Soon after the judgement, the Indians’ attorneys filed a notice indicating their plans to appeal the ruling in a circuit court.
The US Chamber of Commerce and several trade associations, including a coalition of technology giants such as Apple and Google, had also filed a separate lawsuit challenging the ban. That lawsuit is pending before a California federal court.
Trump signed a proclamation in June restricting H-1B and other non-immigration visas till the end of 2020. The move was seen as a means to generate more jobs for Americans.
H-1B visas are meant for immigrant workers in speciality occupations while H-4 visas are issued for their dependent family members. The US government
issued over 188,000 H-1B visa
and 125,000 H-4 visas in 2019, according to its Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website. The major beneficiaries in both cases were Indians.
L-1 visas are issued for intra-company transfers. For instance, if an Infosys executive moves from India to the company’s office in the US, it will be on an L-1 visa. However, if the same executive is going to the US to work at a client site, he or she will be issued an H-1B visa.
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