Important that US continues to get access to talent critical to recovery phase: Nasscom

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order pausing immigration for 60 days to protect the jobs of Americans laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ​​Nasscom noted that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided an excel...

PUNE: IT industry lobby group Nasscom has welcomed the exemptions granted to certain categories of health care and essential workers in US President Donald Trump’s Executive Order suspending immigration into the country for 60 days.

In a statement, Nasscom said the United States needs access to talent critical to recovery from the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

“The US needs access to those working in health care sector as well as those essential technology workers who are keeping critical infrastructure operating in the US, ensuring that US hospitals and first responders have the IT systems they need, building and maintaining the systems to help children learn remotely, helping US industries to remain open and operating, and playing key roles in efforts to develop treatments and a cure for this disease – to name but just a few vital services,” it said. The EO, signed by Trump on Wednesday, also has a provision to review nonimmigrant programmes – which have currently been left out of the purview of the order within 30 days by the Secretary of Labour and the Secretary of Homeland Security.

The EO is intended to help fight unemployment in the US, which has crossed 22 million.

Nasscom said the Department of Homeland security roadmap will help with any subsequent potential recommendation for non-immigrant and other visa categories.

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security has provided detailed examples of jobs and employees that are essential.
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