H1-B visa: Cook, Nooyi and 57 other CEOs say Trump could harm US

New York: The Trump administration’s “inconsistent” immigration policies, including on the H1-B visa for professionals, could “disrupt” operations of American firms and inflict “substantial harm” on their competitiveness, CEOs from top US companies have warned.

In a letter to US homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, members of the Business Roundtable, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, president and CEO of Mastercard Ajay Banga and chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems Chuck Robbins, and 55 other CEOs said that confusion around US immigration policy “creates anxiety for employees who follow the law”.

The Business Roundtable, an association of the top leaders of America’s leading companies, told Nielsen on Thursday that “inconsistent government action and uncertainty undermines economic growth and American competitiveness”.

CEOs’ concerns

  • In particular, the CEOs said they are worried about changes to the review process for H-1B visas for high-skilled workers, expected changes to the rules for spouses of H-1B employees and planned changes to certain deportation rules.
  • The Business Roundtable members said that a confusing immigration system which threatens to split families apart, could encourage people to seek employment in another country.