The H-1B Visa filing process for FY 2020 has begun today i.e. 1 April 2019. The fiscal year 2020 begins on 1 October 2019. The filing window is normally open for just some says. It is until the allocation for the year is exhausted.
The H-1B Visa is for US employers to recruit overseas workers in specialty occupations. It is a provisional or non-immigrant Visa. The overseas nationals are allowed to reside and work in the US through it.
The H-1B program caters to only the occupations in the specialized category. It mandates that the applicant must have a minimum Bachelor’s degree. If the degree is from an overseas nation, it must be on par with the Bachelor’s degree in the US.
The validity of the H-1B Visa is for 3 years. It can be extended for 6 years except if applied otherwise. The Visa can be extended for 10 years in special circumstances. 65,000 plus 20,000 US Visas in this category will be offered by the USCIS in this year.
A system of the lottery is used for the allocation of H-1B Visas annually. A number is allocated to each applicant. The lottery is held through a computerized system. The numbers are picked out by it randomly, as quoted by the IB Times.
An employer data hub will be available online from 1 April 2019 said the USCIS. This is a part of efforts to enhance the transparency for the process of filing and Visa approval. The public will be able to search for H-1B applicants on this data hub. This is by State or Zip code, City, Company name and Fiscal year.
All these measures will assist individuals in calculating the rates of approval and denial. They can also review employers who are a part of the H-1B program.
The order for conducting the lottery has been reversed by the USCIS from April 1 onwards this year. Now the Master’s degree holders will participate first in the 65,000 cap allocation and then also in the 20,000 allocations for advanced degrees.
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