In a shift that could gain tens of countless numbers of overseas tech employees on H-1B and L1 visas, the US is setting up to resume “domestic visa revalidation” in specific types on a pilot foundation with the aim of scaling it up in the upcoming handful of yrs.
The pilot task, to be released afterwards this yr, when completely executed, would be a major reduction to countless numbers of Indian tech experts in the United States.
Right up until 2004, specific types of non-immigrant visas, specifically the H-1B, could be renewed or stamped within the US. Following that, for renewal of these visas, in distinct, individuals on H-1B, the overseas tech employees have to go out of the region, primarily to their very own region to get the H-1B extension stamped on their passport.
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For all the H-1B visa holders, when their visa is renewed, they require to get their passports stamped with renewal dates. This is essential if they desire to vacation outdoors of the US and re-enter the US. As of now, H-1B visa restamping is not authorized inside of the US.
Restamping can only be accomplished at any US consulate.
This was a major inconvenience for overseas visitor employees and also for their staff members, specifically at a time when the visa hold out time is additional than 800 times or additional than two yrs.
The considerably-sought-immediately after H-1B visas are issued for a few yrs at a time. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that permits US firms to use overseas employees in speciality occupations that have to have theoretical or complex experience.
Engineering firms rely on it to employ tens of countless numbers of staff members each and every yr from nations around the world like India and China.
“We are performing in earnest on programs to restart this assistance for specific petition-primarily based NIV types, and we hope to have a pilot up and jogging afterwards this yr. This would eradicate the require for these candidates to vacation overseas to renew visas,” a Condition Division spokesperson informed PTI.
The Condition Division facilitated domestic visa revalidation right up until 2004 for candidates who have been bodily existing in the US and renewing a visa in specific petition-primarily based nonimmigrant visa (NIV) types, the formal explained.
“We are not able to remark on how quite a few visa holders would be at first qualified, but the pilot would commence with a tiny quantity of circumstances ahead of scaling in excess of the subsequent 1-2 yrs,” explained the Condition Division spokesperson in reaction to a problem.
More than the earlier handful of months, the Biden administration has taken various measures to streamline the visa processing method and lower inconveniences.
Notably, this was one particular of the suggestions of the President’s Advisory Fee on Asian People, Indigenous Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, which now appears to have been executed by the Condition Division.
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Less than the current rule, that arrived into drive in 2004, the technique for restamping H1-B and L visas is to go to the property region and post their H1, and L1 visas, passports, and paperwork by way of a dropbox or job interview.
Men and women have to hold out months or yrs for H1-B visa stamping or occasionally they get no reaction immediately after publishing all paperwork and get caught for in excess of 2 yrs in their property region. Even though their households are waiting around in the US for him/her to occur again, the presidential fee experienced argued in one particular of its conferences previous yr.
Moved by a fee member, Ajay Jain Bhutoria from Silicon Valley, the presidential fee advisable that H1-B and L visas be authorized for restamping in the US by US Citizenship and Immigration Companies (USCIS).
It urged the USCIS to set up a different office or device to cope with restamping of renewed H1-B and L visas inside of the US.
The fee felt that the total procedure has established to be extremely unpleasant for authorized immigrants who are invited to operate right here in the US to guidance the US firms and the financial system.