The government of the United States has made some changes to the guidelines of their H-1B visa scheme. This new guideline has placed a priority on technology professionals who are high-skilled and who have a master’s degree from a university in the US over entry-level professionals from third world countries.
These new changes are likely to be enforced later this year. Estimates made on the tweak show that the number of master’s degree holders who will obtain the H-1B visa every year will go up by more than 5,000. Through the lottery system, up to 85,000 professionals get the US H-1B visa every year.
In addition, the Department of Homeland Security is also bringing changes to the criteria by which tech companies select their candidates for the work permit. Having a master’s degree gives an applicant higher chances of getting the H-1B visa.
The Department of Homeland Security has also tweaked the procedure for companies to enter their candidates into the lottery. They are no longer required to submit petitions for each of their candidates.
With these new changes — according to reports — companies will be able to write brief notes about the foreign professionals they want to recruit.
The H-1B visa scheme has transformed into a controversial issue in the US. Indian companies that outsource IT services have been accused of dominating the H-1B lottery system with so many applications.
Indian IT outsourcing services providers lose dominance on the visa scheme
This new tweak is sure to create roadblocks for these Indian companies which got a higher percentage of H-1B visa issued every year until two years ago. Since 2017, US companies have been winning the greater number of these visas.
The H-1B visa, according to President Trump’s announcement last month, could have a potential path to citizenship for its holders.
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