Are you willing to be employed in the USA?
The previous year (2017) proved not a good one for the aspirants who intended to
work there. Those who had filed a petition to get H1B visa underwent a sinking
feeling. Moreover, the premium processing was also suspended. Many of the ones
who intended to apply for the OCI (Overseas Citizens of India), had a feeling in
the pit of their stomach. They were bouncing the idea of whether or not be able
to get H1B visa.
But this year, the Trump administration came up with a really good bulletin to
cheer those aspirants.
Do you want to know what it is? Let’s go through what the recent announcement of
the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services)-the immigration
authority of the USA, states. But first, you must know who can get the H1B
Who can get H1B visa for US?
Non-Immigrants can get H1B visa!
Non-immigrants are those who temporarily settle in abroad. They have their
permanent resident outside the US. There are a lot of reasons to acquire the
non-immigrants status. You may require a medical treatment from there; Or, you
want to go for the business meet; Or, you wish to hang around there. Whatever
reasons require you to visit temporarily, those all would be segmented under the
non-immigrant visa subjects.
In all, the USCIS nods to get the H1B visa to those who have petitioned for
getting non-immigrant worker visa. The aspirants, in this case, must have a job
offer to work there. An employer who wants to hire or sponsor a person, he has
to file a petition with the US immigration authority.
Premium processing services suspended:
The premium processing is an expedited processing of a certain petition that
offers employment opportunities. Last year, the US immigration authority resumed
this kind of expedited processing on October 3, 2017.
Generally, this kind of processing service assures accomplishing processing
within 15 calendar days. The competent authority receives this request through
an upgraded version of the Form I-907. Subsequently, it verifies the address and
other specification to issue an approval notice/ a denial notice/ a notice of
intent to deny/ a request for the evidence/ an inquiry into the
misinterpretation or fraud within those 15 calendar days.
Otherwise, the authority initiates a refund to the petitioner.
But now, that authority has suspended to process the expedited service. The
recent announcement has clarified that it won’t go for this service for now.
Thereby, it would get enough time to process the long pending visa requests that
fall under the cap. The processing would wrap up till September 10, 2018.
Afterward, it would halt the service.
In the meantime, it would accept the premium processing petition for the next
financial year (2019) provided that he/she has met the expedited criteria, like
valid proof of birth registration in India.
Premium processing would be rejected if:
The candidate has submitted the form I-907 and Form I-129. Since the acceptance
of the latter form is suspended, it won’t accept the collectively paid fee of
both forms. It implies that the non-immigration visa request would be rejected
if the candidate would have issued a cheque for collating the fee of those forms
The form I-907 ensures premium processing. On the other hand, the Form I-129
denotes an application for a temporary residency in the US to perform a service
or receive training.
USCIS accepts H1B visa petitions from April 1, 2018
Every year, the US immigration authority accepts 65,000 requests since it’s a
defined cap. Mostly, the petitioners file to employ at least 10,000 skilled
employees from China and India. The selected candidates are theoretically and
technically skilled. Majorly, that workforce belongs to the technology,
medicine, education and science.
But, the recent update states that not all non-immigration petitions would fall
under the annual cap of the 65,000 requests.
As aforesaid, the premium processing is suspended for the next FY (2019). The
petitions for the same service would not be included in the FY 2019 cap. If any
amendment will occur, the competent authority would notify the petitioners a few
So as of now, the aspirants of science, information technology, and engineering
can heave a sigh of relief. They would have a golden opportunity to carve their
career in the US.