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New H-1B Visa Rules May Lead To Mass Deportation Of 75,000 Indians From The US

| January 2 , 2018 , 15:43 IST

The Trump administration in the US, as a part of the crackdown on H-1B visas granted to foreign workers, is now considering a proposal which may lead to a large-scale deportation of foreign workers, affecting as many as 75,000 Indians.

The United States, under the administration of President Donald Trump has been taking significant steps to encourage the "Buy American, Hire American" concept, by launching a crackdown on H-1B visas granted to foreign workers.

According to the proposal for the latest revision of H-1B visa policy, visa holders waiting for their permanent residency cards (Green Card) will not be granted extensions to their H-1B visas, as a result of which they would be forced to leave the US.

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The proposal was circulated in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees citizenship and immigration.

"The idea is to create a sort of ‘self-deportation’ of hundreds of thousands of Indian tech workers in the United States to open up those jobs for Americans," a US source briefed by homeland security officials said to the McClatchy DC Bureau.

Currently, H-1B visa holders are eligible for one extension of up to 3 years, but those whose applications for permanent residency have been accepted, receive extensions to their H-1B visa till they receive their Green Card. Due to the massive backlog in the processing of Green Cards, the waiting period often stretches into years.