For the 5th consecutive year, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the mandated 85,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2018 within 5 days of the pipeline opening – this time on Monday, April 3.
The twenty thousand cap for those with United States master’s degrees has also been met. For all of the applications to be chosen, the petitions go within a USCIS lottery system.
USCIS will publish next week information on the whole number of petitions taken; last year 236,000 immigrants applied.
Between 2012 & 2015, the 3 big Indian outsourcing companies — TCS, Wipro, & Infosys — submitted over 150,000 visa applications for jobs that paid a median wage of $69,500. Take a peek at the similar numbers for America’s 5 tech giants: Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, & Microsoft – they submitted 31,000 applications & declared they would pay a median wage of $117,000.
Employment of computer & information systems managers is forecasted to grow fifteen percent from 2014 – 2024, much quicker than the average for all jobs in the United States, according to the United States Department of Labor.
After Trump’s inauguration, the H-1B has come under severe attack – almost the only Donald Trump campaign rhetoric that is surprisingly striking even as the rest of Donald Trump’s ambitious plans have either destroyed in Congress or stopped by the courts.
Here are the best issues that have dominated the H-1B visa debate in the last ninety days, comprising during the weeks shortly prior to Donald Trump’s ascension:
H-1B refusals spike
Well back Donald Trump took office, the rate of H-1B denials on the grounds of inadequate paperwork have been growing. What has evolved now is that the Justice Department, the USCIS & (DHS) Department of Homeland Security have combined hands for an all out assault on telling what they call H-1B fraud?
the sixty-day grace period for H-1B workers
H-1B workers now have a sixty day grace period after a job loss different in the initial rule where they fell ‘out of status’ directly and officially had around two weeks to clear out of the nation.
Bills in Congress – turn on the heat
Many bills are proposed in the United States Congress in January 2017: The furious questions inside these bills are simple & lethal, they cut to the heart of the modern debate: How many years have you studied? Have you studied precisely that subject in which you maintain you are highly skilled? How many years can an H-1B worker lawfully live in the United States? How many ways are H-1B shops surrounding the rules?
Sean Spicer’s H-1B visa remarks set the stage
This is what began it all – Donald Trump press secretary Sean Spicer’s keen remarks during a White House briefing: “With respect to H1Bs and other visas, it’s part of a larger immigration reform effort that the President will continue to talk about through executive order and through working with Congress.”
Employment authorization for H4 EAD on thin ice
For H4 EAD holders who can neither write code nor are fashion models being the spouse of an H-1B worker just got a lot more complex – all this less than two years after the Obama government let them continue paid work in the United States in 2015.
The anti-immigrant group Save Jobs USA wants the government to dial back the H4 EAD work authorization. They have been upon this visa’s growing heft ever since the benefit was conferred on a certain category of H4 EAD workers in 2015. On February 1, 2017, the Department of Justice filed a request in the court titled ‘Consent motion to hold proceedings in abeyance for sixty days.’
H-1B Premium processing ends, 6-month freeze likely
Premium processing went into deep freeze beginning April 3, 2017, & the stay may last likely at least six months which indicates around the entire outstanding months in 2017 are essentially ruled out for H-1B workers trying to push within extensions at a quicker pace for a higher (premium) payout.
Easier for whistleblowers
There’s A new email ID – email@example.com that is heading the United States Homeland Security watchdog’s homepage for whistleblowers to report on H-1B fraud. As the noose tightens about H-1B body shops that are performing on their ability to circumvent rules, the USCIS is squeezing the screws to the limit & has now announced that it will conduct random site inspections to “identify employers who are abusing the system.”