Ahmedabad: Days after US President Donald Trump ordered temporary suspension of the most sought-after H-1B visas, along with other types of foreign work visas. until the end of 2020, Harvard University has said it threatened scholarly engagement.
Trump’s June 22 executive order was meant to protect American workers from unemployment in a crucial election year.
The suspension of foreign work visas is a short-sighted policy that threatens scholarly engagement, the top US university remarked in The Harvard Crimson, the university’s publication.
Harvard University Spokesperson Jonathan L Swain said though this does not affect student visas or Optional Practical Training (OPT) but it is disappointing that the order bans entry to certain new non-immigrant visa holders, including the H-1B.
However, Trump argued that the step was essential to help millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the current economic crisis. The temporary suspension, the White House argued, will make more than half-a-million jobs available to Americans.
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. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.