Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Huge relief for Indian Tech professionals as the US says that H-1B visa extension policy not to be changed

In what comes as a huge relief for Indian Tech professionals the US said that H-1B visa extension policy will not be changed. It was also clarified by the US administration that it is not considering any proposal that would result in deportation of H-1B visa holders.


The status quo for H-1B visa extension policy has been announced by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services today. It had been earlier reported in media across the world that the US administration was considering toughening rules of H-1B visas. This could result in deportation of around 7, 50, 000 Indians from the US. The reports elaborated that it was being proposed to end the extension policy for H-1B visa holders, as quoted by the Times of India.
Jonathan Withington the USCIS Chief of Media Relations said that the agency was not planning any change of rules that would force H-1B visa holders to quit the US. The provisions of the Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21) Section 104 C are not being changed, he added. This statue has the provisions of extensions for H-1B visas beyond the cap of 6 years that can be offered by the USCIS.
USCIS has also revealed that Indians were the highest beneficiaries of H-1B visas in 2016 with 1, 26, 692 visas were obtained by them. China was a distant second with 21, 657 visas were obtained by its nationals. The H-1B visas are the most sought after by the IT professionals in India.
It has been also clarified by the USCIS that it has never been considering any proposal for policy change for extensions of H-1B visas. Any idea that USCIS is changing its stand under pressure is completely false, said Withington.
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