US’ H-1B visa reaches limit for 2020 in first 5 days
Washington: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2020, after it started receiving the applications for the most sought-after work visa among foreign, including Indian, professionals.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.
The fiscal year begins October 1, 2019, and the USCIS started receiving the visa petitions from April 1.
However, the agency did not reveal the number of petitions received by it in the first five days.
The USCIS said it will next determine if it has received a sufficient number of petitions to meet the 20,000 H-1B visa the US advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap.
The agency said it will reject and return visa fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited multiple filings. It will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.
This is the first season of H-1B petitions after the USCIS announced enforcing new rules for the most sought-after US work visa applications for foreign professional.