US President Donald Trump signed an order to impose restrictions on the green card holders and temporarily suspend work visas, including the H1B category that is highly desired by the Indians in the States. The suspension will be effective till December 31, while the restrictions will be imposed on the green card holders for another two months.

“We have a moral duty to create an immigration system that protects the lives and jobs of our citizens,” Trump said in a statement.

Trump suspended most categories of H2B, H1B, H4, J and L visa programmes, adding: “The entry of additional workers through the H-1B, H-2B, J, and L nonimmigrant visa programs, therefore, presents a significant threat to employment opportunities for Americans affected by the extraordinary economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.”

According to a report published in the Indian Express, Indians had applied for as many as 1.84 lakh jobs or 67% of the total H-1B work visas (2.5 lakh) in the current financial year.

Here’s how the suspension of H1B visa will affect the Indians:

  • No H1B, H2B, L visa will be issued to those planning to come to the US for work.
  • The holders of these visas might not get work despite being currently present in the US.
  • IT companies operating from India might not be able to send their employees to the US.