US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an Executive Order to restrict H-1B, L-1, and other temporary work permits on Monday, a decision likely to affect Indians the most. The move is part of the US government's efforts to curb immigration and help boost local employment in the country.
The likely plan to suspend temporary work visas, including the highly-coveted H-1B visa, may affect around 2.4 lakh people from across the world seeking to work in the US. Among these, Indian IT (information technology) professionals could be the worst-hit as they dominate the list of successful (H-1B) visa applicants.
"In some cases, you have to have exclusions. You need them for big businesses where they have certain people that have been coming in for a long time," he said.
According to an earlier report by news agency Bloomberg, the Trump administration is mulling a proposal to limit people from entering the US across visa categories comprising the H-1B visa for as long as 180 days.
Another report in NPR News also suggested that Trump is expected to suspend all temporary work visas till the year end.
Meanwhile, several tech companies and industry bodies have already cautioned the government against any such restrictions as they would be counter-productive for the US economy.