The processing for H-1B visa, popular among Indian IT professionals, has been temporarily suspended and the next application process would begin on April 2, said an agency in the USA. A report said that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the suspension of premium processing of all H-1B petitions, which have been capped at 65,000 annually. Telugu subject, A compulsion in every school.
what is H-1B visa?
The H-1B visa, allows US companies to employ foreign workers in technical expertise. There are approximately seven lakh Indians working in the US who belong to IT industry. Companies usually depend on H-1B visas to hire and transfer thousands of employees from countries like India and China. Also, the H-1B petition filing is for the year 2019 beginning October 1, 2018. Follow us on Facebook.
H-1B suspension until September 10, 2018:
The suspension processing of H-1B visas is understood to last till September 10, 2018. However, the USCIS would still accept premium processing requests for H-1B visa applications that are not subject 2019. “We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions or making any other premium processing updates,” The report said.
Premium processing till 2019:
The USCIS has also clarified that premium processing is suspended but an applicant would be given the liberty to submit a request with it to expedite an FY19 cap-subject H-1B petition if it meets expedited criteria. USCIS said the temporary suspension of premium processing would help it reduce overall H-1B processing time. This would help the agency clear long-pending petitions, which it has failed to process due to a high volume of incoming petitions, apart from a significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years, and prioritize adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are heading towards the 240-days.
H1-B visa annual Limit:
The H1-B visa has an annual limit of 65,000 visas each fiscal year as determined by the Congress. The first 20,000 applications, filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a US master’s degree or higher, are exempt from the cap. This does not apply to H-1B workers who are employed at an institution of higher education or affiliated to nonprofit entities or a government research organization.