Indian software engineers in US need a lease of life and extension of H1-B visa grace period, says Nasscom
Source: Business Insider | Apr 01, 2020
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The Indian IT industry body Nasscom is asking the US Labor Department to allow Indian IT employees to stay back longer as India closes its borders.
As of now, Indians who lose their job in the country can stay a maximum of two months before they need to leave the country. Nasscom wants it extended to six months.
H-1B is a work visa that allows skilled Indians to work in the US for up to six years. This is the most sought after visa among immigrants as it allows to work for multiple employers at the same time. L1 visas are given to the foreign workers who are temporarily transferred to the country.
Several Indian employees filed a petition to the White House seeking extension of the post-unemployment period. “Most H-1B workers are from India and cannot travel home with children who are US citizens as many nations announced an entry ban, including India. H-1B workers cater to the economy at large, mainly supporting the IT Industry with high tax contributions,” the petition said.
The US Labor Department said that as many as 3.28 million Americans registered to claim unemployment benefits in a week, after the pandemic struck.
Researchers estimate that as many as 47 million people in the US can go unemployed during the recession — and the H1-B visa holders will be the first to go.
Meanwhile, the United States reported over 4,000 Coronavirus deaths so far, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). That is more than double the count three days earlier — and over 40% of the deaths in the US were in New York. The total number of Coronavirus infections also spiked to 163,000, as on March 31.