Premium processing of H-1B visas no more

No more H-1B visas on urgent basis
No more H-1B visas on urgent basis

The United States of America has suspended the fast processing of the H-1B visas temporarily. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the suspension might last up to six months after it will be under effect on April 3.

This decision has created uncertainty in the information technology (IT) sector of India. The US has cited a backlog of applications. This move will not affect Indian software exporters like Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) but also the multinational firms who send their engineers for different projects to the US.

Currently, a company can apply for H-1B visas for their potential employees by paying extra known as premium processing. This premium processing costs an additional $1,1225. In this case, the UNCIS revert in 15 days and if fails to do so the fee is refundable.

After April 3, the IT companies will not be able to send the employees on urgent basis for the projects in the US. From now on they have to plan their applications at least three months in advance.

The US president, Donald Trump, who recently banned the entry of people from seven Muslim countries, has planned to revamp the H-1B program in order to keep a check on the misuse of work visas.

SOURCES-

1. CNN- http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/04/us/h1b-visa-premium-processing-suspended/

2. BUSINESS STANDARD- http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/it-firms-in-a-fix-as-us-halts-premium-h1b-visa-processing-117030400297_1.html

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