President Trump’s ban on new H-1B work visas will be disruptive. Foreign workers and their employers who were counting on visas won’t get them. The ability of multinational firms to move employees internationally will be stymied. There will be frustrations, but the ban’s overall impact of bringing highly skilled foreign workers into the U.S. may be limited.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has forced U.S. firms to become better at working remotely, and it may also make companies more comfortable with outsourcing work offshore, said Jimit Arora, a partner at the Everest Group, an outsourcing consultancy in Dallas.