US H-1B visa reaches 65,000 limit for 2020 in first season post introduction of new rules
The United States recently have announced that it had received enough petitions for H-1B visas for the congressionally mandated annual cap of 65,000 for 2020. This is after that introduction of new rules that favour foreigners with advanced degrees from US colleges and might be a disadvantage for the Indians with Indian degrees. Indians have accounted for more than 70% of the total of 85,000 H-1B visas the US grants every year against applications by American employers for speciality occupations.
The US citizenship and immigration services, which run the visa programme, said that they have received a sufficient number of petitions projected as needed to reach the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap for fiscal year 2020.
Indians have historically accounted for more than 70% of the total of 85,000 H-1B visas the US grants every year against applications by American employers for speciality occupations. Many of those who applied were those employed by Indian companies with the US operations such as TCS and Infosys and also there were those who were hired by the American companies such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
The H-1B programme has witnessed extreme scrutiny from the Trump administration which believed that agreeing with long time critics, these visas have been used to hire foreigners at the cost of Americans, to displace local workers. The new move is in line with President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” policy and the new rules make it harder to qualify, costlier and less welcoming for the foreigners looking to work in the US..