Friday, 24 March, 2017

USA to slow processing of visas for high-skilled workers

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Lance Thomas | 06 March, 2017, 00:15

Under premium processing applicants could get the decision on their H-1B visa status within 15 days by paying an additional fee of $1,225 for the service.

In an unexpected move, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting from April 3. The temporary suspension, it said, will enable it to "process long-pending petitions, which we have now been unable to process due to the high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years". The USCIS uses a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the petitions. Standard applications take between three and six months for a response.

The US H1-B visa is a non-immigrant visa, which allows firms to hire foreign workers in specialised occupations. In 2015, nearly half of the 537,450 H-1B visas issued went to Indians. Experts have suggested that this move could impact companies wishing to send employees to the USA on H-1B for projects on an urgent basis. Majority of law makers believes that Indian companies are getting benefited majorly with this foreign guest worker programme while the American workers are getting displaced. "Unfortunately, some companies are trying to exploit the programs by cutting American workers for cheaper labor", Sen.

"While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification", the news release read.

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They said the bill would crack down on outsourcing companies that import large numbers of H-1B workers for temporary training purposes, only to send the workers back to their home countries to do the same job. Technology companies, including those from India, depend on it for hiring tens of thousands of employees each year.

The visa is valid for three years but can be extended for an additional three years. In 2000, a total of 355,605 visas were issued, compared with the 537,450 in 2015.

USCIS said the suspension may last up to six months and will help it "process long-pending petitions that we have now been unable to process due to high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years; and prioritise adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240 day mark".

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