The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that they will be conducting a second lottery for the H-1B Work Visa. This is great news for hundreds of East Indians, the majority of applicants for the H-1B Visa.
Why Was the Visa Cap for H-1B Visa Extended?
According to the USCIS, this decision was taken in light of the recent H-1B Visa lottery conducted earlier this year which did not meet the set target. Indian IT professionals are the majority of applicants to the H-1B Visa. The H-1B Visa allows foreign workers to be employed in specialty occupations that require certain expertise.
Every year, the USCIS issues 65,000 H-1B Visas managed by the United States Congress. An additional 20,000 H-1B Visas are issued to applicants with US beneficiaries and a master’s or higher degree from a US university.
US tech companies are the most dependent on the H-1B Visa program to hire skilled IT professionals from countries like India and China.