Trump admin loosens H-1B visa exemption, allows employees to return to the United States for the same job

The Trump administration has eased the H-1B visa limits that it had previously imposed on restricting entry of foreign workers to the United States. The Donald Trump administration has now agreed to allow those employees who are applying for H-1B visas to come to the country for the same job they had before the lockout. The U.S. Department of State has said in an order that certain H-1B visa requirements are being relaxed to encourage non-immigrant workers to return to the U.S. for the same jobs. The visa ban relaxation will also allow those workers’ spouses to return to the US.

In his June order, President Donald Trump had banned the entry of employees in many primary non-immigrant visa groups, including the H-1B, into the US, claiming that they were eating in American jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

In a major blow to Indian IT professionals, President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order banning federal agencies from contracting or subcontracting foreign employees — especially those on H-1B visa — from recruiting. Top US tech firms including Amazon and Facebook filed a legal brief backing a challenge to Donald Trump’s temporary ban on the entry of certain foreign workers.