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21-04-2017, 06:53 AM #1
What Really Is The ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Order And Will It Impact Indian Prof
What could be the long term impact of this executive order of Trump Government..?
What Really Is The ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Order And Will It Impact Indian Professionals?
A lot has been said about United States President Donald Trump’s new executive order titled ‘Buy American and Hire American’ (BAHA) order. There is a lot of apprehension about its impact on H-1B visas and employment of foreign nationals in the United States (US). So what exactly is happening?
Here is a short guide to the entire issue.
What is an H-1B visa and how is it issued?
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows an employer in the US to employ foreigners in speciality professions for a period of up to three years. In case the employee is no longer employed with the employer who sponsored the visa, he/she must either change the visa type or find another employer or leave the country.
Speciality professions are defined as those which require theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialised knowledge in a field. About 85,000 H1-B visas are released in a year, often running out in no time. As per the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 69.7 per cent of H1-B visas are issued to Indian nationals.
Of the total number of visas issued, 65,000 are issued to skilled workers with a college degree and the remaining 20,000 to those with higher training. The selection of applicants is done randomly using a computerised lottery system.
Now, what does Trump’s BAHA order state?
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