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 need to 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 non-immigrant 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.
In introducing the guidance, CISA stated: “Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the Covid-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.”
“We feel the priorities established by the CISA should help define the types of essential workers that any subsequent recommendations on non-immigrant visa programs should include and address,” Nasscom said.
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