The US Immigration is moving ahead in changing the process for issuing H-1B visa from next year. The outcome will have an impact on many Indian IT firms. Additionally, the Office of Management and Budget, has completed the reviewing process, for the proposed regulation, as directed by the Homeland Security Department that mandates the employers, to make a registration, without paying the visa fees of such employees, who are likely to get the sponsorship, for permit in H1B visa.
US Immigration Moving Ahead
A lottery system is proposed for short listing people to get the work permit, subsequent to which the authorities will accept applications. This process to issue visas would be a great favor to technology companies in the US.
There are many Indian IT firms which have a high rejection rate of visa applications, and the present administration intends to hire more locals. The DHS reviewed regarding increasing the visa fee, and upon finalization it will take effect from April 2020. The revised fee was not announced.
Impending Changes and US Immigration
The proposed rule regarding H-1B registration will be published in the next few days, and authorities will open it to accept the comments from the public before it is finalized. An expert feels that USCIS needs to ask for feedback from all the interested stakeholders before implementing the electronic registration system to ensure that they bring about a sustainable system.
The USCIS needs to confirm in a month whether it has a plan for mandating the use of electronic registration for H-1B petitions to be filed in April 2020 for the next Financial Year. This is significant because many companies commence their H-1B filing process from August till January, based on the respective industry.
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