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15Feb, 17

I write this in continuation of my earlier blog “Is the Fear about H1B Cap 2018 real?” posted on February 7, 2017. Few developments over the past few weeks show positive signs that the economic benefits of preserving and expanding H-1B visas program which is beneficial to American economy is there for a long haul. The recent meeting between a very powerful Republican Senator Orion Hatch, Senate Finance Committee Chairman and President Trump is a testimony to that. After meeting the President Trump, Senator Hatch said that he does not expect President Trump to weaken the H-1B visa scheme, sought-after by Indian IT professionals, as the program benefits Americans and the US economy. Senator further said, Trump appears to recognize the importance of the high-skilled guest worker program for overall job growth and economic productivity. Senator said that in his several meetings with Trump he had discussed the economic benefits of preserving and expanding H-1B visas program, which is popular among Indian IT professionals. Hatch told ‘Morning Consult’, a media technology company, that his time with Trump has convinced him that the President will take a pragmatic approach to H-1Bs.

Hatch is expected to roll out a tech-focused “Innovation Agenda for the 115th Congress,” in which he is likely to push for an increase in H-1B visa number. Hatch appeared very confident of his ability to convince President that the data on H-1B visas shows how the program benefits American workers and the US economy, the report said. India is one of the top sources for international workers in the American tech industry, accounting for a major chunk of all H-1B visas.

These developments strengthen my strong belief which has been built over my long span of almost 18 years of handling U.S. Immigration matters seeing many turbulences in immigration environment wherein each time the fear of change sustained for only a very minimal period and it survived and continues to strive and thrive with Immigration scenario becoming more vibrant and joyful bringing joy to millions of immigrants. Hatch’s confidence should form basis for elimination of unfounded fears at these times when no such legislation supporting the unfounded fears of many exists. Not to ignore the fact that those who will use this period to their advantage by making use of existing H1B regulations will be miles ahead in their journey to realize their dreams which will ultimately boost the American economy and align with President Trump’s stated agenda to recognize the importance of the high-skilled guest worker program for overall job growth and economic productivity.

Remember, there is no illusion greater than fear and fear is only as deep as the mind allows. Fear always ends in regret. Let that not happen.

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