US Immigration: Plans to Introduce New Issuance Process for H-1B Visas -20th August, 2019


US Immigration
The US has advanced a step closer to reforming the issuance process of US H-1B visa that is brought out from the following year that would affect IT services firms of India.

In the previous week, the Office of Budget and Management announced that it had finished a review of a recommended regulation from the Homeland Security Department (DHS) that would ask the firms to enroll by without paying the US H-1B visa fees for those employees whom they are planning to sponsor for H1B work permit visa. A lottery system that would shortlist individuals for the work permit, accompanying which the appeals will be accepted. 
Indian organizations are worried that the method of announcing visas would not be transparent and would favor US tech firms over them.


Media reported on 9 August 2019 that Indian IT firms had seen greater refusals for their visa requests, as the US president administration looks at recruiting more locals. The Homeland Security Department body also did a review of rising the H-1B visa fee, a move once finalized would come into force by April 2020. The increased fees have not been declared yet. 

New Proposed Registration Rule for H-1B Visa

Once the recommended  registration rule for H-1B is announced in the following few days, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S.) will access it for public opinion before being finalized. The U.S.C.I.S. should request feedback from enthusiastic stakeholders prior to the electronic registration system is executed to make positive that they roll out a sustainable and viable system.
U.S.C.I.S. must confirm by middle of the September 2019 whether it plans to mandate the use of the electronic registration system for the US H-1B CAP appeals that will be registered in April 2020 for the financial year 2021. It is significant because a huge number of firms start their H-1B cap filing process as quick as August, and not later than January, as per the industry.
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