasting, work-based immigration primarily based on macroeconomic circumstances. Currently, the variety of employment-based visas or Green Card is capped at 140,000 annually, with out the flexibility to be aware of the state of the labour market or calls for from home employers, it mentioned.
As President, Joe Biden will work with Congress to extend the variety of visas awarded for everlasting, employment-based immigration – and promote mechanisms to briefly cut back the variety of visas throughout occasions of excessive US unemployment, it mentioned.
He may also exempt from any cap latest graduates of PhD programmes in Science, know-how, engineering, and arithmetic (STEM) fields within the US who’re poised to make among the most vital contributions to the world economic system.
Biden believes that overseas graduates of a US doctoral programme ought to be given a Green Card with their diploma and that dropping these extremely educated staff to overseas economies is a disservice to our personal financial competitiveness, the coverage paper mentioned.
Joe Biden is difficult the 74-year-old Republican incumbent President Donald Trump within the November three presidential elections the place Trump is in search of his re-election for his second four-year time period.
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