H-1B Visa : No Restriction, But Under Review

H-1B Visa : No Restriction, But Under Review

United States officials stated that there are no restrictions on H-1B visa right now, however, he admitted that the H 1-B visa policy is currently under review. The US official added that Indians need not worry as there are no restrictions at the moment.

The diplomat revealed that around 70 per cent of the H-1B visas issued  over the past nine months have gone to Indians and that a record 1.2 million visas of Indians were adjudicated by the US last year. The year-over-year increase in terms of issuance of H-1B visas and L1 visas (work permit) to Indians is six per cent each, the official said

Noted American diplomat said, on condition of anonymity, that there are 'no restrictions' in the place and it would be formally announced when Indian and US officials meet on September 27 in Washington DC for as part of the annual consular dialogue which discusses issues like promoting tourism, travel and business between the two countries. "The issue was not on the agenda for the upcoming Indo-US bilateral dialogue on consular relations, but it may come up in the course of the talks," he said.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has ordered a review of the H-1B visa program, suggesting it should be based on the highest-paying, highest-skilled jobs rather than deciding recipients via a 'random' lottery.  However, the committee examining the issue was not given a deadline.

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialised fields. Indian technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year for their US operations.