As the government of the United States looks to increase funding for the expansion of an apprentice program through which American youths are trained in technology-related activities, a hike in the H-1B visa application fee is being proposed as revealed to US lawmakers by Alexander Acosta – Labour Secretary. This revelation was made by Acosta while he was speaking on the Department of Labour annual budget for the fiscal year 2020 beginning 01 October 2019, before a Congressional committee. However, the Republican did not go into the details of the proposed increase. The proposed raise in the H-1B application fee, as well as the categories of applicants that will be affected, is yet to be stated by the department.
Nevertheless, if history is anything to go by, Indian IT companies are most likely to bear the financial burden as they account for a more significant percentage of H-1B applications.
This non-immigrant visa gives companies in the US the opportunity of employing graduate level workers in specialty occupation such as IT. Since the government capped H-1B visa, it has become increasingly challenging to get the visa but is still generally quicker than US Green Card application, just like any other non-immigrant visa. The visa covers six years and is renewable.
Each fiscal year, a total of 85,000 H-1B visas are made available with 65,000 of these being for overseas workers with at least Bachelors degree and the remaining 20,000 for people with an advanced qualification from an academic institution in the US.
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