Several H-1B visa holders lost jobs but weren't given benefits
H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that lets US companies hire professionals from countries like China and India in occupations that require theoretical and technical expertise. Nearly 500,000 H-1B visa holders work in the US.
Several visa holders have already lost jobs in the ongoing pandemic. Unfortunately, they aren't entitled to unemployment benefits.
In May, reports first suggested that such a step is in offing.
If the employment visas are suspended it "could bar any new H-1B holder outside the country from coming to work until the suspension is lifted, though visa holders already in the country are unlikely to be affected," the daily said.
Along with H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas could also be suspended.
The White House, however, said a decision hasn't been taken yet.
White House didn't provide clarity on the speculations
"The administration is currently evaluating a wide range of options, formulated by career experts, to protect American workers and job seekers especially disadvantaged and underserved citizens — but no decisions of any kind have been made," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.
The US Chambers of Commerce doesn't support this move
Amid speculations, US Chambers of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue wrote to Trump suggesting against taking such a decision, arguing that companies would need both domestic and foreign workers when the economy rebounds.
He said L-1 and H-1B visas are crucial for American businesses. Policies that could put unwarranted pressure on companies would not help in creating jobs, he explained to Trump.