During his election campaign, Donald Trump announced his plans to bring back jobs as well as the protect the American business interests. He proposed major changes in the H1B Visa policy. The primary change would be to elevate the minimum wage from $60,000 to $130,000, thus creating a level playing field for the American workers.
What is H-1B Visa exactly?
H-1B is a non-immigration Visa in the USA. It comes under the Immigration and Nationality Act and it allows a foreigner with advanced degrees to be employed in America. The duration of the stay with H-1B visa is 3 years, and it is extendable up to 6 years.
In recent years, it was being used to substitute American workers with people who were ready to work for a smaller wage. This defeated the purpose of the H-1B Visa which aimed only to hire highly skilled people whose substitute was not available in the US.
According to WSJ “The bill’s planned reintroduction comes after Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the highest-profile Republicans in Congress and a supporter of Mr. Trump, said earlier this month he intends to reintroduce a bill clamping down on H-1B, though his appears more limited in scope that Sen. Grassley and Durbin’s. Both bills would need to be passed by Congress and signed by Mr. Trump.”
How Trump’s H1B Visa plan may eventually benefit India?
It is a country’s responsibility to spend its scarce resources and provide its brightest with the best education and opportunities. But, it’s not a country’s duty to facilitate an exodus of their best to other nations.
It is a country’s obligation to create a socioeconomic environment where the best can prosper. This is possible only if the best and brightest devote themselves to their growth, which will then improve the nation. It’s a vicious circle.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and if our brightest won’t get an opportunity in the US or anywhere else, they will do what’s needed, here, in India.
Now, let’s look at what others have to say about this. On to the Tweets:
Who stands to lose the most?
— moneycontrol (@moneycontrolcom) December 12, 2016
India IT firms seem to be ready for the challenge
— Satish Shetty (@satish_shetty) February 5, 2017
Those who are favor of the H1B Visa Restrictions:
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) January 31, 2017
— A.G.M.SWAMI (@agmswami) January 31, 2017
If one H1B visa curb shakes edifice of Indian IT companies then they r fundamentally weak & do not have any biz of being in biz. Harsh truth
— Joyeeta Basu (@eeta) January 31, 2017
For last 25 years Indian IT companies used H1B to ship bodies ONLY. Tell me one single innovation or patent?
All are Bodyshoppers
— unnikrishna (@unnikrishna) February 7, 2017
— Liz 4Real (@AwakenOne16) January 31, 2017
Not in favor of the H1B Visa Restrictions:
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) February 2, 2017
— guy a boley (@guyaboley) February 7, 2017
— GiftPrompt (@GiftPrompt) January 28, 2017
Guess who else was in the US on an H1B visa for years? Melania Trump. https://t.co/oBds8Hamzt
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) January 31, 2017
— SPLC (@splcenter) January 25, 2017
— sumukhmehta (@sumukhmehta) January 31, 2017
In a single day Trump changed the entire matrimony preference in our country !! #H1B visa !
— Nilogrib Das (@Cadence2414) February 1, 2017
Thanks to Trump…with the proposed cap on H1B Visas, finally Indian brides will appreciate native breeds more than NRIs. 🙂
— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) February 1, 2017
2min silence for all the girls who wanted to marry guys with H1B visa
Trump has spoiled your dreams to shop at Walmart
Now Welcome to D-Mart
— Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) February 3, 2017
What are your thoughts on the proposed move by President Trump regarding the H1B Visa? For? Against? Share your thoughts.