US Govt. has made up its mind to implement what analysts are terming as H-1B visa’s biggest ever change. US Govt has indicated that they will change the very definition of ‘employment’ and ‘specialty occupations’, under H-1B visa.
‘Employment’ and ‘Specialty occupations’ are the factors based on which an non-immigrant job visa is issued. In case these are altered, then it will negatively impact a lot of IT companies in India.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said, “This regulation…would increase the probability of the total number of petitions selected under the cap filed for H-1B beneficiaries who possess a master’s or higher degree from a US institution of higher education each fiscal year,”
As per official definition from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a “specialty occupation” is defined as “an occupation that requires (a) theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and (b) attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States.”
To start with, greater emphasis will be given to those candidates, who have done a Masters from a US-based college/University.
Those who have a US-based Masters Degree will have 15-20% more chance in getting an H-1B visa. Now, observe this: out of 34.7 million H-1B visa granted in the last decade, 19.07 million have been granted to those with post-graduation degrees, and 15.43 million to those, who have undergraduate degrees.
As per reports coming in, this proposed change in H-1B visa guidelines has rattled the IT industry, and pressure is mounting on Indian Govt. to intervene………Read More>>