TRUMP AND THE VISA QUES­TION

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The new year be­gan with a jolt for In­di­ans work­ing in the United States on H1B visas, as the de­part­ment of home­land se­cu­rity was re­port­edly con­sid­er­ing new rules to pre­vent ex­ten­sions. The H1B is a six-year work per­mit. Dur­ing this time, visa-hold­ers ap­ply to be­come per­ma­nent res­i­dents. But with wait times for cer­tain na­tion­al­i­ties, in­clud­ing In­di­ans, far ex­ceed­ing six years, H1B ex­ten­sions are es­sen­tial to main­tain le­gal sta­tus. Pre­vent­ing ex­ten­sions would force In­di­ans wait­ing for their green cards to leave the US. For­tu­nately for them, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has buck­led un­der pres­sure and backed off from mak­ing im­me­di­ate pol­icy changes.

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