US Relaxes H-1B Visa and Green card Approach

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak across the US, Trump announced travel restrictions and suspended certain immigration policies. However, the US government has just announced that they will provide H-1B visa holders and Green card applicants a grace period of 60 days in light of the health pandemic.
This means that foreign workers under the H-1B visa category and green card applicants, who have been asked to submit documents will have 60 days to submit documents that they have received requests for. This also includes a 60 day grace period for filing the Form I-290B, which is for the Notice of Appeal or Motion.
The official statement that was released said:
"USCIS will consider a response to the above requests and notices received within 60 calendar days after the response due date set in the request or notice before taking action."

Help for US businesses

This change in approach will be welcome relief to many businesses in the US that rely on the skills of specialist foreign workers who are able to work for them under the H-1B visa. These tend to be positions like IT professionals from India, providing expertise that the employer would otherwise struggle to recruit for at the required skill and expertise level.
It will also give some peace of mind to the many green card applicants that will have been affected by the impact of the Covid-19 based changes to US immigration. Current US law allows up to 140,000 employment based green cards to be issued each fiscal year.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the economy around the world and now businesses are struggling to cope with the aftermath. The 60-day grace period will make it easier for the affected businesses to continue to use their valued resources that are enabled through H-1B visas and employment based green cards.

What next for the economy?

Trump and his administration team have been working on solutions to help get the US economy running again, whilst still trying to prevent the spread of the disease to try and minimise the impact.. As of May 4, almost 70,000 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in the US, with a huge proportion of those figures being in New York. The city has recorded around 25,000 deaths to date, and is the most severely impacted city so far since the disease first emerged.
Several states had started to re-open businesses and ease the lockdown rules but it is not clear whether the US has definitely gone through the peak yet, with high volumes of daily deaths still being recorded. Trump has not hidden his anger with China, and has regularly pointed the finger at the alleged cover up about the disease and China’s failure to prepare the rest of the world for the pandemic when it reached other countries.
Trump has also warned the US that there could be up to 100,000 deaths in the country as a result of Covid-19 and insisted that the US has responded to the pandemic in a successful way. Meanwhile, Brazil is now facing a crisis as the death toll there rises but the mainly hit countries across Europe appear to be improving in terms of daily cases and deaths.
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