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Joe Biden Says ‘Will Lift The Freeze On H1-B Visas On Winning 2020 US Elections’

Joe Biden

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr, born November 20, 1942, is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2020 United States presidential election, running against incumbent Donald Trump. Biden unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s order has been criticized by the tech industry as well as politicians on both sides of the aisle as damaging to the U.S. economy.

U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation to suspend issuing of H-1B visas, which is popular among Indian IT professionals, along with other foreign work visas for the rest of the year.

Tech workers in India hoping to move to the U.S. for work, suffered a setback on Monday with U.S. President Donald Trump signing an executive order (EO) halting new H-1B visas effective June 24 through the end of the year. H4 visas (H-1B dependents), L visas (intra-company transfers), as well as H-2B (non-agricultural workers) and J visas will be on pause through the year-end.

Trump’s order was issued apparently to protect American jobs during the ongoing pandemic but it has been criticized by the tech industry as well as politicians on both sides of the aisle as damaging to the U.S. economy.

Democratic presidential candidate and former US vice president Joe Biden has said that he will lift the temporary suspension on H-1B visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, if he wins the November presidential elections.

On June 23, in a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration suspended the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year.

Biden, in a digital town hall meeting on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) issues, praised the contribution of H-1B visa holders.

“He (US President Donald Trump) just ended H-1B visas the rest of this year. That will not be in my administration,” Biden said. He was referring to the temporary suspension of the H-1B visas and other foreign work visas by Trump for the rest of the year.

Biden appreciates Visa -holders

“The people on the company visa have built this country,” Biden said when asked what his administration will do in the first 100 days of Trump’s decision

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

“On day one, I’m going to send the legislative immigration reform bill to Congress to provide a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who contribute so much to this country, including 1.7 million from the AAPI community.“My immigration policy is built around keeping families together, modernizing an immigration system by keeping families, unification, and diversity as pillars of our immigration system, which it used to be,” Biden said.

He alleged that Trump’s immigration policies are cruel and lenient.

Biden said that he will take immediate action to protect dreamers, including more than 100,000 eligible dreamers from East and South Asia.

Challenge to Trump

Biden believes that foreign graduates of a US doctoral programme should be given a Green Card with their degree and that losing these highly trained workers to foreign economies is a disservice to our own economic competitiveness.

Biden is challenging the 74-year-old Republican incumbent President Trump in the November 3 presidential elections where Trump is seeking his re-election for his second four-year term.

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