The United States Immigration and Citizenship Services would initiate receiving new H-1B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2020, will be effective from 1st April according to the report of media. The employment date for these visas would be started from 1st October, the American Bazar daily reported from Monday.
Like the previous years, the streamlined visa cap limit for H-1B this remains at 65,000. Additionally, another 20,000 petitioners, who own a higher degree from the United States university, will also get the visas.
But, according to many lawyers, this year may be remarkable, mostly due to resuming scrutiny, as well as few indistinct rule alterations declared earlier this year.
In January, the USCIS initiated a change orderly through which granting would be counted. The agency will now clinch all the petitions along with the ones with an advanced degree in the regular cap. In the second round, it will select the remaining petitions. The new order is expected to lift the chances of petitioners with a degree of US Master.
According to the USCIS, the new modification would raise an outcome in an estimated 16 percent rise, or an increase of 5,340 workers, in the selected H-1B petitioners along with an advanced US degree.
Florida-based auxiliary aspects of law, Vishal Ghadia, told to media, “ In the last six years, USCIS has received enough H1-B applications to fill the 85,000 caps within the first five working days of the month of April. This time, too, we can expect the cap to reach within five days and the number of H-1B applications similar to the last few years.”
However, few lawyers have told that an apparent elimination on H-1B and the entire negative sentiment around immigration would throw back on the filings. Proficient immigration attorney Sheela Murthy claimed in media: “We expect fewer H-1B filings since many employers are frustrated with the system and the administration that has its head in the sand regarding the shortage of high-skilled workers to keep up the momentum of our economy. ”
Meanwhile, Kansas City-based attorney Rekha Sharma Crawford told that due to “ the administration working overtime to limit all immigration, there is an uncertainty to the H-1B season this year”.