CEOs of top US companies including Apple and PepsiCo have warned that US President Donald Trump’s policies about H1-B Visa can inflict ‘substantial harm’ to the competitiveness of the US companies. The CEOs also termed Trump’s immigration policies as ‘inconsistent’.
The CEOs said that due to the shortage of green cards for workers, many employees find themselves stuck in an immigration process lasting more than a decade.
In a letter to US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, members of the Business Roundtable, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, President and CEO of Mastercard Ajay Banga and Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems Chuck Robbins said that confusion around US immigration policy “creates anxiety for employees who follow the law.”
The Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies, told Nielsen yesterday that “inconsistent government action and uncertainty undermines economic growth and American competitiveness.”
To avoid unnecessary costs and complications for American businesses, the US government should not change the rules in the middle of the process, the CEOs said, pointing out to the several policy memoranda over the past year by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued that has resulted in “arbitrary and inconsistent adjudications”.
“Companies now do not apperceive whether a assignment acceptance address that was accustomed aftermost ages will be accustomed back the aggregation submits the identical appliance to extend the employee’s status,” they said.
In particular, the CEOs said they are afraid about changes to the analysis action for H-1B visas for high-skilled workers, accepted changes to the rules for spouses of H-1B advisers and planned changes to assertive displacement rules.
The H-1B acceptance is a non-immigrant acceptance that allows US companies to apply adopted workers in aspect occupations that crave abstract or abstruse expertise. The technology companies depend on it to appoint tens of bags of advisers anniversary year from countries like India and China.
Employees who authorize for H-1B jobs generally authority degrees in science, tech, engineering or math, and are awful approved afterwards by employers, the CEOs said.
The Roundtable associates said that a ambagious clearing arrangement in the US which threatens to breach their families apart, could animate them to seek application in a altered country. That would put the American abridgement at a disadvantage.
They additionally acclaimed that in abounding cases, the US Labor Department has bent that “no able US workers are accessible to do that person’s job.”
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