A topsy turvy year for Indians on H1B and H4 visas

Along with suspension of H1B and H4 visas after the onset of the pandemic the Trump administration succeeded in putting up some sweeping limits on legal immigration even while Joe Biden will be sworn in. These visas are largely used by the Indians for working at client locations in the US.

Through a proclamation issued 20 days before Inauguration Day, President Donald Trump ordered a three-month extension of the visa restrictions, which were first enacted in April as a ban on some prospective immigrants and expanded in June to also halt several temporary work programs as the entry of foreigners deemed to be “detrimental to the interests” of the US. 

While he has pledged to overturn some of the centerpieces of Trump’s immigration agenda, Joe Biden has yet to say whether he intends to rescind the visa restrictions. Cultural exchange J-1 visas for au pairs and other short-term workers; visas for spouses of H-1B and H-2B holders; and L visas for companies to relocate employees to the U.S. will continue to be suspended as well.

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