Nasscom is worried about the US Government’s latest H1B proposal. The latest proposal requires H1B Visa seeking organizations to register their petitions online in advance. Nasscom fears that this could lead to uncertainty and put US jobs at risk.
The Trump Govt. has proposed major changes to the H1B Visa process. A new rule requires companies seeking the H1B Visa to register their petitions online in advance. The new proposal aims at awarding this most sought-after visa to the highest paid and most skilled foreign workers.
The H1B Visa is a non-immigrant Visa and has a yearly cap of 65,000. Another 20,000 Visa places are reserved for F1 Visa holders of the US.
In its statement, Nasscom said that there is not much time left for the next H1B draw in April 2019. Organizations in the US have already started assessing their needs and have started planning their submissions. Nasscom fears that if the Trump Govt. implements any other change in the meanwhile it will lead to a lot of uncertainty.
Nasscom added that it would review the proposal and submit its comments. It will then take appropriate action wherever necessary to ensure the process is fair and causes no harm.
DHS says that public comments about the proposed rule may be submitted after 3rd December. Comments must be received on or before 2nd January, as per Business Today.
Making it difficult for global IT companies to provide their skillfulness in the US will weaken the US companies. The companies in the US look towards these companies to fill their skills gaps. The new proposal could endanger US jobs and may create the pressure to send more IT jobs overseas. Nasscom also pointed out that this new proposal could affect all companies which employ H1B Visa holders.
USCIS, however, believes that shifting to an online system would reduce the overall cost for visa seeking companies. It would create a more cost-effective and efficient petition process for the H1B cap. The online system would also greatly reduce the administrative burden on the USCIS. It will no longer need to physically handle thousand of petitions and supporting documents before it conducts the H1B draw.
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