H1B Visa Ban Will Extend After March 31? Joe Biden Still ‘Undecided’ On Allowing H1B Visa
On Monday, the Biden administration indicated that they are still undecided on ending the Trump-era ban on issuing new H-1B visas.
Pending Decision On Issuing Of New H-1B Visa
On the subject, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas asserted saying that their top priority is the acute needs of individuals fleeing persecution.
Prior to this, President Donald Trump had extended the ban in January, on issuing new H-1B visas till March 31.
He argued that the country is having a very high unemployment rate and the US cannot afford to have more foreign workers.
Although, his successor, the current President, Joe Biden has revoked dozens of the executive orders of Trump mostly related to immigration like the lifting the Muslim visa ban or those related to Green Card”.
So far, the one which caused the ban on issuing H-1B has still not been lifted.
If Biden does not issue a fresh proclamation, It is planned to expire on March 31.
When Mayorkas was asked about the same, he said, “I don’t really (know). I hate to end the questioning on a question. The answer to which I am not certain. But this goes to what preceded us. We have so much work to do to repair and to restore and to rebuild that we have a prioritization matrix and of course, the acute needs of individuals fleeing persecution is a high priority. Which brings me to this meeting this morning,”.
Revoking A Policy Concerning Green Cards
Earlier, President Biden has revoked a policy that was issued by the Trump administration during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to this, they have blocked many Green Card applicants from entering the US.
Biden’s move has benefited many Indians working in America on the H-1B visa.
Currently, the US is facing a backlog of nearly 473,000 qualified family-based Green Card requests.
As many as 120,000 family-based preference visas were lost as a result of Trump’s ban on issuing green cards.
However, the latest move came as a big boon for issuing employment-based green cards, mainly those on H-1B visas.
In the last few months, thousands of Indian IT professionals who painstakingly waited for their Green Card received their legal permanent residency.