Immigration reform 2015: Obama executive order may impact Indian H-1B holders
Immigration reforms 2015 seem to be something unachievable now. While President Obamaâ€™s executive order had given hope to around five million undocumented immigrants of getting long-term benefits, eventually leading to full nationality, their hopes are shattered.
Instead of any sort of relief, these five million people are now fearful of eventual deportation from the US. Their hopes of getting that eluding US citizenship may end up in complete shock for them, a shock that will be very tough to manage. An appellate court has turned down the US governmentâ€™s appeal for giving relief in Obamaâ€™s executive order. Now President Obama and his administration is in a bind as to what to do to make any progress as far as Obamaâ€™s pet project is concerned.
In the meantime many people are wondering if this weekâ€™s federal court ruling affects changes for those on high-skilled worker visas in the United States? But thankfully there wouldnâ€™t be any impact, whatsoever on it, experts believe. A report in Wall Street Journal while quoting Scott J. FitzGerald, a partner at U.S.-based international law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP says that it will not affect initiatives for skilled workers, because the lawsuit only pertained to the program that shielded millions from deportation.
The Wall Street Journal in its report says that â€œThe presidentâ€™s basket of executive actions was welcomed by Indiaâ€™s outsourcing technology industry, which earns billions of dollars sending Indian engineers and programmers to the U.S. and has been demanding America raise the ceiling on the number of skilled-worker visas it issues every yearâ€¦Some of the measures announced under the reforms have already been rolled out. A rule that allows people with H-4, dependent-spouse visas with partners seeking employment-based, permanent residence status, to work in the U.S., came into effect earlier this weekâ€.
While H-1B Holders may not be impacted much on immigration reform, it is going to shatter 12 million peopleâ€™s hopes of a good future.
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