Non-immigrant visa processing in the US, including H1B visas, is now on the back burner. Indeed, the Biden administration is focusing its attention on more than 470,000 immigrant visa cases, which are pending in the US Counsel. This information was given in the latest data of the US government. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas is not committed to whether the ban on H1B (which ends March 31) will be lifted in the Trump era, or how the Biden administration plans to move forward .
In a briefing at the White House on Monday, he said, ‘You know, I’m not sure about the answer to this question.’ Pointing to the slowdown in the US job market during the epidemic, former President Donald Trump called for permanent residency for immigrants and for skilled employees, managers and Aya (foreigners) in the H1B, H4, H2B, L1 and J categories. Temporary work visa was withheld.
No ban on H-1B, J-1 and A-1 visas lifted
On February 24, the Biden administration issued a proclamation revoking Trump’s ban, which prohibited individuals from entering the US on immigrant visas, but prohibited H-1B, J-1 and A-1 visas. Not removed, which remain in effect and are due to end on 31 March. In two separate briefings on Monday, the Biden administration clarified that nonimmigrant visa cases are not a priority right now.
Julie Stift, who is associated with Visa Services at the Counselor Bureau, said, “We have prioritized the processing of immigrant visas. full stop.’ He said that the United States would continue to prioritize immigrant visas for spouses and children of American citizens. Restrictions on the issuance of visas and entry into the US remain intact for people from China, Iran, Brazil, Britain, Ireland, South Africa, and 26 countries in the Schengen region, but are exempt for spouses and children of US citizens and legal permanent residents .
Tens of thousands of Indian employees depend on this visa
Meanwhile, the US Citizenship and Immigration Service has begun the H-1B application allocation process for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2021. The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) said it has received applications for a general limit of 65,000 H-1B visas fixed by Congress and 20,000 more for people who have completed higher education from US universities.
The successful applicants for the year 2021 will be decided by computer through a draw. H-1B visas are in great demand among foreign professionals, including India. The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers for occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on this visa to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries such as India and China.