The IT industry body Nasscom recommends that IT workers be exempted from US visa restrictions on the grounds that they are “essential workers.” IT workers are crucial to the functioning of hospitals, healthcare, and other industries essential to the US’s post-pandemic recovery.
Furthermore, because the pandemic has not increased US unemployment in the IT sector—and in fact there are thousands of unfilled IT jobs—the Trump administration’s claim that jobs need to be reserved for US workers is not valid in the IT arena.
Nasscom says that barring IT workers with non-immigrant visas (such as the H-1B and L-1) from entering the US is a formula for national economic pain. Suresh Rajan of LCR Capital Partners notes several clients with non-immigrant visas have decided to switch to the EB-5 visa to ensure permanent residency in the US.
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