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Over 60,000 Indians To Be Jobless In US Soon; Bad News For H4 Visa Holders

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Indians prefer to do a job in foreign countries for several reasons. Some people are fed up with reservation system and couldn’t find a place for their talent and leave India. Whereas some people prefer to work in abroad for pride and show off. Some people want to get a job in abroad so that they can demand more dowry. Some women intentionally marry NRI to get settled in abroad.

Whatever the reasons, now the time is really bad for over 60,000 Indians in the US due to Donald Trump administration and about 80 percent of them are women.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services decided to terminate work permits granted to H4 visa holders. The H4 visa is granted to the spouses of professionals working in the US on H-1B visa.

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Barack Obama administration granted permission to H-4 visa holders to work in the US and Donald Trump administration has decided to scrap this.

About 80 percent of H-4 visa holders are women. Immigration service chief Francis Cissna yesterday informed the lawmakers about the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw work permit under H-4 visa rule.

The Obama administration had allowed the spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the US, earn wages and pay taxes under H-4 visa scheme.

However, Trump administration comes as a major setback to Indian youths seeking jobs. According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the unemployment rate is likely to be almost double to 6.75 percent in April from 3.39 percent in July 2017 in the country.

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Influential lawmakers and representative of the American IT industry, including Facebook, have opposed the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw work permits to H-4 visa holders, who are spouses of H-1B visa holders.

“Rescinding this rule and removing tens of thousands of people from the American workforce would be devastating to their families, and would hurt our economy,” Silicon Valley-based FWD.US, which was founded by top IT companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, said in a report released yesterday.

FWD.US argued further that this policy allows certain individuals to secure gainful employment without having to wait for their spouses to receive permanent residency.

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“H-4 work authorization has allowed an estimated 100,000 people to begin working and further integrate into their communities,” the report quoted a group of 15 top American lawmakers from California as saying.

The lawmakers also argued that the Obama-era H-4 rule lessened the burden on thousands of H-1B recipients and their families while they transition from non-immigrants to lawful permanent residents by allowing their families to earn dual incomes.

“Eliminating this benefit removes an important incentive for highly skilled immigrants to remain here to invest in and grow our economy to the benefit of all Americans,” the letter signed by, among others, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, said.

“The H-4 rule is a matter of both economic competitiveness and maintaining family unity. The United States has already invested in these workers with years of expertise and we should not be sending them abroad to innovate and use their experience and talents against US businesses. We ask that you reconsider the revocation of the H-4 rule,” the lawmakers said in the letter dated March 5.

The Indian Embassy has been engaging with lawmakers and officials of the Trump Administration as this issue affects a large number of highly qualified India professionals, mostly women.

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“Eliminating work authorization for roughly 100,000 H-4 visa holders, most of whom are educated women like me, will hurt our country and have negative consequences on tens of thousands of American families. We must protect legal immigration channels that will help the US remain at the forefront of innovation for generations to come,” said Dr. Maria Navas-Moreno, Co-Founder of Lever Photonics and an H-4 visa holder.

Government Affairs at the Information Technology Industry Council director Karolina Filipiak said, “As employers continue to navigate the outdated immigration system, the administration should reconsider its likely rescission of the H-4 visa rule.”

Whether you accept it or not, India is the best country to live in. No country other than India provides freedom of living to its citizens. If you have left India just for showoff and for pride, I don’t have an answer. And if you get married to NRI only to get settled in abroad, then also I don’t have an answer. But if you left India due to reservation problem, then continue reading.

Everyone knows that reservation is the biggest problem for meritorious candidates. If you seriously want to take revenge on the reservation system, then don’t leave India. Establish a company and provide livelihood to many people.

That need not be a software company always, in whatever area you have expertise including agriculture, just start a company and provide great livelihood to many other jobless people with awesome salaries.

What do you say? Share us in the comments.  Powerful passport of these countries will allow you to travel around the world without a visa.

Pavani Bharathula
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