Professionals with higher education from countries like India and China could be impacted as a new H-1B visa filing rule was announced by the United States. Under the new rule that will commence in April, foreign workers that have advanced qualifications from universities in the US will be given priority.
H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa used by companies in the US when recruiting foreign workers for specialty occupations requiring technical or theoretical expertise.
This final rule reversed US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) order of selecting H-1B petitions regular cap and advanced degree exemption.
Benefit for Both Employers and Employees
The new rule which was published in the Federal Register on Thursday includes the introduction of electronic registration requirement for petitioners filing H-1B petitions among other things. It should be noted that the electronic registration requirement will not be used for the 2020 fiscal year according to USCIS.
The director of USCIS, Francis Cissna, said these simple but smart changes are of great help to all parties involved - employers, foreigner workers and agency's adjudicators.
The new rule is according to Mr. Trump's promise earlier this month. He promised to change the visa in a way to holders stay in the US and hasten citizenship process
It will reduce the overall costs incurred by employers as well as enhance government efficiency according to the director. He said the new rule is a representation of the agency's work with the president to improve the country's immigration system.
H-1B visa is valid for three years and renewable for another three. 65,000 H-1B visa is granted annually with another 20,000 reserved for people with advanced degrees from US higher education institutions. Often, the lottery system is triggered when the demand for this visa exceeds the supply.
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