Petitions for H1-B visas, standard amongst Indian IT professionals, shall be accepted from April 2, a federal company introduced right this moment.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Providers (USCIS) additionally announced the suspension of premium processing of all H-1B petitions that are topic to the annual caps.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits US corporations to make use of international staff in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical experience. The expertise corporations rely on it to rent tens of hundreds of workers annually from international locations like India and China
The H-1B petition submitting is for the fiscal 12 months 2019 starting October 1, 2018.
The suspension of premium processing of all H-1B petitions that are topic to the annual caps is anticipated to final till September 10, 2018. Throughout this time, the USCIS mentioned it can proceed to simply accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that aren’t topic to the fiscal 2019 cap.
“We are going to notify the general public earlier than resuming premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions or making every other premium processing updates,” it mentioned.
On the identical time, the USCIS mentioned whereas premium processing is suspended, a petitioner might submit a request to expedite an FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petition if it meets the expedited standards.
The USCIS mentioned that the short-term suspension of premium processing will assist it cut back total H-1B processing time.
By quickly suspending premium processing, the USCIS mentioned it is going to be capable of course of long-pending petitions, which it has presently been unable to course of because of the excessive quantity of incoming petitions and the numerous surge in premium processing requests over the previous few years; and prioritise adjudication of H-1B extension of standing instances which are nearing the 240-day mark.
As an H-1B non-immigrant, the applicant could also be admitted for a interval of as much as three years. The time interval could also be prolonged, however usually can’t transcend a complete of six years. Nevertheless, there are some exceptions to it.
The H1-B visa has an annual numerical restrict cap of 65,000 visas every fiscal 12 months as mandated by the Congress. The primary 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a US grasp’s diploma or larger are exempt from the cap.
Moreover, H1-B staff who’re petitioned for or employed at an establishment of upper schooling or its affiliated or associated nonprofit entities or a nonprofit analysis organisation or a authorities analysis organisation will not be topic to this numerical cap.
In accordance with the USCIS, between 2007 and 2017, it obtained the utmost variety of 2.2 million H-1B petitions from high-skilled Indians. India was adopted by China with 301,000 H-1B petitions throughout the identical interval.