Google Not Worried About Trump's New H-1B Visa Guidance

Google isn't worried about the new guidance for H-1B visas that the Trump administration explained in a memo last week. In an internal email sent to all of the company's immigrant employees on Monday, the Alphabet-owned tech giant explained that its immigration unit is carefully monitoring every move made by the current United States administration, adding how the team believes the company's workforce won't be affected by the newly proposed system. Following last week's memo, there were some doubts regarding immigrants working as software engineers in the Silicon Valley, but Google's recent email obtained by Recode reveals that the company doesn't expect the revised H-1B visa guidance issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will affect that job category. Regardless, Google assured its immigrant employees that they'll be notified in case the new U.S. administration makes any moves that could potentially affect them.

A revision of the H-1B visa guidance was one of the main reasons why President Trump previously attempted to install two travel bans preventing immigration from several Middle Eastern countries, both of which were challenged and ultimately suspended in the court of law. Google itself was often rather vocal about opposing the polarizing executive orders signed by President Trump earlier this year, and the Mountain View-based Internet giant even signed a letter formally opposing Trump's immigration policies after only two weeks of his tenure. The company previously established the largest crisis fund in its history in response to the first immigration ban, while many of its top executives have privately criticized the measure.

The current U.S. administration is arguing its new immigration policies are meant to improve the safety of the United States, adding how a stricter visa vetting process is a necessary measure aimed at preventing potential terrorists from entering the country. As the Silicon Valley traditionally relies on immigration to find skilled workers, many U.S. tech giants were rather vocal about opposing the anti-immigration policies of the Trump administration, though their opposition dwindled in recent weeks after the latest executive order mandating a travel ban was suspended by several courts in early March.

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