H-1B visa application process begins today

As against earlier years, the Indian companies would have to pay much more fee per application than those from other countries.

The process of filing petitions for H-1B began from Monday amidst high scrutiny by the US administration. This visa is considered as the most sought-after work visa among highly skilled Indian professionals.
 
There are indications from the Trump government that there will be zero tolerance for even minor errors.
 
America can grant at most 65,000 visas each fiscal year as mandated by the Congress. However, the first 20,000 petitions with a US master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap.
 
The demand for H-1B is very high among Indian and Chinese professionals. Within a few days after the commencement of application process, the quota is met. For fiscal year 2018, the US authorities received nearly two lakh applications. 
 
The US government, therefore, has been allocating visa via a computer generated random selection process known as lottery. This makes it a hit or a miss situation for the applicants.
 
Expecting a huge rush of application, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily suspended premium processing. “We will announce the start date for premium processing in the near future,” USCIS said.
 
The applicants seeking an extension of stay or change of status should provide evidence that the beneficiary will maintain a valid non-immigrant status through the employment start date being requested, USCIS said in its filing tips.
 
As against earlier years, the Indian companies would have to pay much more fee per application than those from other countries. They are required to pay $6,000 to the federal government per H-1B application.
 
Source: Media reports
 

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