Switching jobs is no longer easy for H1B holders
After Donald Trump took the presidentship, he had become a tough nut to crake especially for the H1B visa holders and applicants. Over the last couple of years, he had made multiple changes to the H1-B visa policy and it certainly had a major impact on young Indian student or professional looking to work in America.
This gamble has not only affected the dreams of individuals but has also shown its impact on the organizations/companies run by Indian origin people is under the special scanner. With a view that immigrants are taking more advantage of American jobs, the Trump government is declining H1B visa extensions and at the same time. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)L Francis Cissna recently proclaimed that he would be happy if the American law prevented the replacement of an American by an H1B holder, in terms of jobs.
‘Buy American, Hire American' has been the slogan of Trump, ever since he took the Presidency. Though this received a good response from the natives there, it raised controversy as the US is the country which encourages different cultures. According to a report, the USCIS has been denying applications even if the new job is in the same line as old one citing the reason as 'not a speciality occupation'. Certainly, it's an unexpected setback for Indians who are waiting for 'Green Card'.
According to the new policies, an H1B holder to switch to a new job, he must file an H1B petition seeking an extension and it is generally to join the new employer post the approval. In any such case, if the department denies extending his status, the applicant will be categorized as 'out of status'. In such a case, the old company can hire him back but it's quite infrequent. Disillusioned and defeated, several of these individuals took to social media to share their experiences of having their goals "trumped" by the very country they wished to build a life in.