A US District Court has abolished two H-1B visa regulations, suggested by President Donald Trump’s administration, which would impede companies from hiring international employees.
The administration of President Trump planned to impose these regulations on December 7. However, they have been opposed by a large number of universities, research organizations, businesses and other organizations from the start, VisaGuide.World reports.
Trump’s administration introduced the new changes in October, as interim final rules without previous notice or public comments, which was considered a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
The new rules would ban US businesses from hiring skilled international workers and would also impact the US economy, which up to this point has been profoundly affected, by the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The University of Stanford is among the other institutions that have urged Trump’s Administration to terminate the introduced regulations.
In this regard, Stanford’s President Marc Tessier-Lavigne has emphasized that “we are pleased that the court agrees that these rule changes would have had harmful effects” for holders of H-1B visas and the communities that rely on them.
“We are gratified that current H-1B visa holders will be able to stay without disruption to their work and that we can continue to bring highly specialized workers to the United States to work in fields where their skills are greatly needed,” he pointed out.
Citizens of India are the most interested national group in H-1B visas. During the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2019, about 2.78 lakh (or 72 per cent) of H-1B visas were issued or renewed, for citizens of India.
In October, President Trump proposed to end the H-1B computerized lottery system, the US’s Department of Homeland and Security (DHS) announced.
The H-1B visa helps companies in America to employ internationals in occupations that need theoretical or technical expertise. IT specialists, architects, professors, doctors, accountants, lawyers are included in this kind of visa.
The Department of Homeland and Security previously presented its interim final rule, which revealed the changes of several regulations to the H-1B program, in a bid to “strengthen the visa classification program.”