There is news that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in talks with the white house administration with regards to terminating the provision of granting H-1b extension after the initial period of 6 years. It is said that a memo is being circulated amongst the above agencies with regards to the same.
It is said that the DHS and the white house administration are carefully understanding the language of the American Compititiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21) Act to evaluate whether the language of the provisions can help the government to discontinue from granting H-1b visa extensions beyond the 6 year limit.
This if enacted would result in self deportation of thousands of high skilled workers.
The current provisions of the act enable high skilled professionals to obtain H-1b visa extension for certain period depending on the status of their respective case.
It is just a news as yet. Some also state that it’s a rumored news. Nothing has been officially confirmed about it by the agencies. For any alterations to be made in the law, it will require congressional approval. The president alone can not make the alterations.
It would have to go through several litigations if it had to make changes in the current law.
One thing to be noted here is that the administration had announced its policy of buy American, hire American. So all the proposals and changes in the immigration law are aimed to achieve the buy American, hire American principle.
This policy would harm American business, economy, and the country. The Chamber of commerce and many industry leaders have already voiced their concerns about this move from the administration.
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