It’s official, there will be no change in H-1B visa norms this year. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) authority announced this earlier this week.
The announcement is surely good news for Indian IT companies who traditionally have been the biggest recipient of these visas and have been dreading a change in visa policy since President Donald Trump came to power.
No change in visa rules for this year means that IT companies can benefit from the existing H-1B visa policy for their workers for another year.
Here’s all that the H-1B visa status quo means for IT companies …
New H-1B Visa Applications will be Accepted From April 3, 2017
The USCIS will start accepting applications for H1B visas for the fiscal 2018 starting April 3, 2017.
No change in 65,000 limit for general category For the FY2018, there will be no change in the Congressional mandated limit of 65,000 H-1B visas in the general category.
No last date given for accepting visa applications.
Unlike previous years, the official announcement by USCIS this time has no word on till when it will accept the H1B visa petitions. The department normally accepts the visa applications for the first five business days.
This means that all applicants will have to wait the standard period to see if they have won the “lottery”. The filing fee for premium category is $1,225, which guarantees response after 15 days.
However, this is not the first time that this category has been suspended. Also, immigration higher officials said, “Once we get all that data into the system, once we’re ready to turn it back on,
All cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3 for FY 2018 to be rejected
In its release, USCIS said that all cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3 for the FY 2018 cap will be rejected.