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US Suspends Fast Approval Of H-1B Visas

US Suspends Fast Approval Of H-1B Visas

The Trump administration on Friday said it will suspend premium processing for H-1B visa visa petitions for high-skilled workers. The lobby group, however, added that the move would not be a "significant impediment" for the $110-billion outsourcing industry.

Premium processing costs an additional $1,225 and ensures a response from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services in 15 days or the fee is refunded.

H-1B visas, often referred to as high-skilled visas, let USA companies temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.

It is being said the temporary suspension will help in reducing a backlog of long-pending visa petitions.

The suspension comes in light of India pressing for a fair and rational approach on the issue from a trade and business perspective.

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".

While premium processing is suspended, petitioners may submit a request to expedite an H-1B petition if they meet the criteria on the Expedite Criteria webpage. Processing of standard H-1B applications - those that are not premium - takes between three to six months.

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The US market contributes about 60 per cent of the export revenue for the Indian software sector, led by TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL and others.

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Commerce Secretary Rita Teotia had told United States officials and lawmakers in Washington to treat the visa issue under trade and services and not as an immigration matter.

The release also states the reasoning behind this move, claiming that it is an exercise to "reduce overall H-1B processing times".

USCIS said a "significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years" and the high volume of petitions has rendered the agency unable to process long-standing petitions.

Since FY18 cap-subject H-1B petitions can not be filed before April 3 this year, this suspension will apply to all petitions filed for the FY18 H-1B regular cap and master's advanced degree cap exemption. Otherwise, the H-1B waiting period could be several months.

The H-1B and L1 work visas are majorly used by Indian IT professionals.

However, it will continue to premium process Form I-129 H-1B petitions if the petitioner properly filed an associated Form I-907 before April 3.


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