Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential elections may not be a good news for the Indian IT professionals who want to visit the US in search of work.
While Trump is seen as a threat to America itself by many, his election may end up making the good relationship shared by the India and the US sour. In a speech at Ohio yesterday, Trump hinted his cheering supporters that, if elected, he would end the practice of granting H-1B visas to workers from outside the US.
Pledging to protect jobs for Americans, Trump was quoted as saying by PTI: “Many mothers across this country are worried their kids won’t find jobs, and they are right to be worried. One of the biggest threats is outsourcing – jobs for college-educated kids are being sent to other countries.”
The Republican presidential candidate further said: “At the same time, companies are importing low-wage workers on H-1B visas to take jobs from young college-trained Americans,” he alleged, adding, “We will protect these jobs for Americans.”
H-1B work visas are the most sought after by the IT professionals, particularly by those from India.
Interestingly, H-1B visa and outsourcing were among Trump’s some of the main campaign issues during the Republican primary season early this year, but he remained silent on these issues till the election rally in Ohio.
PTI reports that Trump’s vision is to prioritise the jobs, wages and security of the Americans and establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first. He plans to protect the economic well-being of the lawful immigrants already living here by curbing uncontrolled foreign worker admissions, and select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in the US and their ability to be financially self-sufficient.
He said that, if elected, his government will “make sure” that all US graduates can find a “good job to start a good career when they do”. With his economic plan, he claimed about 25 million new jobs would be created. It would also allow the private sector to grow at 4% per year.
It is unlikely that Trump would be elected as the US President. Even if he gets elected, it would be expected of him to tone down his approach as the President of the United States.
(With PTI inputs)