U.S resumes H-1B premium processing for certain Indian visa categories
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 25-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 25: Responding to India's concern regarding the H1B visa, the Trump administration has come out with a new set of conditions of exemptions which seems to benefit the Indian immigrants who come under the H1B visa status. The U.S will resume the premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B visa applications.

Premium processing will resume for petitions that may be exempt from the cap if the H-1B petitioner is:

*An institution of higher education;

*A nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or

*A nonprofit research or governmental research organization.

Premium processing will also resume for petitions that may also be exempt if the beneficiary will be employed at a qualifying cap-exempt institution, organization or entity.

H1-B is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to hire foreign talent in areas like high-tech that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual “master’s cap” of 20,000 petitions filed for beneficiaries with a U.S. master’s degree or higher.

A big blow on the H1B visa which hit this year in March scared all the Indian immigrants in U.S. ; however, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services gave us a major relief on this issue. The executive order was signed by U.S President Donald Trump to toughen the rules to stop visa abuse. The particular step was initiated by Trump to carry out his campaign “American First” for bringing more jobs for his countrymen. However, the impact of the recent announcement on the Indian IT industry is yet to be seen.