USA makes it easier on H-1B, Green Card applicants

H-1B visa relaxation

Lately, there’s been reason for great relief for immigrants and professionals from many countries of the world, like India. The US government has declared a 60-day grace period to Green card and H-1B applicants asked to submit various documents via notices. The grace period has been given considering the massive COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

The H-1B visa is a highly in-demand visa in US immigration. It’s a non-immigrant visa. It helps US companies recruit foreign workers in skilled occupations. These jobs need technical expertise besides theoretical knowledge. Companies in the US largely depend on it to hire employees in the tens of thousands each year. These employees mainly come from nations like India and China.

A Green Card is the US’s official Permanent Resident Card that grants the holder the privilege of permanently residing in the country.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made a statement saying that the grace period is for applicants to respond to its notices or requests that include:

  • requests for evidence
  • notices of intent to revoke
  • notices of intent to deny
  • notices of intent to rescind
  • notice of Appeal or Motion
  • filing date requirements for Form I-290B
  • notices of intent to terminate regional investment centers

Now, USCIS has said that it will approve of a response to the above-mentioned notices or requests received within the new time limit. This is 60 days post the response due date given in the notice or request. Only after these 60 days will USCIS take any action on the application. The USCIS has made it clear that it will consider a Form I-290B that it receives up to 60 days from the date of the decision prior to taking any action.

The USCIS has a cap of issuing 65,000 H-1B work visas per year. These visas go to foreign workers who are highly skilled. It can give out an additional 20,000 H-1B visas to highly skilled foreign workers having masters or higher degrees from an American educational institution.

Under the current law, the US can issue at the most 1,40,000 job-based green cards per year with a per country cap of 7%.

USCIS adopts many measures to safeguard American community and workforce and to minimize the effects of immigration for those looking for immigration benefits.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to USA, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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