She evaluated the risks of a U.S. decision to limit visas for IT professionals
The US could lose competitive advantage by limiting visas for IT workers, told RIA Novosti expert on us immigration law attorney Elizabeth Krukova.
Previously, the administration of Donald trump has restricted the issuance of a number of work visas, citing the need to protect the jobs of Americans. De facto visas are not issued since March due to pandemic coronavirus, but the decision trump could prolong the situation indefinitely, and after a pandemic.
"Most American companies faced with a shortage of IT professionals over the past few years, and this scarcity only increased due to high demand. Even during a pandemic, and high unemployment there is high demand for IT professionals... there is no doubt that the US could lose the competitive sector of the market, if high-tech centers will be developed in other countries, even if they will work for the needs of the United States," - said Kryukov, who is the legal founder of National Capital Legal Services in Washington.
She explained that work visa like H-1B, which is now US did not give, was used to attract highly qualified technical staff, including managers who were creating jobs in the United States.
"Historically the US has always used the opportunity to create a platform for the best minds, attracting leading scientists, engineers, biologists and doctors. The demand has never been higher than it is now. Pandemic only increases the demand for the most efficient, innovative professionals who can work in the new reality. The new labour force usually brings new ideas and approaches. Unfortunately, it is now blocked measures against work visas", - stated the lawyer.
The President of the United States Donald trump in June signed a proclamation to suspend the issuance of some visas. Trump ordered to suspend the issuance of visas H-1B, H-2B, J and L, until 31 December 2020. As earlier told reporters a senior administration official, the exception for H-2B visas will be made only for employees of the industry for the production and processing of seafood, accounting for about 15% of the total number of these visas.
In the number of visas that fall under the restrictions, includes H-1B for working in high-tech fields, H-4 for spouses of holders of other visas (including H-1B and H-2B) H-2B for low-skilled workforce, and J visa categories (for trainees, teachers and summer work) and L (intra-company transfers between offices in different countries).