US President Donald Trump had earlier threatened to impose a 5-per cent tariff on all imported Mexican goods to pressure the country to stop the flow of undocumented migrants crossing the border, drawing extensive criticism both at home and abroad.
The H-1B visa, popular among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialIty occupations, that require theoretical or technical expertise.
The memo outlined several changes, including charging asylum seekers to file work permit applications and barring people who enter the US illegally or attempt to, from receiving temporary work permits before being approved for relief.
As per last week's figures provided by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as many as 130 of the 600 students from the fake University of Farmington were detained last week. Of these 129 were Indians.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations. H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India.
The President's comments came amid tension over a caravan of an estimated 5,000 to 7,000 people, mostly from three Latin American countries, currently marching towards the southern US border of Mexico with the intention to enter the US.