Trump bans hiring H1-B visa holders for federal contracts

Washington: In a major disappointment for Indian IT professionals, U.S President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning federal agencies from hiring H1-B visa holders for federal contracts.

Earlier on June 23, President Trump had passed an order suspending the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020. The Trump administration had justified the move saying it was done to safeguard the American workers in the time of coornavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

The new restrictions came into effect from June 24.

The H1B visa is most sought-after among Indian IT professionals as it allows U.S companies to hire foreigners for jobs which require theoretical or technical expertise. Asianet Online