If President Joe Biden follows through on this suggestion, it will be a huge relief for thousands of foreign professionals, especially those from India. The recommendation was overwhelmingly endorsed by the Presidential Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
A non-immigrant visa called the H-1B allows American businesses to hire foreign nationals for specialized jobs that need for theoretical or technical competence. It is essential to the hiring of tens of thousands of workers each year from nations like China and India by technology companies.
The H-1B status cannot be activated until a visa stamp has been obtained at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad, per the current mandatory norm.
During its meeting on Wednesday at the White House, the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders made the decision.
Notably, many of them, whether they are applying for new H-1B visas or waiting for renewals, are experiencing uncertainty as a result of lengthy visa application appointments in nations like India, where the current wait time is more than a year. Indian American commission member Ajay Jain Bhutoria made a suggestion.
During the commission's meeting, which was broadcast live by the White House, Mr. Bhutoria informed the participants, "As part of our immigration process, H-1B visa holders are given the opportunity to work in the United States, live here, and contribute to the growth of our economy, innovation, and economic development."
Source: The Hindu